On the concluding day of the 44th CFM of OIC, Bangladesh candidate Ambassador Muhammad Zamir was elected as a new member of OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission based in Jeddah for a tenure of three years starting from February 2018. IPHRC has total 18 members and 9 rotating members were elected from three geographical groups -Arab, Asia, Africa and three members from each group.
In the Asian Group of 18 member states of OIC, 5 countries-Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Pakistan earlier nominated their candidates. In the election of these Asian countries on 11 July in Abidjan out of 18 countries, 17 attended in the elections (Turkmenistan was not present) and through secret ballot elected candidates from Bangladesh, Turkey and Uzbekistan for the IPHRC for next three years. Arab and African groups also elected their candidates.
Ambassador Muhammad Zamir is a former Ambassador and former Chief Information Commissioner (Ministerial rank) who also served at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah. Member states of the Asian Group in the OIC are Afghanistan, Albenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Suriname, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is an expert body with advisory capacity established by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as one of the principal organs working independently in the area of human rights. The broad contours of an effective and independent human rights mechanism were envisaged in the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action adopted by the 3rd Extraordinary Islamic Summit held in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia, on 7-8 December 2005. Accordingly, the creation of IPHRC was enunciated in the New OIC Charter adopted by 11th Islamic Summit held in Dakar, Senegal, on 13-14 March 2008. The Commission was formally launched with the adoption of its Statute by the 38th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 28-30 June 2011.
Earlier the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with directives of Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali, MP campaigned for the Bangladesh candidate as Bangladesh contested for their candidate as a member of IPHRC. Due to concerted efforts of the Ministry through activating the Missions in Riyadh and New York as well as Missions in the capitals of Asian group countries, Bangladesh candidate has been elected as a new member of IPHRC.