The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) strongly condemned the recent killings of a Jordanian Pilot and Japanese journalists by the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS). Expressing its shock and dismay at the spate of the brutal killings by this terrorist group, the Commission re-emphasized in an unequivocal term that such actions stand in stark contradiction to the tenets of Islam and any of the existing human rights or international law standards in dealing with prisoners.
IPHRC expressed its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and to the respective countries and their peoples on these cruel acts of terrorism and conveyed a clear message that no Muslim can condone such heinous acts that distort the noble and peaceful message of the pristine religion of Islam.
Recalling its strong denunciation of extremist ideologies during its last Session, the Commission reiterated that some of the causes of extremism and intolerance are fuelled by ignorance, poverty, underdevelopment, lack of education, political injustices as well as denial of human rights and fundamental freedoms. It urged the international community to address these underlying causes through a combination of economic, social, developmental and political solutions, rather than focusing on its external manifestations alone. To that end, IPHRC welcomed the apt call made by the OIC Secretary General to convene an emergency meeting of the OIC Executive Committee.
Only through strong and unified actions at all levels and at all fronts, would we succeed in our endeavors at combating the scourge of extremism and intolerance as well as to further promote the much needed dialogue, peace and harmony among cultures and civilizations, the Commission added.