Ihsanoglu stresses on measures for implementing resolutions against stigmatizing religions
Posted by Human Rights in Islamic Countries on October 2, 2012
Ihsanoglu stresses on measures for implementing resolutions against stigmatizing religions Recent incidents demonstrate consequences of abusing freedom of expression and right to protest
New York, 28/09/2012 | The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said that achievements made in regards to religious tolerance are being challenged by a very small group of misguided people on both sides. In his speech to the OIC Annual Coordination Meeting of the Foreign Ministers, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu stressed on the need to develop measures to ensure the implementation of the resolutions on combating religious intolerance by national authorities, particularly in the areas of media and education.
The Secretary General pointed out to the operative paragraph in Resolution 16/18 adopted unanimously by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011 stipulates that, “condemns any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, whether it involves the use of print, audio-visual or electronic media or any other means.”
“What is urgently needed now is the mobilization of the collective resources of all member states, equipped with a well-considered comprehensive strategy, capable of defeating this hate campaign,” said Ihsanoglu to the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, 28 September 2012.
While strongly condemning the tragic killing of the American officials in Benghazi and the attacks on the US diplomatic missions in Cairo, Ihsanoglu said that expressing anger or outrage should be no means get to killing people or destroying property.
“These incidents demonstrate the serious consequences of abusing the principle of freedom of expression at one side and the abuse of right to demonstration on the other side. These recent incidents brought again to the fore the dire need for respecting religions and their symbols.”
The Secretary General proposed addressing the root causes of this problem, which is “ignorance”.
In order to stop and break the vicious circle of hate mongering actions and violent uncalled for reactions, “we must relate our initiatives to the mass,” stressed Ihsanoglu.
He said that only two ways to address this ‘ignorance’ effectively, media and education. By reaching out to the mass through firstly encouraging the mass media to vigorously and diligently disseminate the true image of religion and beliefs focusing on their basic tenets of peace and tolerance and not on actions taken by some misguided people in the name of those religions or faiths. Secondly, efforts should be exerted to develop an education system for the next generation promoting better understanding of civilizations and common human values.
Source: OIC Secretariat