OIC Expresses Deep Concern Over Surge In Islamophobia

OIC Expresses Deep Concern Over Surge In Islamophobia
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has voiced its deep concern about an uptick in Islamophobia following a rise in incidences of Holy Quran burning in Nordic nations.

Notorious individuals have desecrated the sacred book in Sweden and Denmark in recent weeks with the government's sanction, drawing harsh criticism from Muslim nations.

According to a statement from the Foreign Office, the 18th Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the OIC approved a comprehensive resolution expressing deep concern over mounting acts of intolerance, discrimination, and rising Islamophobia.

The 8-point action plan that the UN Human Rights Council unanimously adopted to combat incitement to hatred, discrimination, stigmatization, and violence based on religion and belief was reiterated as crucial.

Additionally, it urged all governments to fully implement the current legal and regulatory framework or pass new laws to safeguard all citizens from hatred and violence motivated by religion or belief.

Foreign Minister Bilawal was at the 18th special meeting, which was held virtually.

In his remarks to the CFM, FM Bilawal strongly denounced the Islamophobic and vile actions of desecration of the Holy Quran, which displayed religious intolerance and bigotry.

He emphasized that neither these actions nor the consent to do them constituted freedom of speech.

The foreign minister underlined the country's resolve to collaborate closely with OIC members, particularly in Jeddah, Geneva, and New York, to raise awareness of issues over the deliberate burning and sacrilege of the Holy Quran.

He applauded the passage of resolutions calling for interreligious understanding and rejecting religious intolerance in the UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly.

He also advocated for the advancement of religious harmony and peaceful coexistence.

The foreign minister reaffirmed his call for an action plan, which would include, among other things, the appointment of a UN Special Envoy to combat Islamophobia and the establishment of judicial mechanisms to hold the perpetrators accountable, a call he first made earlier this year on the occasion of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.