I am delivering this statement on behalf of OIC group of countries.
- OIC would reiterate that ‘Islamophobia’ is a serious concern for OIC. It has taken many dreadful forms including inter alia hate speech by some media groups, attacks on women wearing hijab, murder of innocents by cow vigilantes, denigration of venerated religious symbols, negative profiling and negative campaigns against Muslims as well as OIC countries. We believe in bridge building and living in harmony on the concept of diversity of civilizations. Therefore, we urge that Islamophobia must be addressed as a cross cutting theme with special emphasis on women and children rights in all the thematic debates of the Council. We hope that the Special Procedure Mandate holders especially the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, would address these concerns in their future work.
- Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the OIC has been sharing its concerns on human rights situations that need Council’s special attention. Close working relationship between the Council mechanisms and the IPHRC can help in enhancing our efforts for the promotion and protection of all human rights.
- Conflict and dispute resolution is important to address many of the human rights challenges being faced today. The loss of life due to such tragedies has been immense. Crises like protracted refugee situation and forcibly displacement around the world are the direct consequences of persecution, apartheid, discrimination, armed conflicts and violence, causing unimaginable suffering to the people especially the vulnerable segments of the society. The international community must play its role in conflict and dispute resolution for ensuring the respect of all human rights. Moreover, we must join hands to achieving durable solutions for refugees and forcibly displaced people, while reiterating the need to duly address the root causes of such humanitarian crises in this process.
- The OIC once again stresses the importance of ensuring objectivity, non-selectivity and a balanced approach in the consideration of human rights issues, and the elimination of double standards and politicization. Human Rights are universal, therefore our approach should be universal. We believe that the human rights bodies and mechanisms must respect relevant matters associated with historical, cultural, social and religious sensitivities while exercising their mandates, especially when these matters have no foundation in International Human Rights Law.
I thank you Mr. President.