Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Protecting and Promoting Human rights in the Muslim World and Beyond

Conferences & Meetings

An IPHRC delegation, headed by its Chairperson Dr. Rashid Al Balushi, and consisting of Commission Members Amb. Muhammad Sulaiman Lawal, Professor Akmal Saidov and Executive Director Marghoob Butt participated in the 38th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from 25-29 June 2018.

As always, the delegation took the opportunity to participate and convey its views on discussions under different agenda items. Specific statements were made during interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar and Panel discussion on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Statements made by the IPHRC delegation were circulated to all Member States and are also available on the OHCHR website.

Further the IPHRC delegation attended informal events on various issues of human rights concern to the Commission, being organized by different stakeholders, at the sidelines of the ongoing HRC Session. These events provide an opportunity to reach out to the global human rights community and share mutual experiences on subjects of mutual interest. A number of civil society representatives from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indian Occupied Kashmir and different international human rights organizations also met the IPHRC delegation and shared views on issues of mutual interest/concern.

IPHRC delegation also utilized the opportunity to interact with relevant UN officials to discuss and coordinate their ongoing cooperation and plans for joint activities during the year.

Dr. Rashid Al Balushi, Chairperson of the Commission also briefed the OIC Ambassadorial Group in Geneva on the ongoing work and activities of the Commission.

Jeddah 08th May 2018: OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation led by its Chairperson, Dr. Rashid Al Balushi, participated in the 45th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Dhaka, Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh from 5-6 May 2017. The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers and high-level representatives of OIC Member and Observer States as well as all heads of OIC organs and institutions.

Earlier on 4th May, the OIC-IPHRC delegation visited the Rohingya Refugees’ Camp in Cox’s Bazar along with other delegates participating in the 45th CFM to express solidarity with the persecuted Rohingya Muslims and to ascertain the human rights and humanitarian situation faced by them. IPHRC Chairperson, while addressing a large press gathering at the refugee camp, made a passionate appeal to the OIC Member States and the international community to come forward to shoulder the joint responsibility in providing adequate humanitarian assistance to protect them from the imminent monsoon weather. He further urged the need to scale up the international pressure on the Myanmar government to implement the rehabilitation agreement enabling the Rohingya refugees to voluntarily return to their ancestral land in safety, security and with dignity...Read More

As part of its regular activities to participate in the meetings of the relevant regional and international human rights mechanisms, a delegation of IPHRC consisting of Commission Members Amb. Mustafa Alaei, Mr. Alhoussein Thiam and Mr. Tahar Hamdi attended the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from 12-16 March 2018.

IPHRC delegation took the opportunity to convey its views during the interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar and Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar; Special Rapporteur on Minorities as well as the debate on Racism and Racial Discrimination.

Statements made by the IPHRC were circulated to all Member States and are also available on the OHCHR website.

In addition to attending interactive debates of the Council on various human rights issues, IPHRC delegation utilized the opportunity to interact with relevant UN officials and representatives of the OIC and other Member States.

IPHRC delegation also took the opportunity to meet the representatives of the Sri Lankan Mission and some of the Myanmar and Kashmiri NGOs to discuss the ongoing situation in these areas. During the Session, Executive Director of IPHRC also briefed the OIC Ambassadorial Group on the ongoing work and activities of the Commission.

OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation led by its Vice Chairperson, Dr. Rashid Al Balushi, participated in the 44th Session of the OIC Conference of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Abidjan Republic of Cote d’Ivoire from 10-11 July 2017.

In his address, Dr. Al Balushi welcomed the theme of 44th CFM “Youth, Peace and Development in a World of Solidarity”, and expressed hope that the outcome of the Conference would be instrumental in steering the Ummah towards achieving these goals, by promoting education and creativity in all member States through strengthening the role of youth in all aspects.

He also highlighted that the establishment of IPHRC goes in line with these objectives and the role of this Commission remains crucial to achieving OIC’s desired objectives delineated in its Ten-Year Program of Action and revised Charter...Read More

Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation led by its Member Dr. Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, participated in the First Session of the Ministerial Conference on preservation of the values of marriage and family institution in OIC Member States’ from 08-09, February, 2017 at Jeddah in which she made a detailed presentation on the subject at the Senior Officials’ Meeting and delivered a comprehensive statement at the Ministerial Session. 

