OIC Condemns Qur’an Burning in Sweden: Muslims Protest

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The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Qur’an burning in the southern Swedish city of Malmo and hailed Swedish Government response on the matter.

In a statement issued , the General Secretariat of OIC says the act was provocative offense deliberately intended to outrage the feelings of Muslims in the world.

“The OIC rejected the assault as counterproductive to the global effort to defeat extremism and hatred on grounds of religion and faith,”

“The OIC Islamophobia Observatory (which documents Islamophobic incidents across the world) commended the serious action taken by the Swedish government against the perpetrators of this provocative act, calling on the Muslim community in Sweden to exercise restraint, avoid violence and keep a law-based attitude,” reads a statement.

In a statement, the OIC affirmed that it would continue to support the global effort to tackle this harmful phenomenon, such as through effective implementation of UNHRC resolution 16/18, which provides a comprehensive plan for “combating incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence based on religion and faith”.

Two days ago there was unrest in Malmo city after copy of Muslim holy Qur’an was burned during a far-right rally in a mainly immigrant district.

At least 10 people were arrested and several police officers injured in violence triggered by an illegal protest.