Jeddah Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen affirmed that in pursuant of the mandate obtained from the Council of Foreign Ministers, the OIC General Secretariat is working on the development of a comprehensive strategy in the area of child care and their well-being in the Islamic world through an implementation mechanism for the Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam in its amended version.
In addition, the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) will be invited to revise the Covenant by providing objective observations regarding the formulation of the sub mentioned strategy.
OIC Secretary General’s Cabinet Director General and Secretary’s Senior Adviser Dr. Abdullah Musa Altayar chaired the inauguration of the 13th session of the IPHRC at its headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.
In the statement he delivered on behalf of the secretary general, he reaffirmed that the OIC General Secretariat, in coordination with the member states, will pursue its cooperation with its regional and international partners. This is in order to help all the parties comply with their international commitments provided for in the relevant international human rights conventions, in addition to the UN declarations on development goals including the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with Islamic teachings.
Altayar noted that OIC pays special importance to children as it has held five ministerial conferences on child issues since 2005. In this respect, he called on the member states to give the necessary importance to the Covenant on the Rights of the Child via its adoption and its ratification, where eight states have adopted the Covenant and only two ratified it.
Meanwhile, he thanked Saudi Arabia, the OIC host country, for hosting IPHRC and for the support provided by Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well as the relevant Saudi public institutions.
On his part, Chairman of the IPHRC 13th session Dr. Rashid Al-Ballushi commended, in the opening speech, the success of the Commission in its work throughout the year it spent in its new headquarters in Jeddah. He disclosed that IPHRC is working on the preparation of the revised draft of the OIC Declaration of Human Rights (ODHR), pointing out that IPHRC is reviewing the Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam, issued in 2005.
It is worthy noted that the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) participated in the discussion of the Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam by providing its Sharia-based observations. In this respect, IIFA Secretary General Dr. Abdul Salam Dawud Al-Abadi affirmed, in the opening speech, that the Academy submitted a comprehensive study to IPHRC and that it would take part in the meetings the Commission.
Source: International Islamic News Agency