Remarks by Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi, Acting Permanent Representative during the Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Torture and Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (34th Session of HRC) 2nd March 2017

Mr. President, We take note of the reports of Special Rapporteur on Torture and Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders which reaffirm priorities of their respective mandates. We concur with the Special Rapporteur that torture in all its forms and manifestations violates human rights and fundamental freedoms and negates the principle of human dignity. Protection…

Biennial high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty Theme: The death penalty and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Comments by Acting Permanent Representative, Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi (34 Session of HRC) 1 March 2017

Mr. President, For many countries, the death penalty remains an important component of their criminal justice system and deterrent against what their societies regard as the most serious crimes in line with Article 6 of ICCPR. We believe that the rights of the offenders must always be weighed against the rights of their victims and…