Thursday, June 3, 2010

OIC its Present Structure and its Historical Goals

The Organization of the Islamic Conference located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is an inter-governmental organization with a Permanent Delegation to the United Nations. It groups 57 nations, most of which are Islamic, in the Middle East, North, West and Southern Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Southeast, Asia, the Indian subcontinent and South America. It is the second largest international organization after the United Nations. The official languages of the organization are Arabic, English and French.

History and Goals

The primary goals of the OIC are, according to its Status, “to promote solidarity among all Islamic member states. The OIC was set up in rabat, Morocco, on September 25, 1969 in reaction to an arson attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on August 21, 1969. It is the second largest international organization after the United Nations. The flag of the OIC (shown above) has an overall green background (symbolic of Islam). In the center, there is an upward-facing red crescent enveloped in a white disc. On the disc the words “Allahu Akbar” are written in modern Arabic calligraphy. In 1982, the foreign ministers of the OIC adopted the controversial plan to Immigrate, Populate, Dominate to serve as a guidance for the member states in the matters of world domination and the Islamic presence in other non-Muslim countries. On August 5, 1990, 45 foreign ministers of the OIC adopted the controversial Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam to serve as a guidance for the member states in the maters of human rights.

Recent Issues

The Parliamentary Union of the OIC member states (PUOIC) was established in Iran in 1999 and its head office is situated in Tehran. Only OIC members are entitled to membership in the union. President Bush announced on June 27 2007 that the United States will establish an envoy to the OIC. Bush said of the envoy. Our special envoy will listen to and learn from representatives from Muslim states, and will share with them America’s views and values.

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