Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Protecting and Promoting Human rights in the Muslim World and Beyond

IPHRC Message on ‘International Human Rights Day 2018’ calls for enhancing policies to promote and protect all human rights for all and to renew commitment by all concerned to uphold their human rights obligations


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.

While reflecting on the human rights situation in 2018, IPHRC expressed deep concern over the ongoing human rights violations in many regions which continue to affect the lives of millions across the world. From the worsening human rights situation faced by Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, unending violence against the Muslim minority in Central African Republic and the continued suffering of Kashmiri and Palestinian people under the worst occupation regimes; the world is in no position of celebration. Worst still, efforts to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance are encountering a number of serious challenges, including the rise of hate speech, the political trivialization, and the pervasiveness of racist and xenophobic platforms in many countries including the rise of far right and extremist groups.

In the face of such daunting challenges, the Commission urged all stakeholders in the international community to reinforce the values of respect for diversity, multiculturalism, inclusiveness, democracy and rule of law at the core of human rights and fundamental freedoms. To this end, States must work together with their political, religious and community leaders to promote better understanding of the common values shared by all humankind, and to collectively face the underlying causes of the resurgence of racism and xenophobia, including their contemporary manifestations such as Islamophobia and discrimination against any religion, which are against the norms and obligations of International Human Rights law.

The Commission also took the opportunity to express its determination to continue contributing at all levels to promote and protect all human rights in all OIC Member States and beyond. To this end, it urged all Member States to finalize the revised OIC Declaration on Human Rights, proposed by the IPHRC and resolved to presenting the revised draft of OIC Covenant on Rights of Child in Islam, at the earliest. IPHRC also called upon all OIC Member States to strengthen their efforts to prevent violations and protection of human rights for all. This include the need to develop legislations and other measures to fulfill their obligations under the international law, and international human rights law. Furthermore, the IPHRC urged Member States to adopt innovative, rights-based approaches to address various economic, social and cultural challenges and to work together to build human rights friendly societies where disputes can be resolved peacefully through impartial and effective institutions as well as people's fundamental rights including the right to development are guaranteed and respected.


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