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…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 3: Interdependence and development strategies in a globalized world 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. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We thank the Secretariat for the presentation of Trade and Development Report 2018 and appreciate the…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China to be delivered by the Chairman of the Group of 77 and China in Geneva H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil (Pakistan) Agenda Item 2: Evaluation and review of UNCTAD implementation of the quadrennial conference outcome Sixty-Fifth Session of the Trade and Development Board (Part-II) Geneva, 1-4 October 2018

Mr. President, Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Secretary-General, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, 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 detailed report highlighting the Secretariat’s role and contribution in the implementation of mandate…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) 19 September 2018

Mr. President,   We thank the Special Rapporteur and the Experts on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for their valuable reports and briefings. Pakistan considers all basic human rights to be inalienable, indivisible and interdependent and they must be equally guaranteed for all for ensuring ‘Human Dignity’. The constitution of Pakistan guarantees fundamental rights for…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate – Agenda Item 4 – Human Rights situations that require Council’s attention Statement delivered by Mr. Tahir Andrabi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (18 September 2018)

Mr. President Pakistan wishes to highlight disturbing thematic trends and specific situations across the world that requires attention of this Council. Amongst thematic trends, we are worried at rising chauvinistic nationalism growing scale of xenophobia, racial discrimination and anti Muslim sentiments created by extremist political parties and their leaders who deliberately target the weak, the…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Pakistan for Clustered ID with FFM on Myanmar 18 September 2018

Mr. President, We thank the members of the Fact Finding Mission for their hard work and the report. Pakistan is gravely concerned at the findings of the Fact Finding Mission’s report. We concur with the FFM in noting that the extreme vulnerability or Rohingya Muslims and other minorities is a consequence of State policies and…

39TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate Agenda item-4: “Human Rights Situations that require Council’s attention” Statement on behalf of the OIC 18 September 2018

Mr. President,             The OIC in its statements under Agenda items 2 and 3, has highlighted a number of situations that require attention of this Council.   The OIC wishes to reiterate its serious concerns on rising intolerance against migrants and minorities, fed by racism and populism practiced by mainstream political parties. The OIC…