The Geneva Centre condemns the heinous murder of Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto. Through his dauntless journalism, Mr. Goto sought to communicate to the world the sufferings of the proud Syrian people. His journalism focused on the lives of ordinary people in war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East, and he was truly an advocate and campaigner for peace in the region.

We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Mr. Goto’s family and loved ones, and stand in solidarity with the Japanese people. This barbaric act was one of cowardice, one that should not be taken lightly. We stand in unanimity against the appalling acts committed by the so-called “Islamic State” in Syria and in Iraq.

The Geneva Centre supports the efforts the Japanese government has made to commit to the promotion of peace and human rights in the Middle East. Through the fearless work done by Japanese journalists such as Kenji Goto the road to peace is bearing fruit.

The continued murderous campaign waged by the so-called “ISIS” against innocent civilians is a wake-up call to individuals around the world to promote and protect human rights, particularly the right to life. The Geneva Centre denounces all acts of violence committed by terrorists around the world.

Following OIC Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Madani’s call to fight against extremism, the Geneva Centre would like to reiterate the need to reject all forms of extremism as well as to discern such reprehensible actions from Islam.

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