39th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate Item-9 – Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Remarks by OIC 25 September 2018
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Agenda item 10: Technical assistance and capacity
President, I am making this statement on behalf of OIC member states.The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action states, “
increased efforts should be made to assist countries which so request to create the conditions
whereby each individual can enjoy universal human rights and fundamental freedoms.” This is a key element of the VDPA.
The OIC believes that every country, be it developed, developing or least developed, has its human rights challenges. Reviewing a country’s human rights record necessitates a correct understanding of the nature of these challenges,including the capacity and ability of any country to address the challenges that it faces. The varying degrees of development of states determines the
incapacity, to focus on the magnitude and multitude of the issues they face. In this context, mere demands of “do more” cannot yield results. Nor, adopting a confrontational attitude is productive. It is therefore of great importance that the
international community maintains a non-political, non-polarizing and non-confrontational position towards countries reviewed under Item 10. The focus should be on strengthening national mechanisms and institutions for the protection, promotion and full realization of all human rights–rather than on a strict insistence to take actions that may clearly beyond the capacity of a country to take.
The world today shares the vision of “leaving no one behind” in the form of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The targets we have set for ourselves are underpinned by human rights, especially the right to development. The attainment of these targets can be facilitated through meaningful engagement with countries that request assistance to strengthen their human rights
frameworks. Such constructive engagement would be the best means of bringing about positive change in the human rights situation all across the globe.
I thank you.