OIC-IPHRC participates in the 47th Session of OIC Conference of Foreign Ministers in Niger which adopted the revised “OIC Declaration on Human Rights”, terming it as a monumental success for protection and promotion of human rights, and commended the pivotal role of the Commission in updating the human rights instruments.
Niamey, Republic of Niger, 28th November 2020:
The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation, led by its Chairperson, Mr. Adama Nana, participated in the 47th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Niamey, Republic of Niger from 27-28 November 2020. In his address, Mr. Nana welcomed the theme of 47th CFM “Session of United against Terrorism for Peace and Development” and expressed hope that the outcome of the Conference would be instrumental in steering the Ummah towards creating and sustaining human rights respecting and protecting societies where the rights and duties of human beings are defined in the context of social responsibility.
In reference to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Mr. Nana highlighted that the ongoing crisis has taken a painful and heavy toll with devastating socio-economic consequences across the world, which calls for an extraordinary response from all Member States based on the universality of human rights and ensuring that no one is left behind. He added that it is appalling that human rights violations continue to disproportionately affect millions of Muslims across the world including women and children especially girl child, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people.
The Chairperson also shared details of IPHRC’s work and affirmed that, during these difficult times, the Commission is more committed than ever to continue upholding its mission to raise awareness about the critical situation faced by the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the continued sufferings of Palestinians and Kashmiris under the worst occupation regimes. These unfortunate people, whose rights are often forgotten, even during normal times, are increasingly susceptible to the fatalities of the pandemic due to lack of resources, hostilities, or discrimination by the concerned authorities. In the wake of these grave human rights challenges, It was further stressed that the world needs to revive the shared values of freedom, justice, and equality of humankind. Especially, OIC Member States must ensure that protection and fulfillment of human rights and fundamental freedoms should remain at the center of all prevention, containment and therapeutic efforts to ensure human dignity, non-discrimination and wellbeing of all individuals, especially the vulnerable and marginalized segments of the society. Member States and other stakeholders were urged to continue to follow human rights-based approach in ensuring participation, accountability, non-discrimination, equality, and equity consistent with international human rights standards.
The 47th session of CFM appreciated the commendable progress made by the Commission in advancing OIC’s human rights objectives delineated in its Ten-Year Program of Action and revised Charter. It appreciated the role of the Commission in updating and refining the OIC human rights instruments in harmony with Islamic values and universal human rights standards. Accordingly, the 47th Session of the CFM adopted the revised “OIC Declaration on Human Rights” which successfully concludes the task of IPHRC in reviewing the ‘Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam’. The adoption of revised Declaration is hailed as a monumental achievement for the OIC and the Member States. Furthermore, the CFM acknowledged the revised draft of the ‘OIC Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam’ prepared by IPHRC, and tasked the OIC General Secretariat to constitute an Intergovernmental group to discuss the revised draft for subsequent adoption during the next CFM Session.
The CFM also commended the role of IPHRC in proposing elements for a comprehensive strategy to counter Islamophobia in collaboration with the OIC General Secretariat. Furthermore, the CFM urged the Commission to formulate and present the proposal for a structure of a governing body in line with the ‘Framework Statute for Organs of the OIC’ while preserving its independence and peculiar organizational characteristics.
The 47th Session of CFM also held elections for Nine (9) Members of the Commission from the three OIC regional groups for a period of three years, with effect from February 2021. The newly elected members are Mr. Aboudou Ramanou Ali (Benin); Amb. Muhammad Lawal Sulaiman (Nigeria); and Mr. Saido Dogon Guida (Niger) from the African Group, Amb. Mahmoud Mostafa Afifi (Egypt); Mr. Abderrazak Rouwane (Morocco); and Dr. Fahad Abdullah Alajlan (KSA) from the Arab Group, and Ms. Asila Wardak (Afghanistan); Amb. Hossein Rezvani (Iran); and Dr. Haci Ali Acikgul (Turkey) from the Asian Group.
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