IPHRC Delegation attends the Proceedings of the 39th Session of UN HRC
An IPHRC delegation, headed by its Vice Chairperson Mr. Med S. Kaggwa, and consisting of Commission Member Mr. Mahmoud Afifi and Executive Director Marghoob Butt participated in the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from 10-14 September 2018.
The delegation attended all meetings of the Council and conveyed its views on discussions under different agenda items. Specific statements were made during interactive dialogues with the Special Rapporteurs on contemporary forms of slavery, Older persons, Water and Sanitation, Right to Development and Unilateral Coercive Measures. Statements made by the IPHRC delegation were circulated to all Member States and are also available on the OHCHR website.
The IPHRC delegation also took the opportunity to attend and participate in a number of relevant informal events on various issues of human rights concern to the Commission, on the sidelines of the ongoing Council Session. Both the discussions in the Council and the side events provided a useful opportunity to better acquaint with the ongoing discussions on issues of concern to the IPHRC as well as enabled them to share their views on these subjects with the global human rights community.
A number of civil society representatives from Myanmar, Indian Occupied Kashmir and different international human rights organizations also met the IPHRC delegation and shared views on issues of mutual interest/concern.
The Executive Director also had some follow up meetings with the relevant UN OHCHR officials including the Director of the Council Branch in OHCHR, and discussed / coordinated upcoming joint activities including the IPHRC International Seminar on Islamophobia and the 14th Regular Session in in October and December 2018 respectively.