The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) concluded the Headquarters Agreement with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) today. On behalf of the host government, H.E. Mr. Azzam A. Al Gain, Deputy Minister for Protocol Affairs and from the Commission, Mr. Marghoob Saleem Butt, Executive Director of the IPHRC Secretariat signed the Agreement at an official ceremony held at the KSA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Riyadh.
In 2011, IPHRC was established as one of the principle organs of the OIC to provide independent expert advice on all human rights issues to the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM). The 41st Session of the OIC CFM, held in June 2104, decided that IPHRC Secretariat will be based in Jeddah, KSA. The signing of the IPHRC Headquarters Agreement reaffirms the commitment of the Government of the KSA, as host country, to provide requisite resources and facilitation for the effective functioning of this independent organ of the OIC. The Government of the KSA has also provided a separate Headquarters building for the independent functioning of the IPHRC Secretariat.
On behalf of the Commission, Mr. Marghoob Butt, thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Government of the KSA for their generous support and continued cooperation to the Commission including necessary logistical support for its effective functioning. He also thanked the OIC Member States and the OIC Secretary General for their full moral and material support to facilitate the work of the IPHRC and requested them to continue extending the needed support to the Commission to perform its mandated tasks in an organized and efficient manner.