The OIC thanks High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein for his presentation. We acknowledge his able stewardship of the OHCHR and wish him well in his future endeavours.
The OIC supports efforts for protection and promotion of all human rights, based on the principles of universality, impartiality, non-selectivity and transparency. The primary responsibility for the realization of fundamental rights rests with the Member States of the United Nations. The OHCHR’s technical assistance and capacity building to enable countries to implement their human rights obligations must be upon request and in accordance with national priorities and circumstances of the recipient country. The OHCHR’s role as support office to Human Rights Bodies and Mechanism is also critical. The success of the work of the OHCHR depends on the availability of regular budgetary resources. Extra-budgetary resources should be avoided, to the extent possible, as these skew the priorities set by inter-government processes in favour of donors. Similarly, equitable geographic representation in the composition of staff of the OHCHR, particularly at senior positions, is vital for the office’s credibility.
The ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises have shown little signs of settlement. The global refugee situation remains dire, which is deeply worrying as all leading refugee hosting countries happen to be OIC Member States. The international community must work towards peaceful settlement of conflicts and crises that has led to refugee outflow.
The ongoing grave and systematic violations of the human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories continue to be a serious concern. The OHCHR report on Jammu and Kashmir also points to a grave situation in the Indian Administered Kashmir and needs appropriate follow up by this Council. The OIC calls for finding a lasting solution to these long standing disputes, as laid out in numerous UN Resolutions. We also urge a sustained focus and support to end plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and ensure early and dignified return of Rohngya refugees from Bangladesh.
While striving for our common objective to ensure the realization of all human rights, we should not be misguided or mislead by political objectives. The OIC strongly believes in objective, fair and even handed discourse to ensure the credibility of global human rights agenda. Such a discourse must feature in the work of OHCHR and in collective deliberations of this Council.
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