Madani reaffirms OIC commitment to fight against terrorism and violent extremism at Global Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON, 20th February, 2015 (WAM) — Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani has reaffirmed OIC’s commitment towards fighting terrorism and violent extremism, saying that the Organisation firmly stands by its principled position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations committed by whosoever and wherever and to its unequivocal rejection of all attempts to associate any country, race, religion, culture or nationality with violent extremism.

In his statement at the First Session of the Global Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, held in Washington D.C., the Secretary-General commending the holding of the conference on “Countering Violent Extremism”, and underlining that “we do value the processes of possible themes and agendas that the United States had put forward for discussion and enrichment in the meeting.” He said that agreeing to processes is very important, “if we are to work together, support and complement each other in a detailed and specific manner in countering the menace of extreme violence.” “But just as important, or perhaps a prerequisite to processes, is the need for a clear understanding of the roots, the underlining currents, the formative ideas that create terrorism and turn an individual into a terrorist. We must pause and ask ourselves where have this violence and evil come from what is it that we have done to our collective self and globalized world to allow extreme violence and mindless disregard and duplicity to the very basics of human rights to grow and take hold of ourselves?” he asked.

“We may cite examples and debate endlessly to identify who is responsible for the spread of violent extremism, but pointing fingers is not the answer, it is actually an escape. Soul searching and looking into our inner individual, national, ideological and religious self to identify that black hole within all of us is the beginning of our road to salvation. We have to delegitimize the narratives of dominance, occupation and extremism that claim legitimacy of violent and manipulative acts in the name of religion, ideology or cultural superiority,” the Secretary-General said.

Mr. Madani further stated, “The OIC actively aocates the view that violent extremism cannot be tackled by security or military means alone and that due attention, analysis and concrete plans of action must address the multifaceted dimensions of the phenomenon of violent extremism. Top among these is to understand and address the political and socio-economic contexts that bring forth conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism, such as continued economic deprivation, exclusion, separation, marginalization, alienation and the forced dismantling of political, legal, security and socio-cultural institutions.” “Just as important, the OIC takes the position that we must recognize, apologize for and ratify the historical injustices done to peoples who suffered under colonialism and that the denial of the rights of peoples to self-determination in situations of current foreign occupation must end.” The OIC also draws attention to the necessity to examine the potential of external actors penetrating terrorist and extremist groups for the purpose of serving their own political agendas, he added.

He concluded his statement by saying, “Let me conclude by emphasizing that Muslims are among those most widely impacted by extreme violence. Muslims suffer from those groups that have kidnapped Islam in the most inaccurate and illiterate readings of its texts and at the same time, Muslims are under bombardments of ideological and Islamphobic voices that stigmatize, outcast and blame Islam and Muslims for the ills of the world. Muslims have also been at the receiving end of traditional colonialism, neo-colonialism, and political discourse of neo-liberalism. Thus, we, as an Organization have every interest to join, contribute to and be in the forefront of all efforts in the fight against extreme violence as understood in its multifaceted nature, sources and manifestations. In this regard, we stand firmly by the Human Rights Council Resolution 1618 and work sincerely with our partners including the USA and EU towards the implementation of its provisions.”