OIC urges Sri Lanka to protect the rights of Muslims

OIC urges Sri Lanka to protect the rights of Muslims

(FASTNEWS | JEDDAH) – The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) categorically condemns Sri Lanka’s enactment of laws under the pretext of counter terrorism and deradicalisation.

The OIC-IPHRC stated that these laws allow for “Grave deprivations of human rights of Muslim minorities and [are] violative of Sri Lanka’s international human rights obligations.”

The OIC-IPHRC stressed that the newly imposed Burqa ban “Squarely violates minorities’ right to freedom of religion guaranteed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).”

In addition, the OIC-IPHRC urged the “Sri Lankan Government to fulfil its international human rights obligations by ensuring to protect the rights of its Muslim minority to practice their religion, free from any coercion or discrimination.”

OIC-IPHRC’S FULL STATEMENT

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