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Thursday, February 25, 2016

'Islamist' Turkey welcomes appointment of Turk as OSCE executive for efforts against intolerance.

'Islamist' Turkey welcomes appointment of Turk as OSCE executive for efforts against intolerance.(HU).

Turkey has welcomed the appointment of a Turkish academic as a senior representative in charge of combating intolerance and discrimination against Muslims under the roof of Europe’s top security body.

Bülent Şenay, an associate professor, was last week appointed by German chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims.

“Our country has been attaching a special importance to supporting work by international organizations in regards to preventing tendencies such as intolerance, xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia which have been rising within the context of today’s challenges such as regional instabilities, irregular migration flows and increasing terror threats,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement released on Feb. 23.

Turkish academic Bülent Şenay oversaw the conference declaration drafting. In a 2010 presentation to the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Senay deemed “Islamophobia” as “today…the strongest form of hate crime,” extending to the “psychological terror” of “cultural terrorists.”

Şenay condemned “hate speech…targeting all the tenets and adherents of Islam…under the banner of the freedom of expression.” Additionally, “hate crimes originate from hate speeches,” Şenay argued in another 2010 OSCE presentation. Şenay is the founder of the European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO), an entity prominent in the past for seeking OSCE opposition to “Islamophobia” speech (see herehere, and here).  Read the full story here

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