Jeddah 10th December 2018: The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) joins the international community in observing the ‘International Human Rights Day 2018’, which also marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). At the end of a year-long campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, IPHRC reminded all concerned that the mission to proclaim the inalienable human rights for all did not end. It called upon all States to mark the anniversary by renewing their commitments and enhancing their efforts to ensure promotion and protection of all human rights of their citizens, as a matter of top priority, under all circumstances. Read More
The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is an expert body with advisory capacity established by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as one of the principal organs working independently in the area of human rights.
The broad contours of an effective and independent human rights mechanism were envisaged in the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action adopted by the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia, on 7-8 December 2005...Read More
Jeddah 06 December 2018: During its 14th Regular Session, the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) held a thematic debate on the subject of ‘Promoting and protecting the rights of refugees and migrants; An Islamic and international human rights obligation. IPHRC Chairperson Dr. Rashid Balushi and Amb. Samir Bakr, on behalf of the OIC Secretary General, inaugurated the debate. Representatives of Islamic Fiqh Academy, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) International Organization for Migration (IOM) and OIC General Secretariat participated as key panelists.
A large number of Member States also participated actively and contributed to the discussion...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
Jeddah 19 April 2018: The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) held its 13th Regular Session in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) from 15-19 April 2018. The traditional thematic debate of the Session was held on 17 April 2018 on the subject of ‘Revisiting the OIC Covenant on the Rights of Child in Islam to Reinforce the Rights of Children in Member States’. An outcome document on the subject was also adopted by the Commission and is issued separately.
Besides Commission Members, the Session was attended by Dr. Abdallah Mosa Altayer, Chief Advisor to the OIC Secretary General, Dr. Abdulsalam Abaddi, Secretary of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy-IIFA, senior officials of the OIC General Secretariat and relevant international human rights experts on the subject...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...Read More
Since 2014, IPHRC endeavoured to gain direct access to the Rohingya communities in Rakhine State to investigate the human rights situation on the ground, however, due to non-cooperation of the Myanmar government, repeated requests to visit Rakhine State could not materialise.
The substantive research for this report was carried out between October- December 2017, which included extensive review of legislation, available reports and historical records, academic literature, as well as review of photographs, videos and other documentation.
This was followed by a fact-finding mission to Rohingya refugees’ camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh from 2-6 January 2018 where the delegation interacted with the refugees, civil society, Media and government functionaries to obtain first-hand information about the state of human rights in Myanmar...Read More
Jeddah 23 November 2017: The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) held a thematic debate on ‘Importance of Cultural Diversity in the promotion and protection of human rights’ during its 12th Regular Session on 21 November 2017.
IPHRC Chairperson Mr. Med S. K. Kaggwa and Amb. Samir Bakr, representing the OIC Secretary General inaugurated the debate, which was also attended by the Commission Members, OIC Members States and their National Human Rights Institutions, experts in the field of human rights and representatives of media.
Based on the comprehensive discussion, the Commission adopted the following:... Read More