In view of the recent escalation of extremism and violence within the OIC region and the massive killings and atrocities taking place against the lives of innocent civilians, the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) deems it crucial to underline that Islam is a religion of compassion, peace, coexistence, moderation and respect to all fundamental human rights, including the right to life. Allah ordains in the Quran (Sourat Al-Mae’da, Verse 32) that the killing of any innocent soul is equivalent to the killing of all of mankind.
IPHRC reiterates that no religion should be equated to violence, extremism or terrorism. At the same time, IPHRC recalls that sabotage, indiscriminate killings, torture, mutilation, arson etc., are contrary to Islamic teachings, values and principles. Extremists, in whatever name, who perpetrate crimes against innocent people in any situation, should be brought to justice, so as to ensure the rule of law and avoid impunity.
IPHRC urges the governments, institutions and civil society, including NGOs, to strengthen their efforts to educate and raise awareness for combating extremism and violence at all levels.