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OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and US Secretary of State John Kerry discuss US-OIC cooperation in key regions The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu received a call from the United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday, February 23rd. read more
For Yemen's Future, Global Humanitarian Response Is Vital This weekend in Sana'a, I had dinner with a group of young men and women activists who are on the forefront of Yemen's historic struggle for a better future. They turned out for change with great courage last year, and at dinner, with great eloquence they outlined for me the many challenges facing Yemen during this critical transition period: conflict in the north and south, weak government institutions, cultural barriers to greater women's participation, an upended economy, and one of the world's highest birthrates. read more
OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu Meets with US Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu met U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Thursday. Following the approximately hour-long meeting, İhsanoğlu told reporters that they discussed recent developments in Syria, the Palestinian issue, Africa and the Middle East as well as what steps to take in the future. read more
CAIR Welcomes U.N. Resolution Condemning Religious Intolerance The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the resolution -- sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and adopted with participation of the United States and the European Union -- also expressed concern about growing incitement to religious hatred worldwide. The resolution was adopted by consensus of the 193 members of the United Nations. read more
UN adopts Islamic organization’s scheme on religious tolerance The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to combat intolerance, discrimination and violence on the grounds of religion or belief, declaring these actions a violation of human rights. read more
U.N. Tackles Religious Intolerance without Limiting Free Speech Yesterday, in an historic vote, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on combating religious intolerance. The novelty of this text is that it does not include the harmful concept of “defamation of religions.” Instead, the General Assembly resolution calls on governments to speak out and to condemn hatred, while encouraging open debate, human rights education, and interfaith and intercultural initiatives. read more
US Secretary Clinton On The Istanbul Process For Combating Intolerance And Discrimination Based On Religion Or Belief Religion can be such a powerful bond, but we also recognize that it can be misused to create conflict. There are those who, for reasons actually having little to do with religion, seek to instill fear or contempt for those of another creed. So we believe that it is the duty of every government to ensure that individuals are not subject to violence, discrimination, or intimidation because of their faith or their lack of faith. That is the commitment that the world made to religious freedom more than 60 years ago when we adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. read more
U.S. Hosts Meeting On The Istanbul Process For Combating Intolerance, Discrimination, And Violence On The Basis Of Religion Or Belief United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 focuses on concrete, positive measures that countries can take to combat religious intolerance rather than legal measures to restrict speech. • “The Istanbul Process” series of expert level meetings seeks real and effective measures against bigotry, discrimination, and violence on the basis of religion or belief in the ways spelled out in Resolution 16/18, which are fully consistent with freedom of expression. read more
US to Host Meeting on Istanbul Process for Combating Discrimination on Basis of Religion or Belief Next week the State Department will host a gathering of law enforcement and justice officials representing approximately 30 foreign governments and international organizations united around the shared goal of combating intolerance, discrimination, and violence on the basis of religion or belief. read more