OIC says disparaging Prophet Mohammed is not freedom of expression, refers to European Court of Human Rights ruling

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Jeddah, Oct. 29 (BNA): The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated its assertion that insulting Prophet Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, is unacceptable under any pretext.


The OIC referred to the ruling issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in October 2018 stating that insulting Prophet Mohammed does not fall under freedom of expression.


The ECHR ruling supports a verdict by a court in Austria against an Austrian woman who was convicted for insulting the Prophet.


In a statement issued on Thursday by its Secretariat General, the OIC also renewed its rejection of any attempt to link Islam with terrorism.


The pan-Islamic organization of 57 member states said it condemned all forms of terrorist acts, regardless of their perpetrators, and called for intellectual and cultural freedom to be a beacon that radiates respect, tolerance and peace.


The OIC also rejected all practices and actions that generate hatred, violence and extremism and violate the values of coexistence and mutual respect among all peoples across the world.


In the statement, the OIC said it was monitoring the repercussions of the offensive cartoons of the Prophet and that it strongly condemned the provocation of Muslim feelings under the claim of freedom of expression.


On October 23, the OIC issued a statement expressing its astonishment at the official political rhetoric by some French officials that harms French-Islamic relations and fuels feelings of hatred for the sake of partisan political gains.


The statement stressed that the OIC "will continue to condemn the disparaging of God’s prophets in Islam, Christianity and Judaism."


Following the OIC statement, several member states stressed support for the position of the organization, the world’s second largest after the United Nations.