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OIC'S Expert Group Meeting To Evaluate First Decade Of Islamophobia Observatory

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is holding a workshop and Expert Group Meeting on April 4 to 5 in Istanbul, Turkey, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the OIC Islamophobia Observatory.

The OIC, in a statement on its website, said that the meeting was being held to review and evaluate the observatory after its 10 years of existence.

It will come up with recommendations regarding the observatory's further roles and the kind of actions to be taken in light of the recent rise in Islamophobia.

Themed "The Role of OIC Islamophobia Observatory in Bolstering the Muslim World's Efforts to Address the Issue of Islamophobia around the World", the meeting is co-hosted by Research Centre for Islamic History, Arts, Culture (IRCICA), and the OIC General Secretariat

The observatory mandate was initiated by the 57-member states during the third OIC Extraordinary Summit held in Mecca in 2005, and was operationalised during the 34th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Islamabad in May 2007.

It was tasked to monitor Islamophobia, take necessary counter–measures, and initiate a structured dialogue in order to project the true values of Islam as well as empower Muslim countries to meet challenges related to the phenomenon.

The statement said that addressing the issue of Islamophobia was among the OIC's current priorities, adding that the General Secretariat as well as the OIC relevant institutions and offices have been encouraged to work harder towards ensuring the well-being of Muslim minorities.