The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is holding an emergency meeting today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, following the burning of the Quran, the holy book of Muslims, on the first day of Eid al-Adha in Sweden.
In a statement released today by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the OIC will discuss the consequences of the burning of the Quran at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the headquarters of the organization, Ihlas reported.
The statement warned of the seriousness of such acts, which undermine mutual respect and harmony among peoples and run counter to international efforts to promote the values of tolerance, moderation and rejection of extremism.
It called on the governments of the countries concerned to take effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents and condemned all attempts to desecrate the holiness of the Qur'an and other Islamic symbols.
"The obligation under the Charter of the United Nations (UN) to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction of race, sex, language or religion was reaffirmed," the statement added. Emphasizing the importance of promoting dialogue, understanding and cooperation between religions, cultures and civilizations for global peace and harmony, the statement noted that people should exercise their right to freedom of expression responsibly and in accordance with international human rights law.
Source: Ihlas News Agency