A spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations, has condemned Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan for saying, Wednesday, "As is the case for Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it is inevitable that Islamophobia be considered a crime against humanity." The remarks were made at the UN's Fifth Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations. Ban was criticized by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for his initial silence on Erdogan's comment.
Ban's office said in a statement, "The Secretary-General believes is it is unfortunate that such hurtful and divisive comments were uttered at a meeting being held under the theme of
responsible leadership." The statement continued, "The Secretary-General heard the Prime Ministers speech through an interpreter. If the comment about Zionism was interpreted correctly, then it was not only wrong but contradicts the very principles on which the Alliance of Civilizations is based."