6th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Pakistan’s National Statement delivered by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative (16 May, 2019)

Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, I extend felicitation to the UN DRR and the Government of Switzerland for co-hosting the 6th Global Platform. This is remarkable opportunity for the international community to work towards implementation of Sendai Framework priorities and targets. Ladies and Gentlemen, Being a disaster prone country, Pakistan has…

Commission on Science and Technology for Development Twenty-Second Annual Session, 13–17 May 2019 Agenda Item 2 Progress made in the Implementation of and follow-up to the WSIS outcomes

Mr. Chair,   We thank the distinguished panelists for their insightful presentations. We also thank the Secretariat for its Report on the review of implementation of outcomes of the World Summit on Information Society.   As the report has indicated, many of the digital technologies at the time of World Summits on Information Society in…

Commission on Science and Technology for Development Twenty-Second Annual Session, 13–17 May 2019 Agenda Item 3 Interactive Exchange following High-level Roundtable on “The impact of rapid technological change on sustainable development”

Mr. Chair, Distinguished colleagues,   We thank the distinguished panelists for their insightful presentations. We also thank the Secretariat for its Report on this important issue and Director Sirimanne for presentation of the Report yesterday.   Due to the paucity of time, I would restrict myself to making few points.   Science, technology and innovation…

Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-Commerce and Digital Economy Third Session, 3–5 April 2019 Statement by Ambassador Tahir Andrabi Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN

Madam Chair, Distinguished colleagues,   We thank UNCTAD Secretary General and Director Shamika Sirimanne for their introductory statements and insightful presentations.   Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on E-Commerce and Digital Economy is a unique forum within the UN system to deliberate on increasingly important topics related to digital economy and their implications for development.…

Statement delivered by Pakistan on behalf of Like Minded Group General Debate – Agenda Item 10 (Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building) 40th HRC Session (20 March 2019)

Mr. President, I have the honour to make the statement on behalf of Like-Minded Group of Countries. The complete list of the cosponsors would be shared on the extranet. Technical assistance and capacity building is one of the core functions of the Human Rights Council. It can be an effective tool for constructive engagement if…

40TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Agenda Item 10 “Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building” Statement on behalf of the OIC (20March 2019)

Mr. President,           OIC believes that human rights agenda can be best served through cooperation and mutual assistance. Rather than naming and shaming and political point scoring, the Council’s mechanisms must adopt a cooperative framework for the promotion and protection of all human rights. In this regard, OIC considers that Technical cooperation and capacity building…

40thSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate Item-9 – Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Remarks by OIC 19 March 2019

Mr. President, The OIC Member States strongly believe in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all peoples, without any discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, colour or socio-economic status. OIC Member States are concerned over the increased incidents of anti-Muslim attacks and sentiments. A manifestation of such…

40thSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate Item-9 – Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Remarks by Pakistan 19 March 2019

Mr. President, Today, the world is confronted with an upsurge of new and contemporaryforms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.  Populist leadership in many countries are vilifying religious communities, demonizing migrants and physically assaulting, ethnic minorities. To win popular vote, such leadership promote xenophobic political discourse in the garb of patriotism, using both…

Debate on the mitigation and countering of rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies Remarks by Pakistan 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) 15 March 2019

Mr. President, In many countries, rising nationalist populism and supremacist ideologies provoke discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, language, religion, and national or social origin. To win popular votes, parochial leaderships promotenegative stereotyping and stigmatization, incitement to violence and hate crimes. Once in power, this brand of leadership goes on to even concocts…

40TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate on Agenda item 5: “Human Rights bodies and mechanism” Statement on behalf of the OIC (13 March 2019)

Mr. President, The OIC Member States actively participated in the Forum on Minorities and shared best practices and steps taken for the promotion and protection of all human rights of minorities. OIC considers this Forum as an important platform for highlighting the concerns of minorities. States should ensure that necessary checks and balances are in…

Statement delivered by Mr. Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations 40th Session of Human Rights Council General Debate – Agenda Item 5 – “Human Rights bodies and mechanism” (13 March 2019)

Mr. President, The theme of the eleventh session of the Forum on Minorities relating to Statelessness was very pertinent considering contemporary challenges emanating from conflicts, forced population movements and migration. Statelessness can have significant negative impact on a person’s ability to fully enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms and to have access to a remedy…

Remarks by Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the minority issues (40th Session of Human Rights Council) 13 March 2019

Mr. President,   We support the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and consider his recent report on Statelessness very important in the current scenario where the rhetoric of ‘us’ against ‘them’ is gaining ground in different parts of the world. We would urge the Special Rapporteur to share instances where minorities have been stripped of…

40TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan Agenda Item-4 – Human Rights situations that require Council’s attention (12 March 2019)

Mr. President,           Pakistan shares the concern of the UN Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the rise of racism, xenophobia and intolerance in the world. Such hate driven rhetoric is a precursor to conflicts and grave human rights violations, and requires Council’simmediate attention. In our own region, a similar frenzy…

40th Session of the Human Rights Council General Debate on Agenda item 4: “Human Rights situations that require Council’s attention” Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) 12 March 2019

