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IPHRC ends its Second Session in Ankara OIC

Date: 8/31/2012

OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) concluded its Second
Session in Ankara today. The 5-day Session was chaired by Ms. Siti Ruhani Dzuhayatin. The
Commission, most importantly, finalized its rules of procedure, in accordance with the
timeline stipulated by the Statute and in time for onward transmission to OIC Council of
Foreign Ministers (CFM) for endorsement.
The Commission focused on the human rights aspects of situations in Palestine, Syria, Mali
and that of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The Commission strongly condemned the
continuing human rights violations perpetrated by Israel, being the occupying power, in
Palestine and other Arab territories with particular reference to the policy of settlements in
terms of its implications towards the whole range of human rights of the Palestinian people as
well as international efforts towards durable peace in the Middle East.
The Commission expressed serious and grave concern at the reported human rights
violations, committed by both sides in the ongoing crisis in Syria, the Commission
emphasized the primarily responsibility of the state to maintain law and order and called for a
humanitarian pause in the armed conflict with a view to making a needs assessment. The
Commission expressed grave concern at the reported human rights violations against
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The Commission also decided to send a fact-finding mission
for an on ground assessment of the situation of Rohingya Muslims and requested the
Chairperson to contact the government of Myanmar to that end. The Commission expressed
concern at human rights violations perpetrated by terrorist groups against unarmed civilians in
Mali and the destruction of sites classified by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. The
Commission emphasized the importance and need for concerted efforts by the international
community towards finding political solutions to the situations in Syria, Mali and that of
Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar with particular reference to an early repatriation of refugees
in the neighboring countries.
In terms of the priorities identified at the First Session in Jakarta, the Commission focused on
rights of Women and the Child as well as Right to Development (RtD) and set up a working
group to come up with approaches towards addressing these rights with a view to providing
advisory opinion for the benefit of the Member States. The Commission also set up a
working group with a view to advising the Member States on ways and means to combat
Islamophobia and incitement to hatred and violence on religious grounds, within the human
rights framework. The Commission emphasized the importance of research and studies on
themes of human rights significance with a view to furnishing informed advisory to Member
States.
The 18 member Commission constitutes the first body of independent experts in the four
decade long history of OIC.


 
 
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