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OIC chief opens IPHCR headquarters in Jeddah

Jeddah (IINA) – OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has stressed that the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) stands as a proof of OIC’s commitment to promoting and protecting all human rights in accordance with international human rights law with full independence, impartiality, and objectivity.

Al-Othaimeen made the remarks during the soft opening of the IPHCR headquarters in Jeddah where he was greeted by the executive director of IPHRC, Marghoob Salim Butt and other officials.

The secretary general thanked the Kingdom for its continuous support to the OIC and the IPHRC. The headquarters agreement for the IPHRC was signed with the Saudi government on February 22.

The OIC chief congratulated the entire team of IPHRC Secretariat and Commissioners for reaching the significant milestone of starting their work from their own premises. It marks a new chapter in their history, as it contributes to the process of full administrative independence, said Al-Othaimeen.

I am very happy that in a short span of its existence, IPHRC has proved its metal and provided objective views on all human rights issues of concern to the OIC and their contributions are acknowledged and appreciated both by the OIC and the international human rights community, he added.

IPHRC was established as one of the principal organs of the OIC in 2011 and was mandated to work independently with full financial and administrative autonomy.

Its secretariat was previously housed within OIC General Secretariat, but today marks the first day of its functioning from new office in a separate building.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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