Calling for binding laws to combat Islamophobia and hate speech
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The Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, called for the drafting of additional legally binding instruments to deal with the new appearance of racism. While a legal response involving positive punitive measures was of fundamental importance, the “multilevel approach”, which promoted human rights and tolerance, promoted dialogue and understanding and built the capacity of national authorities, security and public information officials to prevent acts of incitement of hatred, Is of vital importance. ”
Al-Othaimeen stressed the need for the international community to adopt a unified stance in the face of intolerance and discrimination based on religion in order to isolate extreme actions and extremist rhetoric from the Islamic world and the Western world alike.
This came in a speech addressed to the participants in the fifth international symposium organized by the Permanent Standing Committee for Human Rights of the Organization since yesterday and concludes today in Istanbul, Turkey, under the theme: “Islamophobia: a violation of human rights and a contemporary manifestation of racism” Legal Affairs in the Organization, Ambassador Hassan Ali Hassan said.
Al-Othaimeen stressed that the OIC’s efforts and continued engagement at all levels have come to fruition as they have enabled us to raise awareness and create institutional support through UN Resolution 16/18, which provides for substantive action to address public concerns about freedom of religion or incitement Of hatred and discrimination based on religion.
“However, given the scale of the challenge, the efforts of the OIC alone are inadequate; it requires concerted collaborative efforts by Member States, civil society, intellectuals and the media,” he said.
The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation pointed out that the rise of populist and extreme right-wing movements in many parts of the world has reinforced the discourse of “we are against them”, which has led to a gradual increase in xenophobia manifested and reinforced through hate speech, negative stereotypes, based on Religion or ethnic or social origin.
The opening session was addressed by the Chairman of the Independent Permanent Commission for Human Rights, Dr Rashid Al Balushi, and the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Turkey, Abdulhamid Gul.
The fifth International Symposium of the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights on Islamophobia aims to establish a multi-stakeholder dialogue to analyze Islamophobia objectively and to discuss the disturbing effects of this phenomenon on the persistence of racism in modern societies.

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