on Agenda Item 9 – Question of Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in any Part of the World
I have the honour to make this statements on behalf of the Member States of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). This statement reflects the general consensus of the OIC countries arrived at in various conferences and meetings of the OIC on matters relating to the Agenda item.
2. The OIC regrets that resolutions under this agenda item continue to target Islamic countries which raise serious doubts about the objectivity of such acts. This is a reflection of deep seated bias against Islamic heritage and contrary to the spirit of dialogue and cooperation. The OIC believes that country resolutions are largely politically motivated and as such may, close the door of dialogue and result in aggravating the situation in the countries concerned.
3. Since last several years, OIC along with other countries has consistently asked for termination of monitoring of human rights situation in Islamic republic of Iran but no positive response has been received as yet. The OIC in its statement under agenda item 3 had stated that there was a case among OIC members, whose human rights situation had been considered for eighteen years in this commission despite the fact that its progressive human rights was appreciated and acknowledged by the international community. We strongly believe that the situation of human rights in Iran must be exclude from the agenda of the Commission.
4. It is also disheartening that there are organized campaigns frequently mounted against some members of the Group to undermine the integrity of the countries concerned. An unjust campaign of condemning slavery and slavery like practices is launched against some members of the Group based on false, unproven and politically motivated allegations. Such undesirable action should be stopped.
5. The OIC is deeply concerned at the frequent and deliberate misrepresentation and campaign of slander against Islam. Furthermore, we are appalled at the lack of respect by certain quarters for our religion. We deplore the efforts aimed at creating conflict with Islamic peoples as a means to justify injustice and sufferings being afflicted on many Muslim peoples and nations today.
6. The OIC remains concerned about the plight of Muslim peoples and Islamic communities in various regions of the world. The Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers and the Islamic Summit held in Kuala Lumpur and Doha, last year once again echoed these concerns which undoubtedly deserve this Commission’s considered attention.
7. The glaring example of today’s systematic human rights violations is none other than the continued violations of the Palestinians and other Arabs living under Israeli occupation and the continued occupation of Syrian Golan by Israeli forces . The OIC calls for vacation of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and from Syrian Golan Heights on the basis of the UN Charter, resolutions and agreements. We have highlighted the injustice done to the Palestinian people in our joint statement under item
8. In Lebanon, the Lebanese people are confronted with the problems of full recovery of their territory, including Cheka Farms and the full implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The OIC expresses its concern over the continued detention of tens of Lebanese civilians in Israeli prisons, who were detained and abducted in Lebanon and transferred to Israel. The OIC also expresses its concern over thousands of land mines left behind by Israeli occupying forces, which are causing daily civilian casualties and calls on Israel to deliver the maps of those land mines.
9. The OIC believes that the people of Afghanistan need international political and humanitarian support to achieve peace, national reconciliation and to overcome the persisting humanitarian crisis as a result of civil war, drought and UN sanctions. The OIC is ready to cooperate with the United Nations in creating propitious conditions, and achieving national reconciliation between the Afghan parties.
10. In Bosnia & Herzegovina, the OIC stresses importance of full implementation of Dayton peace accords and economic recovery for the consolidation of peace and stability. The OIC is deeply concerned about the difficulties faced by the returnees to Republika Srpska and the Croat controlled areas, the fate of over 20,000 missing persons and absence of functional central institutions.
11. The OIC supports the peoples rights to self-determination as enshrined in the relevant UN resolutions. As such, the OIC has called for the appointment of a special representative of the OIC Secretary General, including sending an OIC fact finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir to help resolve the problems in Jammu and Kashmir amicably. The OIC also welcomed the initiative of Pakistan to resume negotiations with India in order to resolve all the questions at the origin of the conflict. The OIC is also concerned about the humanitarian situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
12. The OIC has expressed concern over occupation of the Azerbaijani territories, the plight of one million Azerbaijani displaced persons and refugees and the severity of this humanitarian problem. It calls for a just and peaceful settlement of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the basis of respect for the principles of territorial integrity of States and inviolability of internationally recognized borders.
13. The OIC calls on the United Nations to fully implement its resolution 1244, to defend the rights of Kosovars and to protect their cultural heritage and Islamic identity. We also affirm that the safe and unconditional return of all Kosovo refugees to their homes is a prerequisite for settling the crisis.
14. The OIC affirms respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Iraq and expressed its sympathy for the suffering of the Iraqi people. It also welcomed Paragraph C of Security Council Resolution 1284 pertaining to the humanitarian initiatives aimed at meeting the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people and alleviating its suffering.
15. The OIC calls on the Government of the Russian Federation to continue negotiations with the representatives of the Chechen people as soon as possible with a view to reaching a peaceful settlement of the situation in Chechnya, taking into consideration the appropriate international instruments of human rights. The Government of the Russian Federation and the international community is also urged to take action to ensure the protection of the Chechen refugees in the camps north of the Caucasus and to take part in the reconstruction of Chechnya.
16. In compliance with the obligations stipulated in international and humanitarian law and in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, the OIC calls for an early solution to the problems of prisoners and missing persons from Kuwait and other countries in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
17. The OIC also expressed its firm support for the right cause of the Turkish Muslim people of Cyprus and reaffirms its resolutions and declarations on Cyprus.
18. Racism and religious discrimination are among the root causes of other human rights violations. It is imperative that steps be taken to eradicate discrimination based on these policies. The OIC has over the years expressed concern about those Muslim Communities and minorities in non OIC-Member states who are exposed to discrimination, persecution or oppression because of their religious beliefs. It is our view that like other minorities, these Muslim minorities should be able to preserve their religious and cultural identity, and enjoy equal treatment as far as right, obligations and duties are concerned.. We call upon all countries that have such minorities to ensure the protection and promotion of their basic rights.
19. The OIC looks forward to a constructive dialogue during the 57th Session of the Commission on Human Rights in order to achieve the objectives of the Commission.