OIC Statement at the 58th Session of the Commission on Human Rights on Agenda Item 9 – Question of Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in any Part of the World

Mr. Chairman,

I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Conference and to place on record our concerns on the situations of human rights that have also been addressed by the OIC in resolutions adopted by consensus at its Ministerial and Summit level meetings.

The OIC held an extraordinary session of the Conference of Foreign Ministers in Doha, Qatar, last October, to review the repercussions of the reprehensible terrorist attacks against the United States and their effects on the Member States, in particular. The Islamic Foreign Ministers strongly condemned these attacks and underscored the necessity of cracking down on the perpetrators. They agreed to effectively contribute towards the effort, within the United Nations, to define the phenomenon of terrorism and to address its causes in order to achieve international security and stability. OIC Member States stressed that these acts were contrary to the tolerant message of Islam, which spurns aggression, calls for peaceful co-existence, tolerance and respect among people, underscores the dignity of human life and prohibits killing innocent people.

The Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers denounced forces that have tried to cause harm to Islam and the Muslims. They rejected attempts at creating any linkage between Islam and these terrorist acts. They called for necessary measures to protect the rights of innocent civilians. The Conference also expressed its particular concern over the phenomenon of state terrorism and the attempt by some States to exploit September 11 events to perpetuate the repression of occupied people. They rejected the targeting of any Islamic or Arab state under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Mr. Chairman,

The full-scale invasion and reoccupation of Palestinian territories by the Israeli defense forces over the past 18 months, causing over a thousand deaths and wounding many more, have been a source of deep anguish for the Islamic world. The OIC considers the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories as the principle reason for the deterioration in the situation in the occupied territories. The OIC strongly condemns Israel’s use of force and its attempts to undermine Palestinian national institutions and elected leadership. The OIC calls upon the international community to put an end to Israeli aggression.

The OIC calls for the full implementation of resolution 425 and the withdrawal of Israel from all occupied Lebanese territories including the Shebaa farms. The continued detention of Lebanese civilians in Israeli prisons remain a source of concern for the OIC. The OIC also calls upon Israel to release the Lebanese civilian detainees and to provide all the maps of land mines left behind by the Israeli occupation forces in Southern Lebanon which continue to take a toll of human lives.

The OIC has consistently urged the Commission on Human Rights to terminate the consideration of the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran which has been presented over the past 19 years. The OIC considers this resolution to be politically motivated as it does not take into account the progress made by the Islamic Republic of Iran in promoting human rights – a fact that has be recognized by the international community.

Mr. Chairman,

The OIC welcomes the installation of the Afghan Interim Authority and urges the international community to support the Afghan government’s efforts for the reconstruction of the country and the restoration of all national institutions. In this context, it requests donors to release the financial assistance they pledged at the donor conference in Tokyo earlier this year. The OIC also urges the international community to strengthen and expand the mandate of the international security force for Afghanistan.

OIC resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir condemn the continuing massive violations of human rights of Kashmiri people, uphold their right to self-determination and call for a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir issue in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. The OIC has appreciated the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to seek a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute and has called for an early resumption of result-oriented talks between Pakistan and India.

The OIC remains concerned about the difficulties encountered by Bosniak returnees to certain areas in Bosnia Herzegovina and the unresolved issue of over 20,000 missing Bosniaks.

OIC remains concerned about the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, the suffering of Azerbaijani displaced persons and refugees. It calls for a just and peaceful settlement of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan while respecting the principles of territorial integrity of states and inviolability of international recognized borders.

The OIC affirms respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Iraq. It expresses sympathy for the suffering of the Iraqi people. It welcomes paragraph C of Security Council Resolution 1284 pertaining to humanitarian initiatives aimed at meeting the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people and alleviating their suffering.

In compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law and the relevant resolution of the Security Council, the OIC calls for an early solution to the problem of prisoners and missing persons from Kuwait and other countries.

The OIC also expresses its firm support for the right cause of the Turkish Muslim people of Cyprus and reaffirms its resolutions and declarations on Cyprus.

The OIC is opposed to organized campaigns against some members of the Group. The OIC believes that such campaigns, carried out in the name of condemning slavery and slavery-like practices, against some members of the Group are politically motivated and are based on falsehood and misinformation. The OIC calls for putting this practice to an end.

The OIC calls upon the Commission on Human Rights to play its mandated role in alleviating the suffering and plight of the Muslim people. It also calls upon the Commission to adopt concrete measure for the redressal of the concerns that this Organization has voiced in this forum year after year. The OIC assures the Commission of its positive cooperation in this endeavor.

I thank you, Mr. Chairman.