A large number of distinguished academicians, experts, civil society representatives and governmental and non-governmental dignitaries attended the Conference, which was jointly hosted by the OIC and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...Read More

The delegation of OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) led by its Chairperson, Amb. Abdulwahab, participated in the 43rd Session of the OIC CFM held in Tashkent from 18-19, October 2016. The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers and high-level representatives of OIC Member and Observer States as well as all heads of OIC organs and institutions.

Amb. Abdulwahab addressed the meeting and briefed the participants on the activities and achievements of the Commission. He welcomed the theme of the 43rd CFM i.e. Education and Enlightenment-Path to Peace and Creativity”, as a concept that corresponds to the work and objectives of the Commission as well as a path that needs to be pursued by the Ummah for promoting peace and development in all Member States...Read More

Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation led by its Vice Chairperson, Ambassador Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed, participated in the 1st W1SE 2016 held in Kuala Lumpur from 23-25, September, 2016. Besides, keynote address by the leader of the delegation, the Commission Members, Dr. Raihanah Binti Abdullah, Amb. Mostafa Alaei, Dr. Siti Ruhaini and Mrs. Asila Wardak made thematic presentations on relevant topics.

The Summit was jointly organized by the Government of Malaysia, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), World Islamic Forum, Turk?sh Asian Centre for Strategic Studies and the International Islamic University Malaysia. The program of the Summit included an ‘International Conference on Women and Peace Building’, official launch of ‘OIC Malaysia Scholarship’ and Cultural Exhibition. A large number of distinguished academicians, experts, civil society representatives and governmental and non-governmental dignitaries attended the Summit...Read More

OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation led by its Chairperson, Ambassador Abdul Wahab, participated in the 13th Islamic Summit held in Istanbul from 14-15, April, 2016. The Heads of State and Government, Foreign Ministers and high-level representatives of OIC Member States attended the Summit.

In his address to the Summit, Amb Abdul Wahab welcomed the apt theme of the Summit “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”, and expressed hope that the outcome of the Summit would be instrumental in steering the Ummah towards achieving the ideals of justice and peace. He also highlighted that the Islamic concept of human rights is a collective system, which establishes a just and ethical social order in which dignity and honor of the individual is ensured without any distinction. Amb Abdul Wahab also called upon all Member States to earnestly coordinate efforts to promote human rights respecting and protecting societies to foster a social order based on equity and justice which is the sustainable and guaranteed means to achieving lasting peace and progress....Read More

