Jeddah 09th December 2018: OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) participated in two successive events to counter the controversial notion of sexual orientation and to find ways and means to protect and promote the vital institution of family, which were organized by the OIC General Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah from 09-11th December 2018.
Ambassador Muhammed Lawal Sulaiman, who represented the Commission at the ‘Expert Level Symposium on ways to confront the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)’ categorically rejected the notion and urged the Member States to resist attempts to redefine, legalize and promote the concept of ‘genderless marriage’, which threatens the institution of traditional marriage thus distorting the values underlying the family and society. He emphasized that the OIC strategy to counter the concept of SOGI should be based on solid legal grounds. To this end, he recalled the detailed IPHRC study that aptly demonstrates that it is a flawed concept, which is neither a subject of international human rights law nor a universally recognized practice. Amb. Lawal also made specific recommendations to counter Human Rights Council Resolution 32/2 at the UN and other relevant forums, in consultation with the likeminded countries and groups to present a unified front and take collaborative actions against this legally and conceptually flawed notion.
Dr. Oumar Abbou Abba, who represented the Commission at the second event on ‘Specific Measures and Indicators to Achieve SDGs in the Member States from a Family Perspective’ highlighted that the specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDG targets 1-5), which relate to elimination of poverty, promotion of health and education, gender equality, youth unemployment and ending violence - can all be positively impacted by well-designed family-focused policies. Therefore, family is not only the fundamental unit of society but also the fundamental agent for sustainable, social, economic and cultural development. He urged the Member States to: (a) deploy all efforts possible at all levels to address the contemporary social challenges facing the Muslim families and impacting its cohesion on the basis of Islamic values; (b) undertake concerted actions as part of an integrated comprehensive approach to human rights and development to eliminate abject poverty within families; (c) integrate family empowerment as an integral part of national development plans and mainstream the topic in national discourse through media and human rights education; and (d) disburse grants and micro-credits to enable the beneficiary families to set up income-earning projects to create sustainable means of income.
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