OIC condemns Holland’s decision to hold caricature competition on Prophet Muhammad

IRNA – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation strongly condemned the statement made by the Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders vowing to hold a cartoon competition of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), at the end of this year.

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen expressed his deep concern over this provocative contest, which is further increasing incitement and sowing the seeds of hatred among the various followers of religions.

Al-Othaimeen affirmed that as the entire world is facing religious extremism and terrorism and needs peace, dialogue and tolerance, it is time to set up internationally binding legal instruments to prevent incitement, racism and discrimination, religious hatred and respect for all religions.

‘Freedom of expression does not mean insulting the feelings of others; an attitude which cuts against the universal principle of respect for religions,’ the official said.