Monitoring report of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation: Islamophobia is transformed in government policies

The General Secretariat of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation has released its periodic report of the Observatory on Islamophobia and it is expected that the General Secretariat will present its periodic report of the Observatory on Islamophobia at the 48th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation during its meeting in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, on 22-23 March.

The report listed the new Corona epidemic, Covid-19, among the most important factors that led to the spread of Islamophobia globally over the course of 2021, along with far-right agendas, the migrant and security crisis. refugees and attacks by extremist and terrorist groups, as well as hate speech which is adopted by some media.

The report concludes that Islamophobia will continue, especially with the indicator showing how the phenomenon is in increase over the past five years. This increase appeared to have remained constant over the 14 months from December 2020 to January 2022, with the exception of a marked decrease that occurred in unevenly throughout 2021.

The report pointed out that the European continent was in first place, followed by Asia and then North America, while France and Britain included the most important activities related to Islamophobia, especially through government policies that seemed to increasingly serve the trends of the ‘extreme right.

He pointed out that there is a similar model in Asia, especially as regards India and Sri Lanka, where the phenomenon has intensified due to existing tensions with Buddhist monks in Myanmar and the tension with Rohingya Muslims.

The report indicated that the social media held Muslims responsible for the spread of the Corona epidemic, by supporting the insistence of some Muslims to perform congregational prayers in mosques, or through accusations against some Muslims that they deliberately spread the epidemic among the people, which resulted in numerous attacks against Muslims because of stories false Promoted to the public.

And it showed that a change in the methods of negative stereotypes directed against Muslims, through a decrease in the volume of prepackaged and offensive stereotypes of Muslims, in change of their transformation in government policies and political pressure exerted by far-right movements and pressure groups on Social governments media or insults to the Holy Prophet, may God bless him and grant him the pace.

As for wearing thehijab or the burqa (covering the face), the report showed that the year 2020, in coinciding with the spread of the Corona epidemic, witnessed a decline in the severity of facing this dress due to the spread of protective medical masks, but the phenomenon of rejection of thehijab and the burqa soon reappeared with the disappearance of the epidemic.

The report pointed out that there are significant global efforts to promote harmony and tolerance, as well as measures to support Muslim groups at both the UN and the European Union level, as the UN has begun to embody its own strategy. and action plan against hate speech. The United Nations General Assembly has designated March 15 each year as the International Day against Islamophobia.