Redefining rights

Organization of Islamic Cooperation attempts to reshape values in the U.N. human rights system

Authored by: Ann Mayer

Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138807679
eBook ISBN: 9781315750972
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613763


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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), originally known as the Organization of the Islamic Conference, has worked hard to reshape aspects of international human rights law, as this review of some of its stances on freedom of expression will illustrate. It is striking that it has never managed to articulate one consistent vision, sometimes conveying the impression that it means to endorse secular values and at other times according obvious priority to upholding Islamic law and related values. Following a brief introductory overview of the OIC’s record, specific aspects of the OIC’s stances will be considered which together paint a picture of an organization motivated more by inconsistent political impulses than a commitment to either human rights or Islamic values.

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