ISESCO calls for safeguarding legitimate rights of Palestinians

Rabat (OIC-UNA) � On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) called for safeguarding the legitimate rights of the world's peoples, especially the Palestinian people, as well as for establishing an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

On the 10th of December every year since 1950, the world celebrates the International Human Rights Day, which marks the date when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, whereby the international community agreed, for the first time in its history, on a system of rights and basic freedoms, and recognized the provisions of the declaration as a universal standard for all peoples and nations in this connection and a source of inspiration for the states of the world in the formulation of their national constitutions and laws.

The UDHR has become the world's most popular normative reference in all issues pertaining to human rights.

In a statement issued the ISESCO called on the international community to activate the UDHR, along with other international instruments related to the declaration and its philosophy, in particular the international covenant on civil and political rights, the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights, the international convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, the international convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the international convention on the rights of the child, and the international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

On this occasion, ISESCO stressed the need to enable all the peoples of the world to fully enjoy their rights, in particular the Palestinian people, whose legitimate and inalienable rights have been usurped by Israel and pro-Israel international forces, as a result of the Israeli occupation under which they continue to suffer the severest forms of injustice and siege. ISESCO's statement said that this year's International Human Rights Day coincides with a very serious setback to the rights of the Palestinian people, with US administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its decision to transfer its embassy to the holy city in flagrant defiance of international law and in blatant violation of international law.

The statement said that the human rights system constitutes a common ground which brings closer together the countries of the world regardless of the diversity of their cultures and civilizations, thus enhancing cooperation between all components of the international community. The statement said that the Islamic world has always played an active role in enforcing, enhancing and enriching this global human rights system, thus showcasing the Islamic civilization's approach to the rights of human beings whom the creator has honored. In the same vein, ISESCO called for sustained action at all levels to contribute to the dissemination and defense of human rights culture through its programmes, projects, and activities, especially in the field of human rights education, and respect for the religious, cultural and civilizational identities of all peoples and communities.

Source: International Islamic News Agency