Tighter border controls in Denmark amid Quran burnings

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Danish police officers are seen swiftly moving toward their patrol vehicle. (Photo: Twitter)
COPENHAGEN — On Friday, it is reported that Danish police are tightening border controls following recent burnings of the Quran that have affected the security situation. The decision comes after a similar move by Sweden earlier in the week. The Danish justice ministry stated that it is necessary to increase the focus on who is entering Denmark to respond to specific and current threats.اضافة اعلان

The tighter border controls will be in place until August 10. The burnings of the Muslim holy book by far-right activists in Denmark and Sweden have incited outrage in the Muslim world, leading to demands for governments to ban such acts, Al Jazeera reported.

Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen condemned the burnings, calling them deeply offensive and reckless acts by a few individuals who do not represent Danish values. However, he emphasized the need to take measures within the framework of the constitutionally protected freedom of expression, ensuring that freedom of expression in Denmark remains broad in scope.

New laws considered
Both the Danish and Swedish governments have condemned the burnings and are considering new laws to prevent them. However, domestic critics argue that such decisions could undermine freedom of speech, which is protected in their constitutions.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson defended the tightening of border controls, stating that it aims to prevent people with weak connections to Sweden from entering the country to commit crimes or act against Swedish security interests. He pointed out that legality does not always equate to appropriateness, referring to Sweden's lack of specific laws against burning or desecrating religious texts.

Public burnings have lodged protests
The public burnings in front of the Iraqi, Egyptian, and Turkish embassies in the Scandinavian countries have sparked widespread outrage across Muslim nations. Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Morocco, Qatar, and Yemen have lodged protests in response to the incidents.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a resolution against religious hatred and bigotry in the aftermath of several burnings.

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