As part of its outreach activities and coordination with relevant UN human rights mechanisms. The Commission, represented by Commission members Mr. Med Kaggwa and Mr. Adel Issa Al-Mahry, attended the first week’s proceedings of the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from 10 – 13 June, 2014. IPHRC Delegation took this opportunity to engage with the council and deliver statements during the interactive dialogues with both the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. The Commission also met with a number of stakeholders, including officials from OHCHR, Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU), the EU Delegation as well as the OIC Ambassadorial Group with which they had detailed discussion on issues of mutual concern, particularly the situations in Central Africa and in Myanmar.
As part of its outreach activities and coordination with relevant UN human rights mechanisms. The Commission, represented by its Chairperson, Amb. Mohammed Kawu Ibrahim and Vice- Chairperson, Amb. AbdulWahab, attended the second week’s proceedings of the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from 10 – 14 March, 2014. IPHRC delegation used the opportunity to benefit from a number of presentations and discussions in the Council on various human rights issues as well as made intervention during interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and delivered a general statement under agenda item 3 covering civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Commission members also attended various panels and events on the sidelines of the Council session on issues of interest. Amb. AbdulWahab represented the Commission as one of the panelists in the side event on “The Role of Civil Society in Combating Religious Intolerance”. IPHRC delegation also met with the OIC Ambassadorial Group in Geneva and discussed issues of common interest as well as possible ways to strengthen mutual cooperation.
The Commission, represented by Amb. Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed, participated in a Workshop convened by the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice of the HRC, held in Geneva, on October 1st 2013. During the workshop, which gathered representatives from various regional human rights mechanisms dealing with the issue of women’s rights, the Commission offered a comprehensive view of OIC’s activities and involvement in the area of promoting women’s rights as well as on IPHRC’s planned approach in this regard. The prospects of interaction between IPHRC and other regional and international, including the CEDAW Committee were also discussed.
The Commission, represented by its Chairperson, Dr. Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, participated in a Side Event on “Women empowerment and participation to the public life”, jointly organized by the OIC and the African Union, held in Geneva, on September 19th 2013, on the sidelines of the 24th Session of the HRC. The event was inaugurated by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who expressed her appreciation that the IPHRC has identified the rights of women as one of its priority areas of work and called upon the Commission to build upon the work done by CEDAW and other relevant Special Procedures. The IPHRC Chairperson recalled the important steps taken by the OIC starting with the adoption of the Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women and the establishment of the OIC Women’s Development Organisation in 2010 and called upon a wide range of actors, particularly States, to take all necessary measures to ensure maximum participation of women in public life.
The Commission, represented by Amb. Mostafa Alaei, participated in a seminar on “OIC and Human Rights”, organized by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), held in Copenhagen on September 13th, 2013. Amb. Alaei offered an overview of IPHRC’s mandates and objectives according to the Commission’s statute as well as the OIC Charter and responded to participant’s queries regarding the Commission areas of interests and focus.
IPHRC participated in the 3rd Meeting of International Experts on the Implementation of HRC Resolution 16/18 on Combating Intolerance and Incitement to hatred on Religious grounds. The three day meeting, hosted by the OIC, was held in Geneva from on 19-21 June 2013 within the framework of the Istanbul Process launched by the OIC Secretary General and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July 2011. It was attended by delegations from over 60 Countries, international organizations, civil society organizations and other interested guests. The Commission represented by its Chairperson, Dr. Ruhaini Dzuhayatin, and Amb. Wael Attiya, expressed support for the 16/18 approach and emphasized that dialogue needs to concentrate on common values, such as dignity, peaceful coexistence and the respect of the rights of others. They also underscored the need for the religious leaders to reinforce the work done at the international level on this subject.
The Commission represented by Amb. Wael Attiya, participated in the meeting of the Panel of Eminent Persons on Combating Discrimination and Intolerance against Muslims (mandated by CFM Resolution No 41/39-P), held at IRCICA premises in Istanbul, on 7- 8 January 2013. During this meeting the Commission expressed its views on the importance of addressing this menace through a systematic approach which brings to fore the collective force of international conscience against this practice.
On 12-14 December 2012, Mr. Mohammed Timbo participated and represented the Commission, in the 2nd International Expert Meeting on the Follow-up of Implementation of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 16/18 on “Combating Intolerance, Discrimination, Incitement to Violence and Violence on the basis of Religion or Belief”, held in London, Wilton Park, within the framework of the “Istanbul Process”. The Commission expressed its support for a continued dialogue under the Istanbul Process and contributed to the ongoing debate on the subject.
On 10-14 December 2012, seven Commission Members, including Dr. Ruhaini Dzuhayatin (Chairperson), Amb. Ousman Diao Balde, Amb. Mohammed Kawu Ibrahim, Mr. Mohammed Lamin Timbo, Mr. Mohammed Raissouni, Amb. Ilham Ibrahim Ahmed and Ms. Asila Wardak participated in a weeklong consultation visit in New York. The visit included meetings with various officials of the United Nations, including Mr. Jehangir A. Khan, Deputy Director, Department of Political Affairs, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Violence against Children, Kate Gilmore, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other high officials from UNICEF, OHCHR, UNDP and UN OCHA. The program included a day long visit to Washington D.C., where Members of the Commission met with representatives from United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the NGO Freedom House Panel.

In July 2012, nine IPHRC Commissioners participated in a weeklong workshop jointly organized by OIC and OHCHR, in Geneva, from 2nd to 6th of July. It served as an orientation/study visit for IPHRC Commissioners and offered a technical overview of the UN human rights system, including the Treaty Bodies, the Human Rights Council, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review. The visit also allowed the Commissioners to explore and understand the political dimensions related to human rights and offered the opportunity to interact with important stakeholders, including the OIC Ambassadorial Group in Geneva.