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MWL Says March 15 Establishes New Phase of Countering Hate Speech

MWL Says March 15 Establishes New Phase of Countering Hate Speech

Jeddah – Asharq Al-Awsat
Friday, 18 March, 2022 - 08:00
Ambassador Munir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, presents an Introductory Statement on Resolution "International Day to Combat Islamophobia" March, 15, 2022, New York. (UN Perm Rep Pakistan)

The Muslim World League has welcomed on Friday the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to adopt March 15 as the International Day for the Eradication of Islamophobia.

“The decision establishes a new phase of countering hate speech, racism, and extremism,” Secretary General of the Muslim World League Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa said in a statement.

He added that the “resolution will also effectively contribute to supporting initiatives of dialogue among religions, cultures, and civilizations, and ultimately lead to greater security, stability, and prosperity for all Muslims.”

Al-Issa praised the efforts of Islamic diplomacy and partners from all countries and international and religious organizations, which resulted in the unanimous adoption of this pivotal resolution by the UN member states.

Hussein Ibrahim Taha, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), commended the UN’s achievement, and the adoption of the resolution.

He reiterated the OIC’s belief that the designation will consolidate global awareness of the threat of hatred and fanaticism against Muslims.

Taha added that it would further encourage the international community to take concrete measures to combat the phenomenon and to advance tolerance and peaceful coexistence across the world.

The OIC considers the adoption of the resolution by the United Nations General Assembly as a pivotal step towards concrete global actions needed to combat the menace of incitement to hatred, discrimination, and violence based on one’s religion.

He further expressed the readiness of the OIC to cooperate with the United Nations as well as with all members of the international community to promote unity and harmony in order to achieve global peace and understanding.

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