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The 12th Session of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) will take place from 19 to 24 November 2017, at the headquarters of the IPHRC Secretariat in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition to Commission Members and relevant international human rights experts in the field, the Session will be attended by OIC Member and Observer States including their NHRIs.


The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is an expert body with advisory capacity established by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as the principal organ working independently in the area of human rights. 
The broad contours of an effective and independent human rights mechanism were envisaged in the OIC Ten-year Programme of Action adopted by the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia, on 7-8 December 2005. Accordingly, the creation of IPHRC was enunciated in the New OIC Charter adopted by 11th Islamic Summit held in Dakar, Senegal, on 13-14 March 2008. The Commission was formally launched with the adoption of its Statute by the 38th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 28-30 June 2011.


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