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OIC ministerial meeting calls for combating intolerance

Posted by Human Rights in Islamic Countries on July 19, 2011

OIC ministerial meeting calls for combating intolerance

        Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Shaaban-al-Moazzam 16, 1432

Istanbul— The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hosted a ministerial meeting in Istanbul on July 15, 2011, which gave a united impetus to the implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence, and violence against persons based on religion or belief”.
The meeting was co-chaired by the OIC Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and US Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton. Foreign Ministers and officials of 28 countries from around the world and international organizations as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs were invited to participate.

A joint statement was issued by the Co-Chairs at the end of the meeting in which they called upon all relevant stakeholders throughout the world to take seriously the call for action set forth in resolution 16/18, which contributes to strengthening the foundations of tolerance and respect for religious diversity as well as enhancing the promotion and protections of human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world.

The participants, resolved to go beyond mere rhetoric. They reaffirm their commitment to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expressions by urging States to take effective measures, as set forth in Resolution 16/18, consistent with their obligations under international human rights law, to address and combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief.

The Co-Chairs of the meeting committed to working together with other interested countries and actors on follow up and implementation of Resolution 16/18 and to conduct further events and activities to discuss and assess implementation of the Resolution. Participants are encouraged to consider to provide updates, as part of ongoing reporting to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, on steps taken at the international level on the implementation of Resolution 16/18, building also on related measures in the other resolutions adopted by consensus on freedom of religion or belief and on the elimination of religious intolerance and discrimination.

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