OIC wants UN general assembly to declare Islamophobia as form of racism


ISTANBUL: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has demanded of the United Nations Secretary General to convene special session of the UN General Assembly for declaring the Islamophobia as a form of racism.
The ioint declaration of the emergency meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers was issued on Friday.
Talking to newsmen Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan had proposed to expand the definition and scope of terrorism, not confining it to Al-Qaeda and Daesh only. Rather, it should also encompass the elements promoting Islamophobia.
The second point of Pakistan was to convene a special session of UN General Assembly on Islamophobia. Pakistan, had also suggested that OIC Secretary General play a role in removing hate material against Islam from social media platforms as it leads to extremism.
And lastly, Pakistan demanded to appoint a special rapporteur to monitor the hatred against Islam and to propose suggestions for its eradication.
An emergency meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers was held in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss the terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand and the increasing violence based on Islamophobia.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi represented Pakistan in the meeting and presented the country’s point of view and stance on Islamophobia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a global fight against rising anti-Muslim bigotry along the same lines as “anti-Semitism after the Holocaust” following the deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques.
Speaking at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul to discuss last week’s twin terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques that killed at least 50 Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers, President Erdogan said that Muslim nations must take action against developments threatening the future of humanity.
Erdogan also praised New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s reaction to the terror attacks, calling it a model for all leaders around the world.
“Humanity should fight Islamophobia with same determination it fought anti-Semitism after the Holocaust,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan also thanked New Zealand authorities, people, premier for showing the truth, their firm stand against the terrorist attacks on the mosques.
Erdogan said he will never allow occupation of Golan Heights to be legitimised, adding that US president’s “unfortunate” remarks on the Golan Heights brought the region to the brink of a new crisis and tension.
Addressing the OIC’s emergency summit New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters reassured Muslims living in the country they would be “safe and secure” despite the deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
He further said that his country would work to protect its Muslim community and confront the use of social media to “spread vile hate.”
Earlier Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also praised New Zealand authorities and their “sincere solidarity messages”.
“We are here to show we are one body against Islamophobic actions across the world,” he said.
“We need other countries to be a part of that,” Winston Peters added.


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