39th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate Item-9 – Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Remarks by OIC 25 September 2018
I make this statement on behalf of the member states of the OIC. In the fight against racism,we much attach high priority to the recent upsurge in incitement to racial and religious hatred. In this context, it is important to consistently monitor the rhetoric and even the manifestos of political parties and their leaders that promote extreme nationalist agendas. This rhetoric is increasingly becoming mainstream. The OIC strongly condemns this pervasiveness of racist and xenophobic platforms in the programmes of ostensibly democratic parties and their whole hearted acceptance and promotion by political leaders. Incitement of such ideological violence by political leaders predisposes the general public to discriminate against a particular religious community and erodes possibilities of interfaith harmony. Spurious linkages are made between the acts of some criminal, misguided individuals and entire communities. This is unacceptable. The criminal acts of a few cannot be used as a pretext to demonize entire communities. Also, there is a disturbing emergence of rank chauvinists in some countries who champion notions such as the purity of their people and some indefinable national essence to which everyone must subscribe, even it goes beyond the law of those countries militate against the most deeply held religious beliefs and convictions.
The OIC Member States are committed to promoting international peace and security, understanding and dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions and fostering Islamic values of moderation, tolerance and respect for diversity as reflected in the OIC Charter.
The OIC Member States are seriously concerned about the misuse of cyber platforms by extremist and nationalist groups to spread hate messages and
disseminate distorted interpretations of nationalistic and religious ideologies to exploit the socio-economic frustrations of the people and incite them to violence, in particular against the immigrant communities. In order to address this issue within the OIC Member States, an OIC Messaging Centre is being established at the OIC General Secretariat, to work through internet and social media platforms to delegitimize and deconstruct extremist narratives through counter messaging over social media sites. The Centre will
work in collaboration with national counter terrorism centers in Member states,
relevant OIC institutions and the UN outfits. We expect similar initiatives to be promoted in other parts of the world to denounce rising hatred and incitement to violence against the “others ”,
people of colour, migrants, and Muslims.
I thank you.
Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order and Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights Comments by Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, Permanent Representative of Pakistan 33rd Session of HRC, 13 September 2016