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Human Rights in Islamic Countries


Posted by Human Rights in Islamic Countries on July 21, 2011


Membership to these institutions is optional and open to institutions and organs of OIC Member States. Their budgets are independent of the budget of the Secretariat General and those of subsidiary and specialized organs. They were established under the auspices of the Islamic Conference of Heads of State and Government or the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers. Affiliated institutions may be granted observer status by virtue of a resolution of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers. They may obtain voluntary assistance from the subsidiary and specialized organs as well as from Member States.

  1. Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
  2. Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC)
  3. Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF)
  4. Islamic Committee of the International Crescent (ICIC)
  5. World Federation of Arabo-Islamic International Schools (WFAIIS)
  6. Organization of the Islamic Shipowners Association (OISA)
  7. Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC)
  8. International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS)
  9. Federation of Consultants from Islamic Countries (FCIC)
  10. Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS)
  11. General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI)
  12. Federation of Contractors from Islamic Countries (FOCIC)
  13. OIC Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT)
  14. Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC)

The Seventh Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in May 1976 in Istanbul­, Turkey put forward the idea to establish the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The idea was approved by the First Conference of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry held in October 1977 in Istanbul, after which its Constitution was adopted by the Second Conference of Chambers of Commerce and Industry held in December 1978 in Karachi, Pakistan.

The Islamic Chamber is an affiliated organ of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and represents the private sector of 57 member countries. It aims at strengthening closer collaboration in the field of trade, commerce, information technology, insurance/reinsurance, shipping, banking, promotion of investment opportunities and joint ventures in the member countries. Its membership is comprised of the National Chambers/Unions/Federations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the member countries.

1)    Ethical objectives:

  • To revive ethical value in trade transactions.
  • To disseminate awareness of Islamic economics.
  • To deepen solidarity and fraternity.
  • To disseminate Arabic language.

2)    Practical objectives:

  • Development of labor exchange volumes.
  • Development of volume of tourism.
  • Augmentation of investments volume.
  • Increase of trade exchange volume.
  • Increasing national production.
  • Developing educational curriculum according to market needs and development requirements.
  • To give due attention to media industry jointly between Muslim and non-Muslim.
  • To give due attention to studies, research and to encourage innovations and inventions.
  • To embrace aspirations of the Ummah youth and open business opportunities for them.

3)    General objectives:

  • To coordinate and cooperate with the Organization of Islamic Conference and its related Institutions to accomplish the Islamic solidarity to face the threats against Islamic nation.
  • To encourage cooperation for settlement of mutual agreements among economic organizations and associations of the Islamic countries.
  • Fostering relations with international organizations.
  • Encouraging cooperation in Islamic banking business and facilitate capital mobility.
  • Settlement of industrial and trade disputes through arbitration.
  • To organize conferences, lectures and forums that would serve member countries and enhance coordination among them.
  • To strengthen the connections with the international organizations such as the UN and its specialized Institutions and international trade organizations with the objective of strengthening the role of the private sector in the socio-economic development process.
  • To create business oriented resources, including establishment of Private Waqf Fund “endowment”, and trade financing portfolios with the objective of enhancing the Intra-Islamic trade. And to organize trade fairs and exhibitions for promoting goods and services, in order to maintain a stable and constant source of income to the ICCI and to benefit from the revenues of the proposed Waqf for supporting projects aimed at developing the Muslim communities and minorities and to serve the objectives of the Islamic Chamber.
  • To establish forums of the Muslim Businessmen in the Islamic countries and in the Muslim communities and minorities worldwide with definition for its duties and privileges.

The Headquarters of the ICCI is in Karachi, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
St.2/A, Block 9, Clifton, P.O.Box:3831
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel:  (9221) 5874910, 5874756, 5830646
Fax:  (9221) 5874212, 5870765

The OICC was established as an organization affiliated to the Organization of the Islamic Conference by the virtue of the Resolution No. (9/9-P) issued by the 9th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Dakar, Republic of Senegal on 17/5/1398 H (24/4/1978). The 10th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Fez, Kingdom of Morocco on 10/6/1399 H (8/3/1979) endorsed the draft of the Organization’s constitution by the virtue of the Resolution No. (25/10-P).

