Applause broke out in the cavernous chamber of the Human Rights Council after the 28-12 vote, with seven abstentions, on a measure that was backed by many developing countries in Africa, as well as China and India, and Middle Eastern countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the UAE commends this step, which is consistent with the UN Security Council's adoption of the resolution put forth by the UAE and the United Kingdom on "Tolerance and International Peace and Security" during the UAE’s presidency of the Council in June.
Hundreds of protesters stormed the Swedish embassy in central Baghdad in the early hours of Thursday morning, scaling its walls and setting it on fire in protest against the expected burning of a Holy Quran in Sweden.
An Iraqi government statement said Baghdad had also recalled its charge d'affaires in Sweden, and Iraq's state news agency reported that Iraq had suspended the working permit of Sweden's Ericsson on Iraqi soil.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasised the importance of monitoring hate speech that negatively impact peace and security. Furthermore, the Ministry expressed its rejection of the use of freedom of expression as justification for such heinous acts.
Danish Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said in a statement that any action taken "must of course take place within the framework of freedom of expression which is constitutionally protected in Denmark, and in a way that does not alter the fact that it is very extensive."
Saudi Arabia also condemned the June Quran burning and called for Sweden "to stop all actions that directly contradict international efforts seeking to spread the values of tolerance, moderation and rejection of extremism."
A video of a muezzin of a mosque in Gaza passing away while reciting the Holy Quran has gone viral on social media platforms.
The handwritten Quran measured 28.5 inches in length, 22.5 inches in width, 4.5 inches in height and weighed 30.265kg. Jaleena got the certificate from the UAE-based Arabian World Records organisation for her efforts during the event on Thursday.