Surat Masyarakat Sipil kepada Sekjen OKI: Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu
Posted by Human Rights in Islamic Countries on July 14, 2011
to Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu
2011 – The civil societies of the member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference welcome the establishment of an Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission as set out in the OIC charter.
We commend the OIC’s interest in putting into action its mandate to promote and protect human rights, and are encouraged by efforts to establish an independent Commission.
We are hopeful that these steps will help to perpetuate universal human rights per the OIC Charter’s reference to upholding the principles of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and international human rights instruments. We believe that these initiatives will help the OIC ensure that people in its member states enjoy a more peaceful, democratic and prosperous society.
We note that in many of our countries civil society has been struggling for the basic freedoms enshrined in the Charter of the OIC. The creation of an independent commission is a welcome step towards protecting human right in the 57 member countries.
We urge the OIC to ensure space for civil society participation in the Commission and follow a process that is consultative and inclusive of civil society at all levels. The below signed signatories are pleased to be partners in these efforts and offer assistance throughout the process of setting up and ensuring the effectiveness of this Commission.
We reaffirm that the role of the Commission should be to encourage the promotion of human rights, and especially women rights, children’s rights, and the rights of Muslim and non-Muslim minorities in OIC countries. In addition, it should ensure the free flow of information and encourage the participation of civil society by guaranteeing access to the mechanism and the secretariat as well as putting in place a process for their accreditation.
The involvement of humanitarian organizations at the 2008 Islamic Summit in Dakar was a welcome advancement and we encourage broader engagement of other segments of civil society in the OIC. In particular we believe the participation of civil society more broadly is key to the success of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission.