OIC Watch

  • Somalia Hosts OIC Summit in Bid for Economic, Financial Assistance

    December 10, 2018

    The Somalian government recently hosted a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in a bid to seek the global entity’s economic and financial support to the East African state.

  • OIC Stays Engaged on Palestine Issue at the UN

    December 10, 2018

    The 57-member-state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) commended the UN General Assembly vote to upgrade the status of Palestine in the UN machinery and emphasized the OIC commitment to making Jerusalem the capital of the State of Palestine.

  • Saudis Seek Balance Between Israeli Cooperation, Islamism

    December 05, 2018

    At a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at its headquarters in Jeddah to discuss action on Israel’s recent nation-state law, Saudi Arabia seeks to balance its position as proclaimed global leader of Islam with its diplomatic cooperation with Israel as an anti-Iran ally.

  • Turkey Politicizes Islam at UN Security Council

    December 05, 2018

    A leading member of Turkey’s Islamist government argued that global Muslim demographics and the bloc size of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) means the UN Security Council should be required to have a permanent “Muslim member-state.”

  • Turkey Hosts OIC Youth Media Camp

    December 03, 2018

    The launch in Turkey of an international media camp for youth from member-states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) shows Turkey’s leadership in regional and global OIC efforts to promote media-engagement skills for Muslim youth to discuss Palestinian-Israeli issues and other OIC priorities.

  • Turkey, OIC Extend Islamism into Caribbean with Suriname Visit

    November 30, 2018

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Islamic Development Bank is expanding the footprint of the 57-member, global Islamic entity into the Caribbean, organizing a visit by Turkey's Foreign Minister to Suriname to discuss deepening trade and infrastructure investment by the OIC in the Caribbean region.

  • OIC Calls for Respect of Islam, Limits to Free Speech

    October 03, 2018

    The Foreign Ministers’ Council of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued a statement at the opening of the UN General Assembly calling for the conditionalizing of free speech according to the responsibility to respect “ethical, moral, and legal obligations” relating to Islam’s “revered personalities and symbols.”

  • OIC Uses Financial Power to Promote Economic Integration

    September 11, 2018

    The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, which belongs to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Islamic Development Bank Group, and the League of Arab States have signed an agreement aiming to accelerate “intra-Arab trade,” showing the OIC’s use of soft power to achieve regional economic integration among its members.

  • OIC Denounces Dutch Cartoon Competition

    August 03, 2018

    The Secretary General of the 57-member-state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Dutch politician Geert Wilders' announcement of a cartoon competition featuring images of Islam's prophet Mohammed, rejecting Wilders' claim that the contest constitutes an important exercise of free speech.

  • OIC, Muslim League Condemn Israel for Jewish Nation-State Law

    July 23, 2018

    The two largest organizations representing Muslims worldwide, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Muslim World League, condemned Israel’s new “Jewish nation-state” law, arguing that the legislation violates international law, constitutes racism, and “ignores the historical rights” of Muslim and Christian Palestinians.

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