The Organization was officially established in 1400 H (1980) under the name “Organization of Islamic Capitals” by the virtue of a resolution issued by the Organization’s 1st General Conference held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah on 11-12 Rabi Awal 1400 H (29-30 January 1980) where the Organization’s constitution was ratified, and the Organization’s Administrative Council and Secretary General were elected. Hence the Organization’s name was amended to the current name “Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities” by the virtue of the resolution No. (5/2 G) issued by the Organization 2nd General Conference held in Islamabad during the period from 14 to 16 Jumada Al-Thani 1402 H (8-10 April 1982).


  1. Preserve the identity and heritage of Islamic capitals and cities.
  2. Achieve and enhance sustainable development in member capitals and cities and establish and develop comprehensive urban norms, systems and plans that would serve the growth and prosperity of Islamic capitals and cities for the promotion of their cultural, environmental, urban, economic and social conditions.
  3. Promote the levels of services and municipal utilities in Islamic capitals and cities.
  4. Enhance and promote capacity building programs for Islamic capitals and cities.
  5. Consolidate cordiality, brotherhood, and friendship among Islamic capitals and cities, support and coordinate the scope of cooperation between them.

Its headquarters is located in the holy capital ‘Makkah Al-Mukarramah’, and the offices of its General Secretariat are located in the city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

P.O. Box 13621, Jeddah 21414
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel:      +966 2 6981953
Fax:     +966 2 6981053

By virtue of Resolution No.17/11-C of the Eleventh Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Islamabad, Pakistan, in May 1980 (1400H) and Resolution No.7/3-C of the Third Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al Mukarramah/Taif in January 1981 (1401H) of the Third Islamic Summit Conference, it was decided to establish the “Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation”. It was formally established on 6 May 1985.


  1. To strengthen Islamic solidarity among youth in Member States and promote Islamic identity in the fields of sports.
  2. To inculcate the principles of non-discrimination as to religion, race or color, in conformity with the precepts of Islam.
  3. To reinforce the bonds of unity, amity and fraternity among youth in Member States.
  4. To introduce OIC goals to the youth in the Member States.
  5. To encourage member NOCs to unify stances in Olympic, international, continental and regional conferences and meetings; and to cooperate with all international and continental sports institutions and organizations.
  6. To boost cooperation among Member States on matters of common interest in all fields of sports activities.
  7. To preserve sports principles and to promote the Olympic sports movements in the Muslim world.
  8. To encourage the spirit of sportsmanship, principles of fair play and non-violent behavior in sports events.
  9. To respect the issues of environment in sports facilities.
  10. To join the campaign against doping in sports.
  11. To support the principles of peace and the related efforts in the field of sports all over the world.
  12. To pay due attention to sport education, health and recreation.
  13. To encourage sports tourism.
  14. To promote the sports culture.
  15. To develop woman sports in line with the teachings of Islam.

The Headquarters of the Federation is in Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Olympic Complex in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

P.O. Box 330999, Riyadh 11373
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel : (+966 1) 480 9253 / 480 8986
Fax : (+966 1) 482 2145

The Islamic Committee for the International Crescent is a specialized institution of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.  It helps to alleviate the sufferings caused by natural disaster and war.

The Eighth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in May 1977, at Tripoli (Libya), approved the principle of creation of this institution.

This organ is designed:

  • To provide medical assistance and to alleviate the sufferings caused by natural catastrophes and man-made disasters.
  • To offer all necessary assistance within its possibilities, to international and local organizations, serving humanity.

The Headquarters of the Committee is in Benghazi, the Great Libyan People’s Arab Socialist Jamahiriya.

P.O. Box 17434, Benghazi
Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Tel : 95824 – 95823 / 61 – 00218
Telex : 40060
Fax : 95823 – 95829 /  61 – 00218

The Third Islamic Summit Conference held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah/Taif (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) (Resolution 4/3 IS) decided to set up the Association and approved its Statute. It is an affiliated institution of the OIC.

