IPHRC attends the proceedings of the 26th HRC
As part of its outreach activities and coordination with relevant UN human rights mechanisms. The Commission, represented by Commission members Mr. Med Kaggwa and Mr. Adel Issa Al-Mahry, attended the first week’s proceedings of the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from 10 – 13 June, 2014. IPHRC Delegation took this opportunity to engage with the council and deliver statements during the interactive dialogues with both the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. The Commission also met with a number of stakeholders, including officials from OHCHR, Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU), the EU Delegation as well as the OIC Ambassadorial Group with which they had detailed discussion on issues of mutual concern, particularly the situations in Central Africa and in Myanmar.
IPHRC attends the proceedings of the 25th HRC
As part of its outreach activities and coordination with relevant UN human rights mechanisms. The Commission, represented by its Chairperson, Amb. Mohammed Kawu Ibrahim and Vice- Chairperson, Amb. AbdulWahab, attended the second week’s proceedings of the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from 10 – 14 March, 2014. IPHRC delegation used the opportunity to benefit from a number of presentations and discussions in the Council on various human rights issues as well as made intervention during interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and delivered a general statement under agenda item 3 covering civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Commission members also attended various panels and events on the sidelines of the Council session on issues of interest. Amb. AbdulWahab represented the Commission as one of the panelists in the side event on “The Role of Civil Society in Combating Religious Intolerance”. IPHRC delegation also met with the OIC Ambassadorial Group in Geneva and discussed issues of common interest as well as possible ways to strengthen mutual cooperation.
IPHRC participates in a workshop by the UN WG on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice of the HRC
The Commission, represented by Amb. Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed, participated in a Workshop convened by the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice of the HRC, held in Geneva, on October 1st 2013. During the workshop, which gathered representatives from various regional human rights mechanisms dealing with the issue of women’s rights, the Commission offered a comprehensive view of OIC’s activities and involvement in the area of promoting women’s rights as well as on IPHRC’s planned approach in this regard. The prospects of interaction between IPHRC and other regional and international, including the CEDAW Committee were also discussed.
IPHRC attends a side- event on Women Empowerment on the sidelines of the 24th HRC Session in Geneva
The Commission, represented by its Chairperson, Dr. Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, participated in a Side Event on “Women empowerment and participation to the public life”, jointly organized by the OIC and the African Union, held in Geneva, on September 19th 2013, on the sidelines of the 24th Session of the HRC. The event was inaugurated by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who expressed her appreciation that the IPHRC has identified the rights of women as one of its priority areas of work and called upon the Commission to build upon the work done by CEDAW and other relevant Special Procedures. The IPHRC Chairperson recalled the important steps taken by the OIC starting with the adoption of the Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women and the establishment of the OIC Women’s Development Organisation in 2010 and called upon a wide range of actors, particularly States, to take all necessary measures to ensure maximum participation of women in public life.
IPHRC participates in a seminar by DIHR in Copenhagen
The Commission, represented by Amb. Mostafa Alaei, participated in a seminar on “OIC and Human Rights”, organized by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), held in Copenhagen on September 13th, 2013. Amb. Alaei offered an overview of IPHRC’s mandates and objectives according to the Commission’s statute as well as the OIC Charter and responded to participant’s queries regarding the Commission areas of interests and focus.
IPHRC Participates in the 3rd Expert Meeting on Implementation of HRC Res. 16/18
IPHRC participated in the 3rd Meeting of International Experts on the Implementation of HRC Resolution 16/18 on Combating Intolerance and Incitement to hatred on Religious grounds. The three day meeting, hosted by the OIC, was held in Geneva from on 19-21 June 2013 within the framework of the Istanbul Process launched by the OIC Secretary General and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July 2011. It was attended by delegations from over 60 Countries, international organizations, civil society organizations and other interested guests. The Commission represented by its Chairperson, Dr. Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, and Amb. Wael Attiya, expressed support for the 16/18 approach and emphasized that dialogue needs to concentrate on common values, such as dignity, peaceful coexistence and the respect of the rights of others. They also underscored the need for the religious leaders to reinforce the work done at the international level on this subject.
IPHRC participates in a meeting of the Panel of Eminent Persons on Combating Discrimination and Intolerance against Muslims
The Commission represented by Amb. Wael Attiya, participated in the meeting of the Panel of Eminent Persons on Combating Discrimination and Intolerance against Muslims (mandated by CFM Resolution No 41/39-P), held at IRCICA premises in Istanbul, on 7- 8 January 2013. During this meeting the Commission expressed its views on the importance of addressing this menace through a systematic approach which brings to fore the collective force of international conscience against this practice.
IPHRC Participates in the 2nd Expert Meeting on Implementation of HRC Res. 16/18
On 12-14 December 2012, Mr. Mohammed Timbo participated and represented the Commission, in the 2nd International Expert Meeting on the Follow-up of Implementation of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 16/18 on “Combating Intolerance, Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence on the basis of Religion or Belief”, held in London, Wilton Park, within the framework of the “Istanbul Process”. The Commission expressed its support for a continued dialogue under the Istanbul Process and contributed to the ongoing debate on the subject.
IPHRC undertakes a consultation visit to New York and Washington D.C.
On 10-14 December 2012, seven Commission Members, including Dr. Ruhaini Dzuhayatin (Chairperson), Amb. Ousman Diao Balde, Amb. Mohammed Kawu Ibrahim, Mr. Mohammed Lamin Timbo, Mr. Mohammed Raissouni, Amb. Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed and Ms. Asila Wardak participated in a weeklong consultation visit in New York. The visit included meetings with various officials of the United Nations, including Mr. Jehangir A. Khan, Deputy Director, Department of Political Affairs, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Violence against Children, Kate Gilmore, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other high officials from UNICEF, OHCHR, UNDP and UN OCHA. The program included a day long visit to Washington D.C., where Members of the Commission met with representatives from United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the NGO Freedom House Panel.
IPHRC takes part in week long workshop with OHCHR:
In July 2012, nine IPHRC Commissioners participated in a weeklong workshop jointly organized by OIC and OHCHR, in Geneva, from 2nd to 6th of July. It served as an orientation/study visit for IPHRC Commissioners and offered a technical overview of the UN human rights system, including the Treaty Bodies, the Human Rights Council, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review. The visit also allowed the Commissioners to explore and understand the political dimensions related to human rights and offered the opportunity to interact with important stakeholders, including the OIC Ambassadorial Group in Geneva.