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On 10 December 1948, the international community adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - a common standard of achievement, which recognized the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all people in all nations. The 50th Anniversary of this historic Declaration in 1998, will be a time to look back with pride on many accomplishments and to consider the lessons learned over the past 50 years in the promotion and protection of human rights.  
The seminar of Islamic commentaries on the UDHR springs out from one of the many ideas to commemorate this anniversary. It is organized by the Office of the High Commissioner in cooperation with the OIC, and brings together some 20 experts. 
The invited experts were selected in consultation with the OIC on the basis of the depth of their Islamic legal background and knowledge of human rights law, as well as their familiarity with other legal systems and cultures. The list of the experts who have been invited to participate in the seminar is as follows: 

Prof. Idriss Alaoui Abdellaoui (Morocco), 
Membre du Conseil Constitutionel 

Dr. Ahmad Kamal Aboulmagd (Egypt), 
Professor of Public Law, University of Cairo 

Mr. Abdul-Rahman Abu Al Nasre (Palestine), 
Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Gaza 

Dr. Mohammad Abdallah Al Ansari (Kuwait), 
Director of the Department of International Relations, Ministry of Justice 

Dr. Mohammad Sa�d Albouti (Syria), 
Chief of the Department of Beliefs and Religions. University of Damascus 

M. Yaya Bawa Abdoulaye (Togo), 
Procureur g�n�ral pr�s la Cour d'Appel de Lom� 

Mme. Wassila Ben Hamda (Tunisia), 
Directeur du D�partement Culture islamique � l'Institut sup�rieur de civilisation islamique, Tunis 

M. Sahib Ben Cheikh (Algeria), 
Mufti de la Mosqu�e de Marseille 

Dr. Mustafa Ceric (Bosnia), 
Grand Mufti of Bosnia 

M. Mamadou Bobo Diallo (Guinea), 
Conseiller juridique au Minist�re des Affaires Etrang�res 

Dr. Ridwan El Sayyed (Lebanon), 
Editor-in-Chief, al-Lithad, Beirut 

M. Hafiz Elsheikh El Zaki (Sudan), 
Deputy Chief Justice 

Dr. Kamel Al-Shareef (Jordan), 
Secretary-General, International Islamic Council for Daw'a and Relief 

Dr. Nurcholish Madjid (Indonesia), 
Rector of the University of Paramadina Mulya, Jakarta 

M. El. Hadji Ravane Mbaye (Senegal), 
Directeur g�n�ral de l'Institut islamique de Dakar 

Mr. Hossein Mehrpour (Iran), 
Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence and Civil law, Beheshti University, Tehran 

Dr. Azim Nanji (Kenya), 
Director, The Institute of Ismaili Studies 

Ms. Norani Othman (Malaysia), 
Associate Professor, Jabatan Antropologi & Sosiologi, University Kebangsaan Malaysia 

Ms. Mashuda Khatun Shefali (Bangladesh), 
Executive Director, Center for Women's Initiatives 

Dr. Adnam Ben Mohammed Al-Wazan (Saudi Arabia), 
Secretary General (Wakil) of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs 

Participants in the Seminar 

Mrs. Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Seminar Moderator 

Dr. Azedine Laraki, Secretary-General, Organization of the Islamic Conference 

Dr. Bacre W. Ndiaye, Director, New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Assistant Moderator of the Seminar. 

.Special Guest of the High Commissioner 

H. E. Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Lawyer, Chairman of the Al Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation 

Themes for discussion 

First day: 9 November (morning): 

Theme One: Islam, the principle of non-discrimination and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

-Islam and the rights of non-Muslims 
-Islam and women 

9 November (afternoon): 

Theme Two: Islam, civil and political rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

-Freedom of thought 
-Freedom of speech 
-Freedom of movement 
-The criminal justice system 
-Islam and the rights of citizens 
 

Second day: 10 November (morning): 

Theme Three: Islam, economic, social and cultural rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  - Zakat, the principle of solidarity and duties to the community  - The right to development (including the right to self-determination, popular participation, environment, natural resources, rights to food, health and shelter, etc.)  10 November (afternoon):  Exchange of views by experts: Islamic perspectives on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

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