Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and Special Rapporteur on the right to education – 35th Session of the Human Rights Council – 6 June 2017
I shall make this statement on behalf of the Member States of OIC. OIC acknowledges that effective human rights education not only provides knowledge about human rights and the mechanisms that protect them, but also develops the skills needed to promote, defend and apply human rights in daily life. Human rights education also fosters the attitudes and behaviours needed to uphold human rights for all members of society. The adoption of United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training in 2011 brought into limelight the need for states to put in greater efforts to promote universal respect and understanding of the issue. The Declaration in a nutshell emphasizes the right to know, seek and receive information about all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The OIC has supported the development of a global culture of tolerance, patience and coexistence. It is thus important to include this element as an essential component of human rights education. In fact education must always be imparted keeping mind local sensitivities and traditions. Can the Speakers illuminate on the ways and means to achieve this important objective while keeping the sensitive balance between respect for ethnic diversity and the principal of universality in order to create an ideal environment for imparting human rights education?
I thank you
Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order and Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights Comments by Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, Permanent Representative of Pakistan 33rd Session of HRC, 13 September 2016