Jeddah, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen reiterated the call for the United Nations and other international and regional organizations to declare March 15 as an International Day of Solidarity against Islamophobia.
He stressed that the call comes to enhance global awareness of the danger of Islamophobia, hatred and intolerance against Muslims, calling on the international community to take practical measures to address this phenomenon and to promote tolerance, understanding and peaceful coexistence in the world.
This came in his speech on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack, which targeted two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and killed a large number of innocent worshipers, expressing the organization's sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims and the Muslim community there.
The OIC's Secretary General reaffirmed the Organization's appreciation of the firm and frank stance taken by the New Zealand government and people against terrorism, appreciating the distinguished position undertaken by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in her care of Muslims in her country in these difficult circumstances and the measures taken by her government to address hatred and terrorism.
He affirmed that this heinous terrorist act sent a strong message that hate speech, intolerance and Islamophobia are a threat to all societies, and that terrorism has no religion, race or nationality.
Source: Saudi Press Agency