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JEDDAH: The 19th Ordinary Session of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation met at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah from May 22-26.

On Tuesday, she held a thematic debate titled “The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in OIC Countries”.

During the session, panelists, OIC representatives and observer members from non-OIC countries discussed the human rights situation in the world and in OIC countries, from Islamophobia, from the right to the development of women’s rights and more.

Marghoob Saleem Butt, Executive Director of IPHRC, told Arab News that every year they choose an important topic to discuss: “These sessions are an exchange of interaction on a certain topic between countries.”

Over the years, the commission has spoken out to condemn hate-motivated acts against Muslims around the world in places such as Palestine, Kashmir, Nagorno-Karabakh, India, Sri Lanka, France, Western Thrace, New Zealand and the Central African Republic.

Dr. Haci Ali Acikgul, President of the OIC-IPHRC, said: “The Commission recognizes that NHRIs are an essential element of national human rights protection mechanisms. By raising awareness, providing advice, monitoring and holding authorities to account, NHRIs play a central role in mitigating modern human rights challenges of discrimination and inequality, as well as emerging issues such as the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the human rights of data subjects. »

The commission considers that practical cooperation with civil society groups, in particular NHRIs, can contribute to increasing its visibility and operational reach for the execution of the tasks entrusted to it.

This week, the OIC-IPHRC signed two MoUs aimed at technical cooperation between the NHRIs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Uzbekistan to undertake joint activities of mutual benefit and build institutional capacity .

The first MoU was signed by Abdulaziz Abdullah Al-Khayal, Deputy Chairman of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, and the second was signed by Mirzatilla Tillabayev, First Deputy Director of the National Center for Human Rights. man from the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Al-Khayal told Arab News that each state and organization has its own definition of human rights, which may focus on women, children, people with disabilities, criminal justice, etc. “We believe that such an MoU contributes to the growth of national capacities by exchanging knowledge between the two countries and develops the sector nationally and internationally,” Al-Khayal said.

In front of more than 30 OIC representatives and observers, presentations on the theme of the session were made by the five panelists. They were Dr. Eng. Mohammed Saif Al-Kuwari of Qatar, Deputy Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee and member of the Governance Committee of the Asia-Pacific Forum; Vladlen Stefanov, Chief of National Institutions, Regional Mechanisms and Civil Society Section, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Mazhar Hussain, Director of the Economic and Social Research Department at the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries in Ankara; Ahmad Taufan Damanik, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia; and Mohammed Sabri, adviser to the office of the president of the National Council for Human Rights in Morocco.

This was followed by an open discussion between Commissioners, representatives of OIC Member and Observer States and their NHRIs.

Dr. Aboubacarr Jah, Gambia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the OIC in Saudi Arabia, said: “Human rights are crucial and imperative. However, it is time to examine human wrongs and correct them. He said the Republic of The Gambia is calling for justice for the Rohingyas of Myanmar.

“Once human rights are mentioned, it’s hard to bury the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” he said.

“Monstrous human wrongs have been perpetrated against Palestinians for 74 years today. Not 74 days, weeks or months but 74 years! How long will this inhumane, atrocious and heinous act of inhumane aggression by the Israeli government last? He asked.

Jah stressed the importance of the ties of the Muslim Ummah: “United we are strong and we will overcome”, he said.

The Commission regularly invites NHRIs from all OIC Member States to participate in its activities and encourages them to collaborate with their respective governments to organize joint activities.

Acikgul said: “I hope today’s discussion will inspire Member States to intensify their commitment to building the capacities and capacity of their respective NHRIs with the overall aim of fostering human rights respectful and upholding societies. ‘male”.

A joint IPHRC and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights workshop titled “The Role of NHRIs in International Human Rights Mechanisms” was held on Wednesday.

The committee will publish an outcome document on the theme of the thematic debate based on the week’s discussions on the last day of the session.

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