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Challenges and Expectation on the first Meeting OIC Human Rights Body (IPHRC)

Posted by Human Rights in Islamic Countries on February 27, 2012


Press Release

Challenges and Expectation on the first Meeting OIC Independent Commission Human Rights have to work as with in International Standard

Indonesian Civil Society Organizations encourage in the First Session of the OIC human rights commission, IPHRC (Independent Permanent Human Right Commission), in Jakarta February 20th-24th, 2012, in order IPHRC dealing with procedure concept (Procedure of Rule) its not contrary to universal human rights principles. In this first session of the crucial agenda is the formulation of rules procedure, which must be in accordance and compliance with the universal human rights principles.

These principles include:

  1. Principles of openness and open engagement of civil society. The principle is important in the context of accountability of the IPHRC, especially in the historical character of the OIC Member States has closed and many Members who reject human rights and accountability principles.
  2. Civil society engagement is important for strengthening and advancement of human rights in the OIC Member States. This cooperation can be open for complaints communication of human rights violations and also given the range develops dynamic report of human rights in the world, especially with particular regard to human rights and Islam.
  3. The principle of accountability. IPHRC should be encouraging regular accountability mechanism for its performance and all that has been done in the context of human rights. This accountability should be given to the public, not only given to the Council of Foreign Ministers.
  4. Being accountability to the public will increase the public trust, as long as there are suspicions of the OIC which makes IPHRC to avoid accountability for human rights by the international community.

In addition to the principles relating IPHRC should dare to challenge human rights violations which make IPHRC to avoid accountability for human rights by the international community. Challenge related to various issues, include:

  1. Freedom of religion and belief. The issue is related to the issue of defamation of religion, intolerance and acts of violence in the Islamic communities. The IPHRC should encourage the OIC Member States to ensure freedom of religion and belief, compliance with the universal human rights principles. In the international context, defamation of religion is not a part of the scheme of human rights norm, while in many OIC member countries including in Indonesia, was a problem. Moreover, the OIC Member Countries have support the Resolution on Combating intolerance, discrimination and violence based on religion and belief in the UN Human Rights Council, 2011.
  2. Freedom of expression and information. This is consistent with the context of democratization in many OIC Member Countries, especially in Middle East (Arab Spring).
  3. Migrant Workers. OIC Member States have two characters, both as receiving countries and sending countries. Remarks in a variety of violations of migrant workers in destination countries, the OIC countries was the most extensive notes violations of migrant workers.
  4. Women. The biggest problem of human rights in the context and Islam is the equality of women, both in private and public spaces that lead to injustice and the various sources of violence.

On this occasion, we appreciate to the Commissioners IPHCR and the Secretariat of the OIC who have participated in the event of civil society who have been held on Feb. 19th, 2012 and Feb. 21th, 2012. This participation is a good starting point for the next show IPHCR more transparent and accountable.

Jakarta, February 20, 2012

Muhammad Choirul Anam

Deputy Director of the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG)

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