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Islamophobia and IOC

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.

Islamophobia and IOC

What to study?

For Prelims: All about IOC.

For Mains: Islamophobia- causes, concerns and need for immediate measures.

Context: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has criticised India for what it called “growing Islamophobia”.

IOC said, Muslim minorities are being “negatively profiled,” facing “discrimination and violence” amidst the COVID-19 crisis in India.

What has the IOC said?

It has urged the Indian Govt to take urgent steps to stop the growing tide of Islamophobia in India and protect the rights of its persecuted Muslim minority as per its obligations under international Human Rights law.

What’s the issue?

A religious gathering of muslims (Tablighi Jamaat) was held in Delhi in March. The event was linked to many of the Covid-19 positive cases in India. After this most sections of the media, people on social media blamed the Tablighi jamaat and muslims for deliberately spreading the Covid-19 in India.

About the OIC:

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is an international organization founded in 1969, consisting of 57 member states.

It is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations.

The organisation states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony “.

The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union.

Permanent Secretariat is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

OIC

Insta Links:

Prelims Link:

  1. Members of IOC and their geographical locations?
  2. Is India a member of IOC?
  3. IOC objectives?
  4. Other Islamic groups of international importance?

Mains Link:

Are Muslim minorities being “negatively profiled” amidst the COVID-19 crisis in India. Discuss.

Sources: the Hindu.