The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held on Tuesday an International Symposium entitled Half century of occupation and discrimination: towards accountability and justice, on the sidelines of the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Representatives of the OIC Member States, European countries, legal experts, academia and the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), among many others, attended the event held in coordination with the Permanent Observer Missions of the OIC and the State of Palestine to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Panelists comprised Member of South African Parliament Mandla Mandela, who is also a member of the ANC delegation to Pan-African Parliament; Professor of International Law at the National University of Ireland Dr. John Reynolds; Advocate and Deputy Director General of Adalah Human Rights Centre Sawsan Zaher. They highlighted the impact of the Israeli occupation, colonial practices and discrimination policies and laws on the human rights of the Palestinian people, stressing the responsibility incumbent on the entire international community to combat this racist system.
In his opening statement on behalf of the OIC General Secretariat, Director of Palestine and Al-Quds Affairs Department Ambassador Ali Goutali affirmed that the Palestinian cause is fundamental and central for the pan-Islamic body. He urged the international community to act against these violations and play an effective role in launching multilaterally-sponsored peace process to realize the two-state solution.
Source: International Islamic News Agency
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