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Organization of Islamic Cooperation

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Cooperative Progress on Disability Rights is Needed

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

As it is often cited in the US in various contexts, we should not leave anyone behind. Progress in our societies will be meaningful when it provides dignity to all and when it is inclusive.

The Way Forward In Countering Violence Of Radicals

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

We should not be victims of the vicious circles of the past, perpetually dwelling on who first incited the trend of radicalization. However, we should devote more time and energy to dealing with simmering conflicts around the world emphasizing the importance of dialogue, compassion, empathy, justice and respect.

Formation Of Buddhist-Muslim Fault Line Should Not Be Allowed

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Even though they may be a minority, there are radical Buddhist elements in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand who all reject the idea that Muslim minorities can be a part of their nations.

The Stalemate in Southern Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

More likely than not, a prolonged conflict and stalemate await southern Thailand.

Muslim World Urges Dialogue In Syria

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 04.09.2013 | World

CAIRO — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tried Thursday to entice Egypt into a new alliance that could reshape the turbulent Middle East, s...

Muslim World Divided On Syria, Mali

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 04.08.2013 | World

CAIRO — An Islamic summit that opened in Egypt on Wednesday lay bare the multiple divisions within the Muslim and Arab worlds, with conflicting ...

Freedom Of Religion And The Right To Be Respected

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 01.24.2013 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

As President Obama reminded us in his recent proclamation of U.S. Religious Freedom Day, religious liberty is a universal human right to be protected as an essential part of human dignity. Without it our world cannot know lasting peace.

What Is the Purpose of the Arab League? (Part Two)

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 02.26.2013 | World
Michael Sharnoff

Why are Arab and Muslim leaders reluctant to unilaterally impose their own no fly-zone to protect Syrian civilians? But these same leaders waste no time when it comes to condemning Israel and embracing Hamas.

Mali: Another Case For A New International Approach

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

At a time when tolerance and respect is preached as a virtue in the context of interreligious dialogue, it is evident that intra-Muslim dialogue on this issue becomes even more crucial.

Is It The Advent Of A New Era In Somalia?

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 11.26.2012 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

Children and youth of today's Somalia have never known what it would be like living in a safe, stable and self-sufficient country. But coordinated work being done there provides hope that development and democracy will prevail over the voices of extremism.

Advancing Freedoms Of Expression And Religion In The Islamic World

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

While recent events have allowed our critics to perpetuate a falsehood about the OIC's position on defamation, we must remember that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has made great advances on both freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Jaweed Kaleem

Leader Of Largest Islamic Organization Calls For Ban On Insulting Prophet Muhammad

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- As anti-American protests continue in Islamic nations against a U.S.-made film that mocks the Muslim prophet, the leader of the world's la...

The Syrian Morality Test

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

This is not necessarily an appeal for Arab troops to put their boots on the ground, but it is a reminder that Arabs and Muslims are perfectly capable of intervening. That is, if they wanted to do so.