OIC Watch

  • Turkey Donation Underlines Key Role in OIC

    January 02, 2017

    Turkey's recent funding tranches to multiple institutions of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) underscore the country's key role as a founding member and strategic actor in the "principles, activities, and objectives" of the organization that asserts it represents the world's 1.6 billion Muslims.

  • OIC Info Chiefs Agree on Global Social Media Strategy

    December 30, 2016

    Information Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member-states have concluded a conference in Saudi Arabia on the development of an integrated, global OIC multi-media strategy, with aims to address "growing terrorism and Islamophobia" and with commitments for continuing OIC media activism on Israel-Palestinian issues.

  • OIC Hails UN Security Council Vote on Israeli Settlements

    December 30, 2016

    The 57-member-state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the largest voting bloc in the UN General Assembly, hailed as "historic" a UN Security Council vote that condemned Israel for building settlements in the Palestinian Territories.

  • OIC Ministers Strategize on "New Media and Islamophobia"

    December 20, 2016

    Information Ministers from the 57 member-states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are convening in Saudi Arabia to discuss the group's strategy for using new media "to fight terrorism and to combat Islamophobia and strengthen the unity of the worldwide community of Muslims."

  • UN Supports Closer Cooperation with OIC on Violent Extremism

    November 22, 2016

    While it pledged support for a plan by one of the major financial institutions of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to invest nearly $9 billion to counter the globalization of Islamist extremism and violence, the UN General Assembly critiqued the fact that only 18 of the 57 member states of the OIC belong to the global coalition against the Islamic State.

  • OIC Emergency Meeting Deals with Sunni-Shiite Violence

    November 16, 2016

    Foreign Ministers from the 57 member-states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation are holding an emergency meeting to address the alleged ballistic missile launch by Iran-supported Houthi militia in Yemen against the Islamic holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the latest spillover and escalation of the Yemeni proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran.

  • OIC Follows Turkey's Lead, Declares Gulenists Are Terrorists

    October 20, 2016

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has thrown the support of its 57 member states behind the hardline Islamist government in Turkey by declaring that the competing Turkish Islamist movement of Fetullah Gulen is a terrorist group.

  • OIC Condemns Israeli Intercept of Gaza Aid Flotilla

    October 11, 2016

    The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the 57-member-state organization that asserts it speaks on behalf of Muslims worldwide, condemned the Israeli navy's interception of an activist boat aiming to break the country's blockade of Gaza as a "violation of international law and human values."

  • OIC Pilgrimage Decision Spotlights Saudi, Iran Tensions

    September 07, 2016

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's announcement of the global organization's commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia in its ongoing management of the Islamic pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca made clear Sunni-Shiite geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

  • OIC Chief's Visit to Bangladesh Signals South Asian Focus

    August 24, 2016

    The Saudi Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is making his third trip in as many years to Bangladesh at the start of a four-country, South Asian junket by the OIC chief, highlighting the region's importance to the 57-member-state organization whose charter is dedicated to promoting the interests of the global Muslim community in line with sharia law.

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