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169. The Conference encouraged all Member States to promote inter-faith and inter-religious dialogues within the OIC Member States to raise awareness about religious interpretations and beliefs, and open space for further discussion about Islam and faith and to initiate relevant projects at the level of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. In this regard, the Conference welcomed and commended the Government of the State of Qatar and its partners for regularly organizing an international interfaith dialogue conference which aims to promote and defend the image of Islam and the Muslim Ummah. The Conference also welcomed the periodic hosting of the conference of Ulemas of East Africa organ? Zed annually by the Republic of Djibouti? for scholars of East Africa with the aim of promoting moderation and fighting terrorism and misleading ideas offensive to Islam. 170. The Conference welcomed the award of the Inter-religious and Inter-civilizational Coexistence Organization's prize to His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain in appreciation of His Majesty's contributions and role in promoting purposeful inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, mutual respect among peoples and communities, confidence building, understanding and rejection of hatred. It expressed appreciation to the Kingdom of Bahrain for hosting the Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures conference in the period from 5 - 7 May 2014 and welcomed the outcome of the conference contained in the "Bahrain Declaration." 171. The Conference welcomed the declaration of the Marrakech Conference on the Rights of Religious. Minorities in the Islamic World, which was held in Marrakech, the Kingdom of Morocco on 25-27 January 2016 and which advocate disseminating awareness on the rights of religious minorities in the Islamic societies, refraining from using religion to justify any detracting from the rights of religious minorities in the Islamic countries, addressing the past memory shocks resulting from mutual selective happenings and the oblivion of the centuries of mutual coexistence on the same soil, and building bridges of mutual confidence away from injustice, exclusion, and violence. 172. The Conference encouraged the Member States with ethnic diversity to consider establishing intra-state bodies responsible for cementing social peace, reversing social exclusion, and deterring its potential impact on cohesion, by conscious and proactive efforts to bring about mentality change to secure the intra social tolerance, security and harmony. 173. The Conference encouraged all Member States to work with the media to promote the understanding of responsible use of freedom of speech, to hold the media accountable for perpetuating hate speech and extremism, and to speed up the implementation of the OIC Media Strategy in Countering Islamophobia, adopted at the Ninth Islamic Conference of Information Ministers (ICIM), held in Libreville, Gabonese Republic, in April 2012. 174. The Conference took note of the offer of the Islamic Republic of Gambia to host the 11th Session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers (ICIM), and called upon OIC Secretary General to conduct consultations on the venue of the said session. 175. The Conference expressed deep concern over the rise of attacks targeting mosques and other properties belonging to Muslims. The Conference also observed that the recent migrant flow from the Middle East to Europe has further exacerbated xenophobic and Islamophobia tendencies in European countries. Xenophobic acts and sentiments are further fueled by populist rhetoric of the far-right political parties for the sake of short-sighted political interests. Discriminatory discourse sows the seeds of division within societies and undermines the Muslims' sense of belonging to and their trust in the society they live in. The conference underscored the importance of not using Islamophobia and xenophobic tendencies in the society as a tool for popular policies. It also maintained that media and politicians play an important role to direct the societies in a responsible manner on this issue. In this regard, the Conference welcomed the establishment of a Contact Group for Muslims in Europe. --More 20:51 LOCAL TIME 17:51 GMT

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Date:Apr 15, 2016
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