Muslim States Consider Independent Human Rights Commission – OIC

The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), which is made up of 57 Muslim nations, met in April to discuss establishing an independent human rights commission. The OIC Secretary-General stated, “Human rights and man’s dignity are an integral part of Islam and core components of Islamic culture and heritage.” The OIC already has its own Declaration of Human Rights (1990 Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam), which expresses the central place of sharia law in the Islamic perspective on human rights, specifically in Articles 24 and 25 which state “all the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shari’ah” and “the Islamic Shari’ah is the only source of reference for the explanation or clarification of any of the articles of this Declaration.” Sharia contradicts a number of elements of human rights laid down in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thus the Cairo Declaration is all but meaningless as a guarant ee of “human rights” in the sense understood by the modern Western world. • Pray for the UN, that it may bring pressure to bear on the OIC to conform to international standards of human rights. Pray that the difference between “human rights” according to sharia and human rights according to the normal non-Muslim understanding would become widely known.• Pray for Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim countries, that they may be protected from further violations of their human rights, such as religious liberty, especially the freedom to choose one’s faith.


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