The OIC Member States strongly believe in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all peoples, without any discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, colour or socio-economic status.
Resolution 16/18 on “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons based on religion or belief” is an important milestone to combat violence on the basis of religion. The adoption of this resolution with consensus for the last seven years in this Council reflects the commitment of the States to fight this menace. This resolution indeed provides an Action Plan for the States to combat the ever increasing instances of xenophobia, Islamophobia, intolerance, negative stereo-typing, stigmatization, discrimination and violence all over the world.
OIC Member States are concerned over increased incidents of anti-Muslim attacks and sentiments. A manifestation of such attacks is nefarious initiatives like cartoon competitions ridiculing religion and religious personalities and symbols organized in the name of free speech in Europe. Such incidents are impediments to the promotion and protection of human rights and a clear incitement to racial divide and violence. Other manifestations of such acts like racial profiling, attacks against hijab, revocation of citizenship on ethnic considerations and acts of cow vigilantes must also be condemned. These incidents are motivated by the populist frenzy and provoked by misguided media.
It is important that the OHCHR in cooperation with the international community, make efforts to bring an end to acts of hate crimes, hate speech, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation and negative stereotyping of religions, and incitement to religious hatred, as well as denigration of venerated personalities.
I thank you.
 Since 2011