The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) condemned in the strongest terms possible the terrorist attack, which occurred on Wednesday January 7, 2015 in Paris on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly cartoon Magazine in Paris, France, that claimed the lives of 12 people. the Commission regretted the barbaric act and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families, and the French nation for this tragic loss.
IPHRC reiterated its strong rejection of radicalism, intolerance and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever they exist. The Commission further noted the need now more than ever before to consolidate regional and international efforts to address and put an end to these phenomena. It is indeed the collective duty of the international community to consolidate universal values of humanity, to combat intolerance, discrimination and hatred and promote inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue for better understanding and peaceful co-existence; while observing respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Commission emphasized that responsible use of freedom of expression in accordance with international human rights law is fundamental for building peaceful and progressive democratic societies. It also underscored the importance of desisting from using religion as an excuse for errant actions including the destruction, and graffiti on places of worship etc. At the same time, the Commission warned that such acts must not lead to stereotyping, discrimination and hatred as it would exactly serve the purpose of those extremists on both sides, who want to sow the seeds of hatred between, peoples, cultures, religions and societies.