Islamophobia should be seen as ‘crime against humanity’

World Muslim Minorities summit invites Muslims to work together against Islamophobia and ‘subcontracting’ terror groups.


Organized with the aim of discussing the main problems of Muslim minorities and their solutions, a four-day summit on Muslim minorities ended in Istanbul on Thursday with a declaration saying Islamophobic activities should be declared a crime against humanity.

Starting on Monday, Istanbul hosted a four-day World Muslim Minorities summit with 211 participants from 103 countries.

Organized by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, the summit saw the participation of Muslim academics, activists, journalists and writers who could facilitate the revival of the relationship between Turkey and minority Muslim communities living in different countries.

During the summit, the participants also discussed boosting the existing cooperation in religious education and services.

Islamophobic activities to be counted as crime against humanity

A final declaration closing the four-day summit said any minority’s exposition to discrimination due to its nation, gender, color, culture, religion, or language is a crime against humanity.

Islamophobia was described as a “human rights problem” steeped in self-interest and racism.

It said those who want to make Islamophobia a part of the current political discourse aim to profit from an environment of quarrels, frictions and clashes that they have created among cultures, communities, religions, and civilizations.

Stressing that the aim of Islamophobia is planting hostility among people and communities of different beliefs, the declaration said: “Thus, it is necessary that Islamophobic activities should be considered as crimes against humanity.”


Calling the endeavor to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of an occupying community “a futile effort”, the declaration strongly condemned and rejected this “reckless attitude”, which will further curtail peace and fuel the ongoing conflict.

“For all the Muslims, Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and it will remain as such forever”, it added.

On Dec. 6, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, drawing widespread condemnation from across the region and angry protests in the Palestinian territories.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — occupied by Israel since 1967 — might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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