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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation strongly condemns violence and combats Islamophobia.<br>Al Jazeera talks to Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the OIC

Article - June 6, 2013
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has released a statement vehemently condemning the barbaric killing of the British soldier, Lee Rigby.

The OIC, the world´s second largest intergovernmental organization behind the UN, brings together 57 Muslim states to promote and safeguard the interests of the world´s Islamic nations, particularly vying to help put an end to global conflict and help achieve international harmony.

Following the May 22nd attack in Woolwich, London, which is said to have been carried out in supposed retaliation to the killing of Muslims by British armed forces, there has been a wave of aggravated incidents across the UK apparently targeting the country´s Islamic communities and their places of worship.

Examples of unprovoked acts such as those carried out on innocent Muslims in recent weeks is what the OIC defines as “Islamaphobia”, a burning issue for the organisation in their mission to promote Islam as a religion of peace. The OIC has taken rigorous steps to remove Islamaphobia, strongly advocating the elimination of discrimination against the Muslims in all forms and manifestations.

Secretary General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, who is now serving in his 8th year at the helm of the OIC, has just concluded a trip to Washington DC to raise awareness about the organisation´s proactive activities in the fields of human rights, promoting religious tolerance and humanitarian relief efforts. 

In a statement reiterating the organisation’s “strong and unwavering position against all forms of terror including hatred, violence and intolerance based on religion and faith”, an OIC spokesman stressed that the killing of the British soldier outside London´s Woolwich army barracks was a “criminal and outrageous act.”
The spokesman continued to state that the individuals involved “clearly acted on their own” and it should in no way be construed or connected to the Islamic faith, which actively preaches peace and strongly rejects terror and the killing of innocent people.
The OIC is now calling on the people of the UK for restraint and has expressed their confidence that the tradition of tolerance in Britain´s multi-cultural society would not be allowed to be disturbed by such a horrific and unjust incident.