Abidjan Declaration

Abidjan Declaration

Abidjan Declaration adopted by the 49th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC), 29-30 Zul Hijjah, 1444H (17-18 July 2023)

In the Name of God, Most merciful, Most Compassionate


We, the members of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC), participating in the forty-ninth meeting of the Executive Committee of the PUIC in the city of Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, on 29-30 Dhu al-Hijjah 1444H, corresponding to 17-18 July 2023;

  • Affirming our keenness to achieve the basic objectives and principles enshrined in the Statute of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC);
  • Guided by the objectives stipulated in the Charters of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations,
  • Appreciating the prominent role played by the PUIC in international and regional parliamentary forums as the voice expressing Muslims, which has the unifying word for all the assemblies and parliaments of Islamic states;
  • Viewing the urgent need for Islamic states to exert the utmost effort to counter the political, economic, cultural and social challenges that threaten our countries, in light of the dangerous events the world is witnessing due to the struggle for influence here and there;
  • Recalling the Brotherhood Charter that was approved by the PUIC Conference in February 2014 , and the Charter for Combating Terrorism and Extremism that was approved by the PUIC Conference in January 2016 , as well as the Unity and Brotherhood Initiative that was approved by the PUIC Conference in January 2020 ,

Declare the following:

  • Affirmation of our solid conviction that our unity and brotherhood, to which our true religion has called us, is the safety valve against what our Islamic world suffers in terms of internal strife and turmoil, external threats, and development challenges.
  • Viewing the necessity of coordinating positions, unifying visions, and intensifying consultations between the Assemblies of Islamic states, in this complex international circumstance, in order to strengthen the cohesion between these states, and intensify cooperation between them. And announce also our welcome and satisfaction for the resumption of the brotherly relations between a number of the States of the PUIC Member Parliaments.
  • Affirmation that the Palestinian cause, is a pivotal issue for the Islamic Ummah,  and the Palestinian people must have their own independent state, and affirming their full right  to regain their legitimate rights.
  •  Expression of our strong concern about the growing phenomenon of hatred against Islam and Muslims known as Islamophobia, and consider it a tragic phenomenon for human civilization, especially the tearing up and burning of the Noble Qur’an in several European countries. And call for stopping insulting religious symbols, as this leads to spreading hatred and intolerance between nations and cultures at a time when the world needs to propagate the values of tolerance and understanding.
  • Denunciation and condemnation of the renewal of aggressions on the Holy Quran and the burning of copies of it, considering them a vile crime and a provocative action for all Muslims. Call for immediate cessation of such sinful actions, and taking measures to ensure their non- repetition because they cause undermining of security and stability in societies, as well as of international peace and security.
  • Call on Member Parliaments to seek enactment of international legislations to protect religious symbols and incriminate abusing them. Call also on mass media in the public and private sectors in the Islamic States to direct their products towards combating the phenomenon of Islamophobia, and the propagation of the precepts of Islam which advocate tolerance and renunciation of violence, bias and hatred.
  • Strong condemnation of all forms of terrorism. And reaffirmation that this phenomenon is a negation of the teachings of the Islamic religion which calls for tolerance, mercy and rejection of violence. Renew our commitment to combat terrorism. Call on the Member Parliaments and their respective governments to exchange their best experiences in preventing and combating terrorism, and strengthening understanding between religions, cultures and civilizations through dialogue and expanding the role of the civil society, and all interested people are to exert efforts aimed at enhancing values of tolerance and mutual understanding.
  • Affirmation of our support for the Sahel States in their battle to combat terrorism, and call on Islamic countries to help these states to eliminate this phenomenon that has resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries, the displacement of millions and disruption of the development process in these countries.
  • Reiteration of our standing with Muslim minorities in the world, in order to obtain their legitimate rights to practice their rituals, and to guarantee their freedom and access to all their political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights.
  • Call for giving special attention to the issue of displaced persons and refugees, which is exacerbated day by day, due to disputes and conflicts, and due to the spread of the phenomenon of terrorism, as well as due to human rights violations, and unemployment arising from difficult economic conditions of some of our countries.
  • Expression of our immense gratitude and sincere thanks to the Parliament of Côte d'Ivoire for the generous hospitality and warm reception, as well as for the good organization, preparation and care they have put in place for the members of the Executive Committee since their arrival in Abidjan.

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