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 am making these remarks on behalf of the member states of the OIC. The detailed and comprehensive report of the SR on water and sanitation covers the important gender perspective in providing access to water and sanitation. The OIC and its member states accord high importance to providing equal access to water and sanitation to all, including women and girls, marginalized groups, and people with disabilities, in keeping with the criteria of accessibility, acceptability, availability and quality. The OIC Water Vision also recognizes the challenges faced by its member states in providing clean and safe drinking water to their populations and encourages sharing of technical expertise, policies, and best practices. We also appreciate SR’s recognition of the gradual nature of the transformative approach towards social norms, stereotypes and intra-household patterns in achieving equality in the enjoyment of the rights to water and sanitation. The implementation of SDGs , increasing urbanization, education and development
would act as major catalysts in eliminating the material and structural determinants of gender inequalities in access to water and sanitation. We have also taken note of the SR’s recommendations in the report. In addition to laws that help eliminate any gender based discrimination in access to water and sanitation, would it not be useful to call for laws that would commit authorities to give utmost priority in the budget and planning processes to greater access to clean water and sanitation facilities? After all, isn’t a key problem the acute lack of access to clean water and sanitation?
We have taken note of the report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. OIC member states attach high importance to the work of the Working Group, and would continue extending its full cooperation and provision of timely responses. We have taken note of proposed amendments to the methods of work. We would have appreciated the early circulation of this document in order to have a more informed discussion on this matter. We have also taken note of the Working Group’s recommendation for declaring 5th March as the international day against arbitrary detention.