OIC Member States reiterate their principled position that all human rights are equal and should be treated with similar focus and attention.
The OIC has always advocated non-politicization of the Council where discussions take place in a constructive, non- confrontationist, objective and non-selective manner.
The nation of selectivity among human rights and regional preferences are damaging to the lofty ideals that we all stand for here at the Human Rights Council.
The OIC urges equal representation of all regions in the decision making position in the OHCHR and the Secretariat. We would like the OHCHR to present a statistical break down of data on regional representation among its human resource in future reports.
The OIC expresses its serious concerns at rising levels of fascism masquerading as comfortable euphemism, populism, and chauvinistic nationalism, practised by mainstream political parties and their followers. Sadly, the trend is more pervasive in countries that pride themselves on democracy and human rights. Such behaviour, breeding racism, xenophobia and anti-Islamic sentiments, is a serious concern for OIC. It should be of similar concern for rest of the world, since our collective memory is still haunted by ravages the Second World War ignited by similar notions of populist racism. The modern form of this hatred is manifested in various forms: hate speech by some media groups, attacks on women wearing hijab, murder of Muslims by religious extremists as cow vigilantes and negative profiling in official and private business databases. The OIC urges respective governments and this Council to address these worrying trends.
In the context of indivisibility and interrelatedness of all human rights, the OIC wishes to underscore that the Right to Development (R2D) is as important as any other right. The R2D ensures provisions of basic human needs, poverty reduction and right to health, food and quality education. There can be no ‘Human Dignity’ without addressing economic rights and the Right to Development. Implementing the R2D will help not just in fulfilment of basic human rights but also facilitate attainment of SDGs.
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