The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) denounced the systemic attacks on Muslim sentiments by insulting the religious symbols and the person of the Prophet Mohammed, reiterating its condemnation of any terrorist acts committed in the name of religion.
The organization’s General Secretariat issued a statement Friday, announcing that it has been following the ongoing practice of running satirical caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
The organization indicated it was surprised that some French officials gave statements that harm the Muslim-French relations, and allow hatemongering for only serving partisan political interests.
The General Secretariat says it will always condemn practices of blasphemy and insulting of Prophets of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
The OIC has earlier condemned the brutal murder of French citizen, Samuel Paty, asserting that it does not represent Islam or its values and that it is an individual or collective act of terrorism that should be punished according to the laws.
The General Secretariat reiterates its condemnation of the justification for blasphemy-based harassment of any religion in the name of freedom of expression.
It deplores pairing Islam and Muslims with terrorism, urging for a review of anti-Muslim discriminatory policies, unjustifiably provocative to the feelings of a billion and a half Muslims across the world.