Mr. President,           Rising xenophobia and intolerance on the basis of religion or belief especially against Muslims is a cause of serious concern for OIC member States. It has taken many dreadful forms including inter alia hate speech by some media groups and main stream political parties, attacks on women wearing hijab, murder of innocent…

Second Right of Reply Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations 40th Session of the Human Rights Council 12 March 2019

Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. Let me first respond to Indian delegate’s claim on the application of right to self-determination. Kashmir is the unfinished business of decolonization, so even the narrow definition of right to self determination given by the Indian delegate, applies…

Second Right of Reply Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations 40th Session of the Human Rights Council 12 March 2019

We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India will lose all credibility if it continues on the path of disinformation and concoction of lies that we just heard from the Indian delegate. India of today is not only doing injustice with the Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir but…

40TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan at Annual Panel discussion on the rights of persons with disabilities – habilitation and rehabilitation – March 6, 2019

Mr. President, We appreciate the insightful interventions of the panellists which focus on ways and means for habilitation and rehabilitation of the persons with disabilities. My delegation believes that Persons with disabilities have every right to act as productive and important citizen of the society and States must provide persons with disabilities access to appropriate…

Statement by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism (40th Session of Human Rights Council) 1 March 2019

Mr. President, Terrorism is the evil that has affected the lives of billions of people across the world. It has destroyed the socio-economic and caused a lot of suffering to innocent people. In Pakistan, we were able to defeat the scrooge of state sponsored terrorism emanating from across the border through robust law enforcement action…

Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur – 40TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 1 March 2019

Mr. President, Terrorism is the evil that has affected the lives of billions of people across the world. It has destroyed the socio-economic fabric of societies and caused a lot of suffering to innocent people. Those who wish to defeat terrorism only through use of force end up breeding more terrorists. In Pakistan, we were…

Statement by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights (40th Session of Human Rights Council) 1 March 2018

Mr President,           We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for the presentation of their reports. We firmly believe in the importance of right to privacy as a fundamental right of every citizen. Right to Privacy is provided for in Article 14 of our Constitution. The Government has done necessary legislation for the protection of this…

Statement by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights (40th Session of Human Rights Council) – 1 March 2018

Mr President,           We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for the presentation of their reports. We firmly believe in the importance of right to privacy as a fundamental right of every citizen. Right to Privacy is provided for in Article 14 of our Constitution. The Government has done necessary legislation for the protection of this…

Statement delivered by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment (40th Session of Human Rights Council) 28 February 2018

Mr. President,           Pakistan, being an open progressive democratic country with strong democratic values and institutions, provides for necessary space for human rights defenders to do their work in all fields. This year’s theme of the report of the Special Rapporteur on women human rights defenders is particularly important considering that no society can achieve…

Right of Reply – Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations 40th Session of the Human Rights Council – 28 February 2019

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s statement delivered during the General segment and their right of reply.  Pakistan rejects that Pulwama incident took place in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident took place in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, which is not an Indian State…

Right of Reply High Level Segment of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) – 28 February 2019

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India’s uncalled for attack on Pakistan is part of its diversionary tactics of resorting to baseless polemic and provocative rhetoric against Pakistan. Indian so called dossiers have always been fabrication of lied that cannot stand a day in court…

PAKISTAN’S STATEMENT AT THE BIENNIAL HIGH-LEVEL PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE QUESTION OF THE DEATH PENALTY 26 FEBRUARY 2019 40TH REGULAR SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Mr. President,   Pakistan aligns with the Statement by Singapore on behalf of groups of States. Pakistan had imposed a moratorium on Death Penalty for a number of years. The moratorium was lifted by a unanimous parliamentary decision taken in the wake of dreadful and atrocious terrorist attack on Army Public School, Peshawar in which…

Pakistan’s statement at the Annual high-level panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming Theme: Human rights in the light of multilateralism: opportunities, challenges and the way forward 25 February 2019 40th Session of the Human Rights Council

Mr. President,           As multilateralism is under assault, as the principles of UN Charter have been eroded due to unilateral actions and as the narrative of ‘us’ against ‘them’ is finding traction, it is absolutely essential to identify and implement a collective approach on advancing human rights through support of multilateralism and UN charter. Such…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China by Pakistan Second Session of the Inter-Governmental Group of Expert (IGE) on Financing for Development (FfD) Geneva, 7-9 November 2018

Mr. President, H.E. Minister Paul Oquist (Nicaragua), Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD Excellencies, Distinguished panelists and participants,   Mr. President, I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. The second session of the…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 6: Report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people

Mr. President, Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Secretary-General, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Minister of National Economy, State of Palestine, H.E. Ms. Abeer Odeh, Excellencies, Distinguished colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. I would like to thank the Secretary-General and his team for the report…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 5: Investment for Development Sixty-Fifth Session of the Trade and Development Board (Part-II) Geneva, 1-4 October 2018

Mr. President, H.E. Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise Excellencies, Distinguished Colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We thank Director James Zhan for the presentation of the 2018 World…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 4: Economic Development in Africa Sixty-Fifth Session of the Trade and Development Board (Part-II) Geneva, 1-4 October 2018

Mr. President, H.E. Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Mr. Paul Akiwumi, Director of the Division on Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, Excellencies, Distinguished Colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We thank the Secretariat for preparing its report highlighting the activities carried…