Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) while commemorating the ‘International Human Rights Day 2022’ regretted that neither present configuration of human rights architecture nor international order is able to fulfil its commitment to defend and realize human rights for all peoples equally. There is a degree of ‘fragmentation’ in dealing with human rights issues. Although, all rights, as enshrined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights, derive from human dignity and are meant to preserve dignity for all, yet there is unmitigated bias in priorities and preferences in dealing with ongoing crisis of human rights.
In this regard, IPHRC streseed that the juxtaposition of recent conflict in Ukraine with decades old Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories and Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir highlights the unequal and unjust international order in dealing with international peace and security.
“The urgency shown to address conflict in one part of the world is welcoming but denial of similar preference for dignity, freedom and justice to others confirms that à la carte selective application of international human rights and humanitarian law was common in the past, as it is in the present”, the Commission said.
The Commission highlighted that Muslims, in some parts of the world, whether living under occupation or as refugees or minorities are facing severe human rights violations. This is happening under brutal occupation regimes and in democratic societies under the garb of “Laicite” and “Hindutva”. Life for them has become a constant struggle due to endemic poverty, systemic injustices and inequalities, intensification and non-resolution of conflicts, asymmetries of trade relations and impact of climate change resulting from unjust international order.
The Commission underscored that Islam accepts, respects and promotes human diversity. Its respect for pluralism, dignity, freedom and justice, based on its universal teachings to all mankind, paved the way for human rights respecting societies in medieval times. It has not only laid the foundation but also propagates an international order steeped in the principles of equality among all human beings and nations regardless of caste, color, creed or religious beliefs.
The Commission endorses the opinion of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order that full and unconditional respect for international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law, is the condition sine qua non for realizing a peaceful, prosperous, resilient and just international order.
The Commission, further, called upon all States to utilize all essential tools including necessary legislation, administrative measures and law enforcement to combat all forms of discrimination and violence and create “conditions of peace, including economic development and progressive social legislation.”
It also urged all States to consider restructuring international order to make it equitable and democratic through: (a) fair global financial and economic architecture enabling all States, especially the least developed and developing countries, access to necessary funds, technical assistance and modern technologies to achecive sustained and sustainable development; (b) addressing all obstacles on the implementation and full realization of the Right to Development; (c) provision of effective adaptive capacities for developing States to deal with environmental vulnerabilities, including those attributed to marginalization effects of the technological gap.