On the agenda - promoting and protecting the rights of refugees and migrants

The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) held its 14th Regular Session in Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) on 02-06 December 2018. It was attended by a member of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, the Director of the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Kh. Saidov.

The session was attended by the representative of the OIC Secretary General, Representatives of OIC Member States, International Islamic Fiqh Academy-IIFA and relevant international human rights experts on the subject from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The session discussed the theme on “Promoting and protecting the rights of refugees and migrants: An Islamic and international human rights obligation”. It was noted that the grave global situation of refugees and migrants, directly and disproportionately affects the OIC Countries. At the same time, the main problems facing the protection of migrants and refugees were discussed, and current international, regional initiatives related to migrants and refugees were discussed. 

All participants agreed that the primary responsibility for providing protection to migrant and refugees lies with the States, and that the basic human rights of migrants and refugees are to be protected and respected, regardless of their status at the points of departure, arrival or in transit. While recognizing the difficulties that States face in handling migration and refugee issues, various speakers stressed that States must cooperate to develop best ways and means to strengthen national legislations and action plans aimed at promotion of human rights-based policy formulation.

The session also held an in-depth discussion of such agenda issues as civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights, the rights of women and children, the right to development in the OIC Member States.