The secretary-general of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged the international community to take effective action to prevent growing Islamophobia or enmity toward Islam and Muslims all over the world.

"Islamophobia is on the rise. In fact, it has entered the third phase," said Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in a statement on the occasion of the publication of Amnesty International's report titled "Choice and Prejudice: Discrimination Against Muslims in Europe."

The OIC chief also blamed Muslim extremists for the growing hatred against Islam and Muslims. "These extremists present a wrong picture of Islam through their negative practices that have nothing to do with noble Islamic values and teachings," he said.

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