To coordinate and unify the efforts of the members in realizing cooperation among the maritime companies, in Member States, to maximize profit.
To encourage members to set up joint maritime companies and shipping lines between Member States.
To establish contact between the Islamic world and other countries within an integrated maritime network.
To develop periodical and regular freight and passenger voyages between Islamic and other countries.
To assist in drawing up a unified policy for the Islamic maritime transporters.
To conduct studies and research in the various disciplines of maritime transport.

The Association has its headquarters in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

P.O. Box 14900 Jeddah 21434, KSA.
Tel: (+966-2) 663 7882 – 665 3379
Fax :  (+966-2) 660 4920
Email: ;

The Federation’s constituent Conference was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 26th Rabi Al-Awwal 1396AH (March 26, 1976). The project was approved by the 7th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 1976, Resolution No. 7/18-AF.

The Federation represents the Arab-Islamic Schools all over the world and seeks to support and assist them.

The Federation also works for the dissemination of Islamic culture and the teaching of Arabic, the language of the Holy Quran, by extending support to the schools and cultural centers, and by training personnel and developing cooperation among the institutions endeavoring to spread Arabic language and Islamic culture all over the world as well as by creating sponsoring supervisory Arab-Islamic Schools.

The Federation Headquarters is in Cairo, Egypt. It has Regional Offices in Madinah (Saudi Arabia), Peshawar (Pakistan), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Head Office: Nasr City – tenth-dist.-Block38-Area1-flat2
Cairo – Egypt
Telefax: (+20-2) 24728217  Mobile 0020107322696
Saudi Branch: P.O. Box 3787
Madinah – Saudi Arabia
Fax: (+966-4) 848-0271  ,  8485542

Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) was granted with the status of institution affiliated to the OIC by the virtue of the resolution N3/32-C adopted by the 32nd session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Sana’a, Yemen on 28-30 June 2005. In accordance with the resolution N 15/31-C adopted by the 31st session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers held on 14-16 June 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey the ICYF-DC was established at its Founding General Assembly held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 1 – 3 December 2004.

The ICYF-DC is aimed at coordination youth activities in the OIC countries. The Forum pursue its activities in five major fields: advocacy of youth interests, supporting sustainable development, promoting formal and non-formal education, strengthening moral values of young generation and engaging in the dialogue among cultures and civilizations. The Forum consists of 35 leading national and 6 international youth organizations. The ICYF-DC’s highest decision- making body is its General Assembly. It elects 9-member Board, President and Secretary General of the Forum.

ICYF-DC Headquarters are resided in Istanbul at the Istanbul World Trade Center.

Address: Istanbul World Trade Center A3 Block, 7th Floor
341149, Airport – Istanbul – Turkey
Tel: (+90 212) 465 39 39

Regional Office in Baku:
Address: AZ 1001, Sabail district, Jafarov Gardashlari Street 16
Baku – Azerbaijan
Tel: (+99 412) 492 11 52
Fax: (+99 412) 492 21 67
Email: – –

The International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS) is an autonomous body having scouts bodies and associations representing Muslim Scouts all over the world. It is recognized by the following bodies:

  1. The 7th Islamic Summit Conference, held in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco, from 11 to 15 Rajab 1415H (13-15 December 1995), Resolution No. 5/7-ORG(IS).
  2. The World Organization of the Scout Movement in its conference in Bangkok in 1993.
  3. International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief in its conference in 1416H, Cairo.
  4. The Royal approval of the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, King Fahad Ibn Abdul Aziz to host IUMS in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (No. 9/B 14886 dated 17/9/1420H).
  5. The World Assembly of Muslim Youth.


  • To develop an education curriculum that should contribute to structure and build the spiritual dimension in the personalities of Young Muslims.
  • To motivate and promote Islamic scouting on global basis.
  • To extend coordination and cooperation among IUMS members.
  • To promote and coordinate social, humanitarian and relief activities within the Union or in cooperation with non-scout organization of similar nature.
  • To introduce Islamic scouting in such states where Muslims are residing.
  • To develop and promote the spirit of brotherhood and understanding among Muslim Scouts.

