The OIC in its statements under Agenda items 2 and 3, has highlighted a number of situations that require attention of this Council.
The OIC wishes to reiterate its serious concerns on rising intolerance against migrants and minorities, fed by racism and populism practiced by mainstream political parties. The OIC believes in conversation, understanding and living in harmony with the concept of diversity of civilizations. Therefore, we urge that xenophobic sentiments against a religion or a culture should be addressed as a crosscutting theme at this Council and given due priority in the work of OHCHR. All present-day manifestations of this hate need closer scrutiny. These include ridiculing religions and religious symbols in the name of free speech, attacks on women wearing the hijab, murderof Muslims by religious extremists as cow vigilantes for eating or carrying beef and revocation of citizenship rights based on ethnicity. The OIC countries are concerned that some countries have refused refugees only because they are Muslim. The OIC countries have never used this despicable qualifier for other faiths. All top refugee hosting countries in the world today are OIC Members and we can claim with some justifiable pride that we have never used this despicable qualifier against other faiths.
Revocation of citizenship is one of the most dangerous manifestations of this hate. Today’s world of ‘Identity Politics’ has taken a dangerous and ominous swerve towards the systematic abuse of core Human Rights across the world. In Myanmar, it lies at the root of the tragedy confronted by Rohingya and other minorities. Around one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are in Bangladesh, causing innumerable hardship to the host government. Unfortunately, vitriolic anti-Muslim hatred continues to remain a common feature in Myanmar’s public discourse. A political solution seems unattainable given this officially sponsored narrative of hate against Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar.
The Human Rights Council must remain seized of the human rights situations pertaining to disputes and conflicts on the agenda of the United Nations and the OIC and on which both these organizations have passed numerous resolutions and communiqués. The OHCHR should continue its work on these disputed territories, in line with its mandate and with the spirit of objectivity and transparency. This Council and the OHCHR must work in tandem, with impartiality and non politicization, to protect and promote human rights of all, particularly those facing discrimination, persecution and illegal occupation.
I thank you.