Overseas Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen says gov’t will contemplate risk of intervening in ‘particular conditions’ the place ‘different international locations, cultures, and religions are being insulted’.

The Danish authorities will attempt to discover authorized implies that will allow authorities to forestall the burning of copies of the Quran in entrance of different international locations’ embassies in Denmark, Overseas Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has mentioned.

“The burnings are deeply offensive and reckless acts dedicated by few people. These few people don’t symbolize the values the Danish society is constructed on,” Rasmussen mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.

“The Danish authorities will subsequently discover the opportunity of intervening in particular conditions the place, for example, different international locations, cultures, and religions are being insulted, and the place this might have vital unfavourable penalties for Denmark, not least with regard to safety,” he mentioned.

Denmark and Sweden have discovered themselves within the worldwide highlight in current weeks following protests the place the Quran, the Islamic holy e book, has been broken or burned.

In a separate assertion on Sunday, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson mentioned he had been in shut contact along with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen, and {that a} related course of was already underneath means in Sweden.

“We now have additionally began to analyse the authorized state of affairs already … to be able to contemplate measures to strengthen our nationwide safety and the safety of Swedes in Sweden and all over the world,” Kristersson mentioned in a put up to Instagram.

Outrage in Muslim international locations

This month, far-right activists have carried out quite a few public burnings of Islam’s holy e book in entrance of the Iraqi, Egyptian, and Turkish embassies within the Danish capital.

On Monday, two members of the ultra-nationalist Danish Patriots stomped on a duplicate of the Quran and set it alight in a tin foil tray subsequent to an Iraqi flag.

Earlier this month in Sweden, an Iraqi citizen residing within the nation, Salwan Momika, 37, stomped on the holy e book and set a number of pages alight.

The general public burnings within the Scandinavian international locations have sparked widespread outrage throughout Muslim international locations, with Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Morocco, Qatar and Yemen lodging protests in response.

Sweden and Denmark have mentioned they deplore the burning of the Koran however can’t forestall it underneath their guidelines defending freedom of expression.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) earlier this month authorized a decision on spiritual hatred and bigotry following a number of burnings.

Pakistan and different Organisation of Islamic Cooperation international locations backed the movement, together with quite a few non-Muslim majority international locations together with India and Vietnam. The US and the European Union opposed the decision on the grounds it interfered with freedom of expression.

In his assertion, Rasmussen added that no matter measure was taken “should after all be accomplished inside the framework of the constitutionally protected freedom of expression and in a way that doesn’t change the truth that freedom of expression in Denmark has very broad scope”.


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