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OIC increases its involvement in the efforts to stop violence and social disintegration in the Central African Republic Following the appointment of Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal as the OIC Special Envoy for the Central African Republic by His Excellency Iyad Ameen Madani, OIC Secretary General, Special Envoy Dr. Gadio visited Bangui twice and established contacts with all stakeholders and parties in order to bring an immediate end to violence and displacement of population in CAR. read more
Ambassador Gokcen attends the meeting of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers Network OIC Permanent Observer to the UN in New York, Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen attended the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers meeting, which was held in Helsinki on 2-3 April 2014. The network is a joint initiative by the OIC General Secretariat, Religions for Peace International and Finn Church Aid. read more
Women in Islam, Inc and the OIC Mission to the UN Co-host an All-day Event Aimed at Breaking Down Gender Barriers in the Mosque A gathering of men, women, and children convened at the Church Center for the United Nations to participate in an all-day event titled, “The Prophetic Legacy of Valuing and Welcoming Women in Mosques.” The focus of the event was the historical and present-day situation of the segregation and exclusion of women in mosques. read more
Press Releases from the OIC General Secretariat
OIC Firmly Condemns Terrorist Attack Targeting Presidential Guard in Tunisia 25/11/2015 - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed its firm condemnation of the criminal terrorist attack that has targeted the Tunisian presidential guards in the evening of November 24th, 2015 causing a number of deaths and many severe injuries among them. The OIC Secretary General, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for the wounded. The Secretary General also expressed his solidarity with Tunisia in its w... read more
OIC Condemns the Terrorist Attack on a Hotel in North Sinai 25/11/2015 - The General Secretariat of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed its strong condemnation of the terrorist attack that occurred on 24 November in the Swiss Inn in Arish, North Sinai, Egypt, killing 4 people and injuring 12 others. The OIC Secretary General, Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed his denouncement of this criminal act, which targeted the security and stability of Egypt and threatened innocent people. The Secretary General stressed the solidarity and support of the... read more
Encouraging Tourism to Al-Quds will Protect Al-Aqsa 25/11/2015 - Encouraging tourism to Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) would support the Holy City, empower its people, and convey their sufferings and demands to the Muslim World in particular and to the international community in general, said OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani in a speech delivered on his behalf by Ambassador Hameed A. Opeloyeru, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs, at a workshop entitled “Exploring Tourism Potential of Al-Quds Al-Sharif City” on 24-25 November 2015 in Istanb... read more
OIC General Secretariat Committed to Coordinating and Supporting Activities of OIC Institutions 25/11/2015 - While paying tribute to the activities of the OIC’s various institutions, Secretary-General of the OIC Iyad Ameen Madani stressed that the OIC General Secretariat would continue to closely coordinate these activities and support their executive programmes. Madani made the comments during a speech at the Ministerial Opening Ceremony of the 31st Session of the OIC Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday 25 November 2015. Also in atten... read more
OIC Supports Democratic Transition in Myanmar, Urges Rights of the Rohingya to be Restored 25/11/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has noted the completion of voting in the general elections in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the landslide majority achieved by the National League for Democracy under the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The OIC Secretary General Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani has conveyed a message to the Chairperson of the NLD on the occasion of her party’s electoral victory in which he expressed the hope that “the new government would actively support the proc... read more
OIC Human Rights Commission Holds Intensive Debate To Draw Lines Between Hate Speech and Freedom of Speech 23/11/2015 - The Eigth Regular Session of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Monday 23rd November, 2015, witnessed intense deliberations on its pivotal theme “Freedom of expression Versus Hate Speech”. The meeting started with a statement from the Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan, Chairwoman of IPHRC’s current session Mrs. Ilham Ilham Ibrahim Mohamed Ahmed, in which she affirmed that the Commission strives to ensure that its delib... read more
OIC Condemns Raid by Militants on a Hotel in Bamako, Mali 21/11/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the raid by militants on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, and the subsequent taking of the occupants as hostages. It also commended the authorities for their swift and professional response in bringing the situation to an end. The Secretary General, Mr Iyad Ameen Madani described the violence unleashed on innocent people resulting in at least twenty seven death as an act of terror. He pointed out that the attack coul... read more
Erdo?an calls for solidarity among OIC countries at end of 5th health ministers’ conference OIC Health Ministers Align its Strategic Health Program of Action w?th UN Susta?nable Development Goals 20/11/2015 - The “5th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers” that was held between 17-19 November 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey, under the theme “Building Bridges for a Healthier Ummah’ concluded with speeches by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and Secretary General of the OIC Iyad Ameen Madani. In a wide-ranging speech, President Erdo?an said that the Conference of Health Ministers in Istanbul highlights the way Muslim countries are able to come together to cooperate on issues of mutual concern and th... read more
OIC condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria 19/11/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has strongly condemned the terrorist suicide bomb attacks on 17 and 18 November 2015 in the northern Nigerian cities of Yola and Kano respectively in which fifty persons were killed and one hundred and twenty three others injured. The Secretary General, Mr Iyad Ameen Madani described the attacks, attributed to the Boko Haram terrorist group, which continues to use teenage suicide bombers including girls, to target markets and other public places... read more
5th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health Addresses Major Health Issues in the OIC Member States 16/11/2015 - The 5th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 17-19 November 2015 under the Chairmanship of Turkey. The Conference will be attended by a large number of high-level delegations, including Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Health of OIC Member States, observer states and international organizations. The UN agencies and other international partners who will be attending the Conference include WHO, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Global Fund for f... read more
OIC Secretary General Strongly Condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris 14/11/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, condemned in the strictest terms the terrorist attacks perpetrated in the French Capital, Paris, on Friday night 13th November 2015, which claimed lives of and caused injuries to many innocent and peaceful people. Madani conveyed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government and people of France and wished for speedy recovery of the wounded. He also reaffirmed the OIC’s u... read more
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation Condemns the Terrorist Bombing in the Southern Suburb of the Lebanese Capital 13/11/2015 - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks that took place Thursday, 12 November 2015, in the area of Burj Al Barajna in the Lebanese Capital Beirut, leading to the death and injury of dozens of civilians. The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani described the bombing as a terrorist attack targeting the security and stability of Lebanon and terrorizing innocents. The OIC Secretary General called on... read more
OIC Commends the European Union's Decision to Label Products from Israeli Settlements 11/11/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, commended the decision adopted by the European Union to label goods and products made in Israeli settlements that are built on the occupied Palestinian territory. He considered this an important step in line with international resolutions and positions affirming illegality of Israeli settlements. The Secretary General emphasized the need to build on such measures and strengthen them with political decisions a... read more
Madani Receives Guyana President and Evokes Increasing Participation in OIC Activities 11/11/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani met today, November 11th, 2015, in Riyadh, with the President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Mr. David Arthur Granger. During the meeting, the Secretary General outlined the OIC’s endeavors with regard to political, cultural and social affairs, as well as its interest in the issues of women and children along with the economic aspects especially of micro-financing. He noted that a number of... read more
OIC Secretary General Issues an Urgent Appeal to Save Victims of Hurricane Chapala 09/11/2015 - The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, issued an urgent appeal to Member States and civil society organizations working in the humanitarian field to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims and those affected by Hurricane Chapala in the Republic of Yemen. Preliminary data obtained by the OIC General Secretariat indicate that the hurricanes caused the displacement of 40 thousand people in the Island of Socotra, the destruction of hundr... read more