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24 November 2017

An international forum on theme “The role of youth in preventing extremism and violence" was held in Fas, Morocco this week, within the framework of the "The Youth Capital of the Islamic World" project initiated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Youth Forum.

Young leaders and representatives of youth movements, leading university professors, heads and representatives of various international non-governmental organizations from different OIC countries, as well as representatives of local government agencies attended the forum.

The forum focused on countering extremism and radicalism, which specifically target Muslim countries, and violence in the background of conflicts. Participants discussed youth’s duties in this direction and arrived at decisions.

The international awareness campaign "Justice for Khojaly!", initiated by Leyla Aliyeva, General Coordinator of the OIC Youth Forum on Intercultural Dialogue with a view to conveying unbiased information to the world about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and having the international community give fair political-judicial assessment for the Khojaly tragedy, were presented during the forum.

Sevinj Isgandarova, a representative from the OIC Youth Forum, spoke about the goals and objectives of the international campaign "Justice for Khojaly!", as well as about the work done within the framework of the campaign since 2009.

Addressing the event, representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Morocco, lawyers and experts condemned the tragedy of all times, including the massacre committed against humanity in Khojaly, mentioning that these tragedies lead to violation of peace and stability in the world.

The international awareness campaign “Justice for Khojaly!”, initiated by Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, General Coordinator of the OIC Youth Forum on Intercultural Dialogue Leyla Aliyeva in 2009, is being conducted in more than 50 countries. Thanks to the campaign, a number of the world’s parliament, as well as the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers and the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States recognized the Khojaly massacre as a genocide and crime against humanity.