Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC)

Agenda Item: Protecting Human Rights in The Muslim World

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is an expert advisory body established by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to operate independently within the sphere of human rights. The blueprint for a robust and autonomous human rights mechanism was initially outlined in the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action, adopted during the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia, on December 7-8, 2005. Subsequently, the establishment of IPHRC was formalized in the New OIC Charter, which was adopted during the 11th Islamic Summit in Dakar, Senegal, on March 13-14, 2008. The Commission was officially inaugurated with the approval of its Statute during the 38th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) in Astana, Kazakhstan, from June 28 to June 30, 2011. Notably, in March 2017, the IPHRC Secretariat moved from the OIC General Secretariat premises to its independent Headquarters, graciously provided by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which hosted the Commission.

Note: Official language of this committee is English.