On behalf of OIC member States we would like to express our unequivocal conviction that all human rights should be treated globally in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing and with the same emphasis.
2. We hope that development-based approach is integrated in the work of the OHCHR, since it is not possible to protect and promote the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms without meeting the basic needs of the people. Poverty eradication, food, education, health, water and sanitation etc. are equally important as compared to other human rights including civil and political rights. Without getting rid of hunger and disease we can never fully achieve our dream of realization of all human rights. In order to achieve inclusive development, we need to focus on right to development since it provides a bridge between the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and human rights domain. We would urge the OHCHR to share with us policies, program and implementation plans solely designed for this purpose. Goal 17 of SDGs must be the focus of OHCHR.
3. OIC wants to bring to the attention of the High Commissioner that „Islamophobia‟ and its related practices including racial attacks, hate speech, negative profiling, closing of international borders for those fleeing for refuge, defaming rhetoric against Muslims by some media groups and political parties in the West are a serious concern for the OIC. The narrative of “us” and “them” would only be addressed by addressing „Islamophobia‟ which is a priority area for the OIC member States. It must be duly reflected in the work and reports of the OHCHR and treaty bodies.
4. We believe that equal representation of different regions and countries at higher levels in OHCHR and Secretariat is important
principle to ensure transparency, non politicization and accountability of the Human Rights mechanisms. Failure to have broad based representation can only mean skewed narrative as is apparent in many situations.
5. In accordance with the UN Charter, Right to self-determination is a fundamental right and preemptory norm of international law. In this context, the Occupied Palestinian territories and Kashmir continue to report human rights abuses and suppression due to denial of this legitimate right granted as per UN resolutions. Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved according to the respective UN Security Council resolutions.
6. OIC has given a comprehensive statement in the general debate of Agenda Item 2 on current humanitarian crises of Rohingya Muslims. It is reiterated that the Myanmar Government addresses the OIC concerns.
I thank you Mr. President.