Our Executive Director Imad Zuhairi observed that human rights issues relevant to the Islamic world should be given increased priority in Geneva, and expressed the Centre’s willingness to enable the OIC’s member states to fulfil their human rights obligations in line with their national plans.
H.E Ambassador Mohammed K. Ibrahim, Chairman of the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, and Marghoob Saleem Butt, Director of the OIC’s General Secretariat, highlighted the urgent need for informed and objective research into the perceived conflict between Islamic law and human rights, and reflected that Muslim majority countries must be enabled to adapt their regional legislation to conform with international human rights and humanitarian law.
The Ambassador also highlighted the critical importance of educating members of the public on the changing human rights landscape across the world, where narrow and literal interpretation of religious texts may no longer be applicable. He also said that human rights can only be fully realised in the OIC’s member states through an integrated, multilateral approach that extends beyond existing national legislation.
Our Executive Director welcomed the efforts of the OIC to strengthen the implementation of human rights, and expressed the Centre’s readiness to work with all member states by providing human rights training, conferences, and capacity building events.