OIC condemns new Qur’an desecration incident in Netherlands
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned in the strongest terms the provocative act of desecration of a copy of the holy Quran in Netherlands.
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The General Secretariat reaffirms the position of the international Islamic body OIC and devoted to the repeated incidents of desecration of copies of the holy book of Islam.
The Council condemned all attempts to denigrate the sanctity of holy Qur’an as well as other sacred books, values and symbols of Islam and other religions under the garb of freedom of expression, which is contrary to the spirit of Articles 19 and 20 of the international human rights treaty, ICCPR.
The OIC General Secretariat called on the Dutch authorities to take necessary measures against such provocative acts, which constitute acts of religious hatred, in violation of international law, and to prevent their recurrence.
The recent events unfolded when Edwin Wagensveld, the Dutch leader of pan-European, anti-Islam and far-right group PEGIDA, openly defiled copies of the Quran in front of embassies belonging to some OIC member states.
The incident follows a series of similar Quran-burning acts that have taken place recently in the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.