I make this statement on behalf of the OIC.
VDPA is a historical document that chalked down program of action for the realization of basic human rights envisaged by the Universal declaration on human rights as well as the two Covenants.
It identifies foundation principles of human rights mechanisms and approaches. These principles include, inter alia, first, the respect for human dignity making human person as the centre of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Second, all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated; therefore, all human rights should be given equal importance. Third, the right to development is an inalienable part and parcel of basic human rights. Without creating conducive environment for the fulfilment of this right, all the other rights cannot be achieved in true letter and spirit.
The world is going through tumultuous times, where we are witnessing economic meltdowns, rising of populists, international conflicts and worsening human rights and humanitarian crises. Setting aside our political divides and differences and working on commonalities is needed more than ever. Together, we can beat the hate mongers and pave the way for better future for all of us on the basis of principles of equality, justice, inclusivity and transparency.
We believe that dialogue on the basis of mutual respect, international cooperation and solidarity are important in building peaceful and pluralistic societies. Without peace and stability, development remains an elusive dream. And without development full realization of human rights is not possible. We should focus on Sustainable Development Goals and Right to Development, as they provide us with tremendous opportunities to have inclusive socio-economic development by following human rights based approach. The fruits of globalization should be tasted by all equally, so that internationalism is strengthened.
We strongly support our unity in diversity. We consider diversity as our strength rather than a weakness. We believe that significance of national and regional particularities and various historical, cultural and religious backgrounds should be borne in mind while making strategies and plans for the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms instead of following “one size fits all policy”.
I thank you.