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
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. While there is an emerging global demand for elimination of different forms of xenophobia, discrimination and different forms of racial, ethnic and religious intolerance,the OIC believes in 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 in mind local sensitivities,peculiarities of each society and traditions. Can the Speakers illuminate on the ways and means to achieve this important objective while preserving the delicate balance between respect for cultural and ethnic diversity and the principle of universality in order to create an ideal environment for imparting human rights education?