The Headquarters is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

P.O. Box 9141 Jeddah 21413
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: (+966-2) 667-8833
Fax: (+966-2) 667-3762
Email: iums92@yahoocom

The Federation of Consultants from Islamic Countries (FCIC) strives to be the premier platform for consultants and consulting firms from the Islamic countries to galvanize their efforts and channel their energies and creativity to help in the development of the Ummah.

It was officially established in 1986 in Istanbul.


  1. To assist in the development of consultancy services in the Islamic Countries and to encourage the various disciplines in the profession to attain a high degree of proficiency and competence
  2. Strengthening the bond between consultants and implementing mechanism for communication and experience transfer between them.
  3. Providing information and necessary data about consultants and development projects available in the Islamic World and their funding resources.
  4. Setting rules for preserving the code of ethics and the standard of the profession.
  5. Arranging with international, regional, and local organizations, workshops and seminars dealing with problems of common interest in the Islamic countries.
  6. To stimulate cooperation and relationship among its members.
  7. To establish a mechanism for a systematic exchange of information, technology, and expertise.
  8. To undertake, encourage and facilitate the conduct of studies on problems of common interest.
  9. To inform its members about consultancy assignments or possibilities of participation in various projects and programmes financed by development finance institutions, and particularly, by the Islamic Development Bank.
  10. To promote ethical standards and ensure their observance by its members.

The Headquarters is in Istanbul, Turkey.

c/o Dr. Bulent Tarcan Sok. No: 10 K:4
Fulya Mahallesi 34394 Gayrettepe
Tel: (+90 216) 388 08 61
Fax: (+90 216) 388 08 61


The Islamic World Academy of Sciences (founded as the Islamic Academy of Sciences) was established in 1986, following a proposal by the Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC); which was approved by the 1984 Casablanca Summit Conference of the OIC.

The Academy Secretariat, which is based in Amman, is the IAS executive arm responsible for maintaining its institutional set-up and implementing its plan of action. Through its Secretariat, the IAS has implemented regular and ad hoc programmes that address development issues, with the aim of formulating remedial policies that can be adopted by developing countries in their quest to achieve their development objectives.

The IAS main purposes are: to serve as a consultative organization of the Islamic Ummah in the field of science and technology (S&T); initiate science and technology programmes and formulate standards of scientific performance; promote research on major problems facing the Islamic countries, and to award prizes and honours for outstanding scientific achievements in science and technology.

Organizational structure: The Academy is a sovereign body governed by a General Assembly, in which all its (102 at present) Fellows are member, and is managed by an 11-member Council which is elected by the General Assembly for a 4-year term of office.

Major current activities: A major activity of the IAS is the convening of international scientific conferences –each of which is held in a different country every year and supported academically and financially by many international agencies. The Academy has thus far organized fifteen such conferences which addressed serious issues confronting the Third World. The Academy publishes annually the proceedings of these conferences, and also publishes a quarterly refereed science journal ‘Medical Journal of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences’(ISSN-l016-3360). The IAS also organizes and supports capacity-building specialised workshops in Basic Sciences in developing countries, and provides experts and consultants in S&T to developing countries wherever requested.

The Academy publishes books on Islam’s contribution to science, a twice yearly Newsletter, as well as monographs on a variety of contemporary topics.

Cooperative programmes: The Academy has Memoranda of Understanding with the following academies: Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the TWAS, ISESCO, RSS (Jordan). The Academy also undertakes regular activities with the COMSTECH, UNESCO, ISESCO, IDB as well as the World Bank.

For the current biennium: the IAS is providing advice to OIC and developing countries in the domain of Transformational Technologies: Information Technology; Biotechnology; and Nanotechnology. The IAS is also involved in a long term project to upgrade some selected universities in the OIC.

IAS is also actively promoting Vision 1441 which represents a set of targets that OIC Member States are urged to achieve by the year 2020 (corresponding to 1441 in Hijri Calendar).

The Headquarters is in Amman, Jordan.

