Issue 94: Draft Report of the Working Group on the Implementation of the Durban Declaration

News: The UN’s “Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action” released a draft report on February 6. This Working Group, open to all states but boycotted by the US, Canada, Australia and Israel, meets for two weeks each year to discuss the …

Issue 76: Negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism

The UN General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on Terrorism is deadlocked in its negotiations on a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. At issue is Article 18, the exclusions clause, to which the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has proposed adding language which would exclude …

Issue 65: The Third Prepatory Meeting of the World Conference on Racism

he Third Preparatory Committee for the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) ended in Geneva last week with reports that there was progress made toward a resolution of the contentious issue of placing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the agenda. Analysis: Declaring itself ready to compromise, the Organization …

Issue 17: 21st annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

November 29th marked the 21st annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. UN headquarters in New York, Geneva, and Vienna were turned over to speakers from the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and to the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable …

Issue 16: A UN seminar in Geneva on perspectives of Islamic law and human rights

A seminar entitled “Enriching the Universality of Human Rights: Islamic Perspectives on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” organized by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in cooperation with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), took place on November 9-10 in Geneva. Twenty …

Issue 14: An UN conference on Shari’ah and human rights; and Annan calles upon American conservatives to “exercise common sense” in their approach to UN-US relations

* On November 9-10 in Geneva, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in consultation with the Organization of the Islamic Conference, will convene a conference entitled “Enriching the Universality of Human Rights: Islamic Perspectives on the Universal Declaration of Human …