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Turkish President Abdullah Gül (R), Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (L) and Saudi Arabian King Abdullah pose for a photo at an OIC summit in Mecca. REUTERS Photo

Turkish President Abdullah Gül (R), Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (L) and Saudi Arabian King Abdullah pose for a photo at an OIC summit in Mecca. REUTERS Photo

A meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Human Rights Commission was held yesterday in the Turkish capital of Ankara, hosted by OIC chief Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Davutoğlu, speaking at a joint press conference with İhsanoğlu following the meeting, said that the commission was an independent and permanent structure. The commission demonstrates the true face of Muslims and their humanitarian sympathies, he said.

“Whenever the OIC launches an initiative, Turkey will take part in it and extend the necessary support,” he said. The first meeting of the commission was hosted in Jakarta in May. Davutoğlu said the commission did not have a technical structure, but rather a philosophical basis. “It is a wide-scale global platform where the problems of the Muslim world and basic humanitarian matters are addressed,” he said. Many people think the civilization of the Islamic world does not conform to universal humanitarian values, but this is mistaken, Davutoğlu said.

“These are our values as well. They were not injected into the Islamic world from outside. Islam was substantively founded on these values,” he said. “It does not matter whether it happens tens of thousands of kilometers away. Wherever there is a humanitarian issue and a violation of human rights [...] Turkey will be there.”

August/28/2012

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Blue Beyond

8/28/2012 10:08:43 PM

Sam, please, these fellows have a long, long way to go. First they must come to understand the concept of irony, then they can begin work on substantive human rights issues. Give the boys a chance.

Tekion Particle

8/28/2012 9:09:09 PM

Hahaha, the jokers of the century with the "BIGGEST JOKE" of all time "THE HUMAN RIGHTS". This meeting and the photo is an insult to intelligence...

sam stevens

8/28/2012 11:30:18 AM

Absolutely HILARIOUS ! How can anyone not see the irony here, in the centre of the photo you have King of Saudi Arabia one of the most oppressive regimes in the world against women........where women are not even allowed to drive ! Then look at the photo as a whole,not a woman in sight, from this I can only glean that women are not human so have no rights ! If it wasn't so serious it would be funny.The irony passes these men by !!!

Murun Buchstansangur

8/28/2012 1:12:11 AM

A sad joke. The main focus of this 'group' in recent years has to been to use their majority in the UN Human Rights Sub-Committee to pervert the definition of human rights and to try and drive through a world-wide blasphemy law (pertaining to Islam of course). Luckily, up until now, these attempts have received the derision and scorn that they are due.
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