OIC calls on UN to declare March 15 as solidarity day against Islamophobia

OIC calls on UN to declare March 15 as solidarity day against Islamophobia

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ISTANBUL: “[The OIC] calls on the U.N. and other international and regional organizations to adopt March 15, the day this horrendous act of terrorism was perpetrated, as the International Day of Solidarity against Islamophobia,” read a joint communiqué released following the emergency meeting of the OIC in Istanbul on March 22.

The executive-committee of the OIC held an emergency meeting to discuss the brutal attack against the Muslim community in Christchurch city, New Zealand, on March 15. A gunman killed 51 Muslims in attacks against two mosques during Friday prayers.

The OIC demanded the U.N. secretary-general to accelerate his efforts against anti-Muslim trends in the world as it called the secretary “to convene a special session of the U.N. General Assembly to declare Islamophobia as a form of racism and to assign a special rapporteur for monitoring and combatting Islamophobia.”

The communiqué also urged the U.N. secretary-general to ensure measures are taken on social media platforms. “OIC requests the secretary-general to engage managements of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in order for them to take institutional and technical measures to filter and ban any content that incites violence and hatred against Muslims,” it said.__Hurriyet

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