NY (IP)- In a meeting attended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday, representatives of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference(OIC) drafted a statement (to be adopted on Monday) condemning any desecration of the Holy Quran and other acts of Islamophobia.

Iran PressAmerica: The OIC Group strongly condemns the recent vile act of desecration of the Holy Quran during rallies in Sweden organized by the Danish Right-Wing Party Stram Kurs. Such provocative acts illustrate the alarming rise of Islamophobia and the need for global efforts to counter this.

Such Islamophobic behavior hurts the sensitivities of over 1.5 billion Muslims and constitutes a gross abuse of the right of freedom of expression, and substantiates extremist narratives. They result in rising hatred and violence against Muslims. 

The OIC group unequivocally condemns the practice of insulting Islam, Christianity, and Judaism alike and stands against all acts of hate and violence based on religion or belief. 

The OIC at the same time strongly condemns other recent acts of Islamophobia, including heinous attacks on mosques, killing and injuring of worshippers, destruction of Muslim homes, ban on the hijab, and other anti-muslim acts in various parts of the world. 

The OIC group calls on the international community to display a collective resolve to confront xenophobia, intolerance, and incitement to violence based on religion or belief and work together to promote inter-faith harmony and peaceful co-existence. That has been the spirit behind the OIC’s recent initiative, by which the UN General Assembly has designated 15 March as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.


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