On the occasion of ‘International Day for the Eradication of Poverty’, Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), joins the international community in observing this important day and underlined the importance of using ‘Right to Development’ as a cornerstone of relevant policies to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions.
Since its establishment in 2011, the Commission has adopted ‘Right to Development’ as one of its priority areas. It emphasized that poverty should not be merely seen as a lack of income or resources but also as a violation of basic human rights. It stresses adoption of human rights approach to poverty alleviation based on rationale that poor have not only ‘needs’ but ‘rights or entitlements’, which raises the obligations to respect, protect and fulfill on the part of others as provided in Islamic principles and international human rights and humanitarian laws and covenants.
The Commission, therefore, called upon OIC Member States to build strategies and partnerships, based on Islamic values, to enrich and strengthen the mechanisms and measures that will help solve the problem of poverty comprehensively. It also urged Member States to redouble their efforts to devise human rights based people-centered socio development policies.
The Commission also emphasized the collective responsibility of the international community to create conducive socio economic environment for the enjoyment of human rights by all persons throughout the world. To achieve these goals, it extended its full and unqualified support to collaborative regional and international efforts to combating root causes of poverty. To that end, it also welcomed the focus in the recently adopted ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to eliminating inherent inequalities within and among nations and to build just and inclusive societies by protecting all human rights for all.