Geneva (Hameed Shaheen)28 Feb: Prof. Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) has the human rights at his organization level occupy central place and they are now chief pillar of reforms and restructuring exercise. He was addressing 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Thursday, says an OIC message emailed to Kashmir Watch here.
Dr Ihsanoglu praised the working of the UNHRC stressing that the council’s main role should be more constructive and remedial and not judgemental or selective. He explained the effective role of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) which is reflected in every field of human activities in the OIC member states. “The IPHRC has in fact accomplished its basic task within shortest period, I must say half a year’ time”, he added.
Touching upon various unsettled political and territorial disputes concerning the OIC agenda Dr Ihsanolgu said that the
promotion and protection of human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir formed a vital part of the OIC agenda and expressed deep concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in the India-Occupied Kashmir. He assured that the recent arrests of noted Kashmiri leadership there also constitute a subject of sensitive concern. The OIC continues to call for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, he added. We believe engagement between Pakistan and India is a positive development that must be continued and intensified with a view to resolving all outstanding issues inclusive of J&K issue, he reminded.