In a statement issued in Jeddah today, OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission
(IPHRC) has condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the assassination attempt against a
Pakistani teenaged peace activist, Malala Yousufzai. Expressing grave concern over the
deplorable attack, the Commission commended the endeavors of the young activist who had
been decorated by the Government of Pakistan and internationally acclaimed for heroic
endeavors with particular reference to upholding the right to education for girls in the Sawat
valley. The Commission underscored that the right to education was a fundamental human right.
It was obligatory for both Muslim men and women to seek education as per Quranic injunction.
Accordingly, the IPHRC had identified right to education as a priority area for its immediate
work in addition to the rights of women and children. IPHRC expressed its best wishes for a full
and speedy recovery of the teenage activist currently under treatment in London.
IPHRC welcomed the timely actions undertaken by the government of the Islamic Republic of
Pakistan bring the perpetrators to justice. The Commission emphasized the importance of
Universal education as a fundamental human right and expressed the hope that its future work in
this area would augment the efforts and sacrifices made by activists, like young Malala, in the