The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has raised concerns over the rise in incidents of intimidation, anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate speech promulgated by certain groups in the country.
In line with the Final Communique of the 14th Islamic Summit Conference of OIC Heads of State, which took place in Makkah on 31 May 2019, the OIC reiterated the call on the authorities in Sri Lanka to counter firmly the spread of rhetoric of hatred and intolerance, while ensuring the security and safety of the Muslim community in that country.
“Muslims represent an important and active community, which contributes positively to the cultural and economic life of Sri Lanka as a whole,” OIC said in a statement.
OIC reiterated its firm stance against terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations, noting that terrorism has no religion and that no community should be held responsible for the actions of extremists.
The OIC said that it also appreciates the recent efforts by the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to meet with the Ambassadors of OIC countries in Colombo.
The Organization encourages all political leaders in Sri Lanka to take proactive measures to promote dialogue, peace and harmony among all communities and prevent the stigmatization or marginalization of people based on ethnicity or religion.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents.