70th Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR – Statement by Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions (SARFON) (07 October, 2019)

70th Session of the Executive Committee of UNHCR  Statement by Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions (SARFON) (07 October, 2019) Mr. Chairman,UN High Commissioner,Excellencies,Distinguished Delegates, Let me start with a verse of philosopher poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, “There are thousands of God’s lovers, who are roaming in the wilderness, I…

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations – Right of Reply – Agenda Item-8 – 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council – 23 September 2019

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations Right of Reply – Agenda Item-8 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council 23 September 2019   Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s Right of Reply. Regrettably, India continues to unashamedly justify the violation of the human rights of Kashmiris.…

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations – Right of Reply – Agenda Item-5 – 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council – 19 September 2019

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations Right of Reply – Agenda Item-5 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council 19 September 2019   Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India continues with its outright lies against my country. No matter how much…

Please Check against Delivery Pakistan Statement Remarks by Ambassador Tehmina Janjua Agenda Item-4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention 17 September 2019

  Mr. President, A long night of repression has descended on the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK), and the rest of India, where lynching by cow vigilantes, burning of churches and raping of women including Nuns continues unabated.  Today is the forty fourth day of curfew in IOK, of a complete security…

42nd SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Debate on the Report of the High Commissioner 17 September 2019

  Mr. President,           I am delivering this statement on behalf of OIC group of countries. OIC would reiterate that ‘Islamophobia’ is a serious concern for OIC. It has taken many dreadful forms including inter alia hate speech by some media groups, attacks on women wearing hijab, murder of innocents by cow vigilantes, denigration of…

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations – Right of Reply – Agenda Item-4 – 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council – 17 September 2019

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations Right of Reply – Agenda Item-4 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council 17 Sep 2019 Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. Instead of answering for its gross human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Jammu…

42nd SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan – Agenda Item-3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development 13 September 2019

Mr. President,             One of the purposes of the United Nations creation was to free the world from all forms of servitude – to protect the life and liberty of the people of the world. Right to self determination is the bed rock for realizing these purposes and principles and hence adequately reflected in…

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations – Right of Reply – Agenda Item-3 – 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council – 13 September 2019

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations Right of Reply – Agenda Item-3 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council 13 September 2019 Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India persists in its untenable defence of its indefensible actions in Indian occupied Jammu and…

Right of Reply – General Debate – Agenda Item 2 – 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council – 10 September 2019

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to UN Geneva   General Debate – Agenda Item 2 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council 10 September 2019 Mr. President,             We are making this right of reply in response to India’s Right of Reply.   Obfuscation of facts and outright mendacity has become a tedious habit of…

42nd SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Agenda Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Tuesday, 10 September 2019

42nd SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PAKISTAN | Agenda Item 2 Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Tuesday, 10 September 2019  Mr. President,           We thank the High Commissioner for her oral update. (We share her concerns regarding the grave human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK). The…

42nd SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – General Debate on the Report of the High Commissioner – 10 September 2019

42nd SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)  General Debate on the Report of the High Commissioner – 10 September 2019 Mr. President,                On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for her report and the oral update. OIC believes that inclusive and constructive engagement between all stakeholders…

Text of the Statement made by H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs at the 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council

President Ambassador Coly Seck, High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madam Bachelet, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates At the outset I express my heartfelt condolence on the loss of life and property in Bahamas due to hurricane Dorian. I thank you Mr. President and the Bureau for your able stewardship of the Human Rights Council. I also commend…

42nd SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Debate on the Report of the High Commissioner 10 September 2019

Mr. President,                On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for her report and the oral update. OIC believes that inclusive and constructive engagement between all stakeholders is necessary to ensure promotion and protection of all human rights. Setting aside our political divides and differences and working on commonalities is needed more…

42nd SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PAKISTAN | Agenda Item 2 Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Mr. President,           We thank the High Commissioner for her oral update. (We share her concerns regarding the grave human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK). The High Commissioner is equally justified in demanding immediate access to Indian Occupied Kashmir.) It has now been exactly 38 days since Indian Occupied Kashmir went…

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to UN Geneva – General Debate – Agenda Item 2 – 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council – 10 September 2019

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to UN  Geneva – General Debate Agenda Item 2 – 42nd Session of the Human Rights Council 10 September 2019   Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s Right of Reply.   Obfuscation of facts and outright mendacity has become a tedious habit of…

41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations End of Session 12 July 2019

Mr. President,           Let me start by congratulating you, the Bureau, and the Secretariat for smooth and efficient handling of the 41st Session. Pakistan will continue to assist your efforts with our objective, holistic, non-politicised and inclusive approach to address human rights situations and issues. As this Council and broader human rights machinery is aware,…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner in follow-up to Resolution S-27/1 Remarks by OIC 10 July 2019

Thank you, Mr. President. The OIC Group remains deeply concerned at the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. We thank the High Commissioner for her Oral Update about this human rights and humanitarian crisis. The OIC believes that racial and religious discriminationremains one of the biggest obstacles to global peace and security.…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Pakistan for ID with High Commissioner on Resolution S-27/1 July 10, 2019

Mr. President, Wethank the High Commissioner for her oral update. Pakistan remains concerned with the human rights situations of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The extreme vulnerability or Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar is a consequence of deliberate State policies and practices implemented over decades, steadily marginalising them. The result is a continuing…

41st Session of the Human Rights Council Statement delivered by Pakistan on behalf of Like-Minded Group General Debate – Agenda Item 10 (Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building) (9 July 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. The States have primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of all human rights and therefore, focusing on building capacity of relevant institutions can go…

OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan General Debate – Agenda Item 10 (Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building) 41st HRC Session (9 July 2019)

Mr. President,           OIC considers that the Human Rights Council can play its role in the promotion and protection of all human rights by supporting the national efforts and strengthening national mechanisms and institutions.   Technical cooperation and capacity building is the most effective, non-politicized, impartial and objective tool at the disposal of Human Rights Council…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate on Agenda Item 7 -Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories Remarks by Pakistan (8 July 2019)

Mr. President,   Pakistan reaffirms the importance of this important Agenda Item. The Right to SelfDetermination is a basic human right which is enshrined in the UN Charter and Common Article 1 of the two Covenants. It is unfortunate and regrettable that in some parts of the world, including in Palestine, millions of people have…

PERMANENT MISSION OF PAKISTAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS Second Right of Reply delivered by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary General Debate – Agenda Item 8 41th Session of the Human Rights Council 8 July 2019

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply to India’s right of reply. Does Indian democracy follow the same set of moral standards as the rest of the world? Do draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act exist in other functioning democracies? The last nail in the coffin…

PERMANENT MISSION OF PAKISTAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS First Right of Reply delivered by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary General Debate – Agenda Item 8 41th Session of the Human Rights Council 8 July 2019

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India’s continues to attack the High Commissioner for Human Rights and her office for publishing the Kashmir report. We ask the Council, is it befitting for a Council member to attack the Premier human right defender of the world…

41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Debate on Item 8 Vienna Declaration and Program of Action 8 July, 2019

Mr. President,           We deliver this statement on behalf of the OIC. VDPA identifies foundation principles of human rights mechanisms and approaches. These principles include, inter alia, first, the respect for human dignity making human person as the centre of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Second, all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and…

41stSESSION 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 8 July 2019

Mr. President, Pakistan is also deeply concerned at the rise of racism, xenophobia and intolerance, and rejects these in the strongest possible terms.           In the contemporary world, xenophobia, racism and anti-migrantpolicies, pursued on the plank of populist platforms by mainstream political parties, are on the rise. This newxenophobic political discourse and ideologically motivated hate…

41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Agenda Item-8 – 8 July 2019

Mr. President, The VDPA envisaged a world free from torture, racism and racial discrimination, human rights violations especially against vulnerable groups including minorities, women, children, persons with disabilities, migrants etc. It stressed on the principles of equality, justice, tolerance, fair-play in international dealings and giving equal importance to all human rights, including the right to…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate on Agenda Item 7 -Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan (08 July 2019)

    Mr. President, I have the honor to make this statement on behalf of the OIC.     Once again, we express deep concern that certain member states decided to boycott Agenda Item 7 which is a deliberate attempt to undermine the credibility of the Human Rights Council. We would like to ask those…

41stSESSION 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 8 July 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. The UN Secretary General,during the launch of the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech…

41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General debate on ITEM 6- Universal Periodic Review Statement on behalf of the OIC delivered by Pakistan (July 5, 2019)

Mr. President, I make this statement on behalf of the Member States of the OIC. UPR mechanism aims at promoting universality, interdependence, indivisibility and inter-relatedness of all human rights and ensures universal coverage and equal treatment of all states. The OIC member states strongly support this mechanism. The UPR has helped develop a collaborative space…