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
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.