P.O. Box 830036, Zahran, Amman, 11183
Tel: (+962 6) 552-2104; 552-3385
Fax: (+962 6) 551-1803

OIC Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT)

The OIC-CERT was granted the status of OIC Affiliated Institution by virtue of Resolution INF-36/2 adopted by the 36th Session of the CFM held in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic,

The OIC-CERT was established by virtue of Resolution INF 35/3 adopted by the 35th Session of the CFM inKampala. In collaboration with Cyber Security Malaysia, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation inMalaysia, the 1st OIC-CERT Annual General Meeting was held inKuala Lumpur,Malaysia, on 14-15 January 2009. The meeting was attended by experts representing Information Security Specialised Institutions from 14 OIC Member States (Brunei,Egypt,Indonesia,Iran,Jordan,Libya,Malaysia,Morocco,Nigeria,Oman,Pakistan,Saudi Arabia,Syria andTunisia). During the Meeting the participants discussed the issues of legal, administrative and technical arrangements for the establishment of the Team, Terms of Reference Document including objectives, administrative structure, activities, Team membership conditions, the possibility of expanding the Team membership to include more Member States, ways of cooperation between local teams in the Member States to exchange experiences and help combat Security threats in the field of information. The Meeting adopted a Resolution on these objectives and how to achieve them.

The OIC-CERT is aimed at enhancing and promoting cooperation between the similar teams established in the OIC Member States. The objectives can be concluded as follows:
  • Strengthening the relationships between Computer Emergency Response Teams in the Member States.
  • Promoting Exchange of Information
  • Preventing or minimising electronic (Cyber) terrorism and computer crimes
  • Enhancing Education and Awareness programmes
  • Raising the level of cooperation in the domains of technological research and development
The OIC-CERT activities comprise two categories namely capacity building and infrastructure programmes which will be financed by the contributions of the OIC-CERT Member States and/or IDB grant. This financial model was built in accordance with the applicable rules of similar international teams such as Asia Pacific Team and the Organisation of American States (OAS) Team.
The OIC-CERT is currently chaired by Cyber Security Malaysia.
CyberSecurity Malaysia
7, Jalan Tasik, The Mines Resort City
43300 Seri Kembangan
Selangor DArul Ehsan


Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC)

The inaugural General Assembly Meeting of Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) was held in Ankara, Republic of Turkey on 2-3 August 2010. SMIIC is the latest affiliated institution of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

The inaugural General Assembly was attended by ten out of the eleven OIC Member States, which have hitherto ratified the Statute of the SMIIC. These Member States are: Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, and Turkey.

The SMIIC is a mechanism for harmonization of standards among the OIC countries and for preparation of new ones. It aims at realizing harmonized standards in the Member States and eliminating any factor relating to the standards, likely to affect adversely the trade among the Member States. It shall establish accreditation and certification schemes for the purpose of expediting exchange of materials, manufactured goods and products among member states beginning with mutual recognition of certificates.

The SMIIC also aims at achieving uniformity in metrology, laboratory testing and standardization activities among member countries and ensuring education and training and providing technical assistance to the OIC members in the domain of standardization and metrology.

This Statute was adopted as per Resolution No.1 of the 14th Session of the COMCEC held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey in November 1998.

The recently elected Board of Directors of SMIIC are:

  • People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria,
  • Republic of Cameroon,
  • Republic of Guinea, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,
  • Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  • Tunisian Republic , and
  • Republic of Turkey

Dr. Lutfi Oksuz from Turkey, has now assumed office as the Interim Secretary General of SMIIC, having been unanimously endorsed by the General Assembly.

The First General Assembly meeting of SMIIC approved the Terms of Reference (TOR) for establishment of an Accreditation Committee to which all national accreditation bodies of OIC Member States are eligible to be its members.

The current address of SMIIC interim General Secretariat is as follows:
Dr. Litfi Oksuz, Interim Secretary General
Turkish Standards Institute (TSE)
Necatibey Cad.,No:112
06100 Bakanliklar, Ankara, Republic of Turkey
Tel.: +90 312 416 66 59 or 416 66 57
Fax: + 90 312 416 62 55


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