JEDDAH, 17th January, 2016 (WAM) — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, has welcomed the United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and assured its support for all such international and regional efforts aimed at combating violent extremism and achieving global peace and security.

The UN Secretary General’s report and remarks at the General Assembly on Saturday sought a new global partnership in this regard, to rightly uphold the need for particular attention to address the causes of violent extremism, which the OIC said it has always been calling for, according to the Islamic body.

The OIC added that it is gravely concerned at the mounting trend of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, resulting in a surge of Islamophobia that is “an affront to the human rights and dignity of Muslims”.

“OIC Member States are among the countries most affected by terrorism, where Muslims are suffering from the scourge of terrorist groups and Islamophobic policies and discourse,” according to a statement from the OIC.

“The United Nations Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent extremism emphasises balanced implementation of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, especially its pillars I and IV, regarding the tackling of conditions conducive to terrorism and ensuring respect for human rights for all and the rule of law, is a highly welcome step. The OIC calls upon its member states to reinvigorate their efforts in countering violent extremism and support the efforts of international community in this regard,” the statement concluded.

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