Item 10 (Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building)-General Debate – Comments by Pakistan on behalf of LMG 35 Session of HRC, (21st June 2017)

  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 is an effective tool for constructive engagement and…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 7 – 35th HRC Session – (19 June 2017)

  Mr. President, Can there be a comparison between the oppressor and the oppressed? Can there be any justification for occupation? There can be only one answer to this, NO. Then how can Israel’s state sponsored terrorism be equated with the legitimate struggle of Palestinian people in the West Banks, including Jerusalem and Gaza and…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 9 – General Debate – (19 June 2017)

  Mr. President, We appreciate the Special Rapporteur for presenting his report. Pakistan has been at the forefront of global efforts in combating colonialism and racial discrimination and played a lead role in the elaboration of ICERD. Pakistan has been ranked as one of the least racist countries in the world, according to a report…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 8 – General Debate – (19 June 2017)

  Mr. President, The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) reaffirmed the commitment of international community for the respect, promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also chalked down the basic principles and elements in a balanced manner necessary for enhancing international cooperation and at the same time guaranteeing national…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 5 – Report of the Forum on Business and Human Rights – 35th HRC Session – (16 June 2017)

  Mr. President, The private sector is always the most vibrant part of the society that is also the trend setter for modern practices and culture. As we strive for the promotion and protection of all human rights, we can greatly benefit by working together with the business community. The UN Guiding Principles for Business…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – On behalf of OIC – Item 5 General Debate – 35th Session of HRC – (16 June 2017)

  Mr President, I am making these comments on behalf of OIC Member States. OIC Member States would like to reiterate that the work of the Special Procedures of Human Rights Council should be guided by the principles of universality, objectivity, impartiality, constructive cooperation, non-selectivity and non-politicization. The issue of adequate funding remains a challenge…

STATEMENT BY PAKISTAN ON BEHALF OF THE OIC IN THE GENERAL DEBATE UNDER AGENDA ITEM 9 – 35th HRC Session

Mr. President,             I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the OIC.             The OIC group strongly believes in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all peoples without any discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, colour or socio-economic status. The OIC resolution 16/18 on…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of OIC – General Debate under Agenda Item 8 – 35th Session of HRC

Mr. President, I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the member states of the OIC. The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) reaffirms the importance of ensuring the universality, objectivity and non-selectivity of the consideration of human rights issues. We believe that human rights, while being dynamic, interdependent and indivisible…

Statement by Pakistan – Agenda Item 4 – General Debate – (15 June 2017)

  Mr. President, The grave situation of gross and systemic violations of human rights and denial of fundamental freedoms in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir requires Council’s urgent attention. The Indian government has broken its own record of brutality in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK), not only in target killing but also by indiscriminately killing…

Intervention by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – International Workshop on Human Rights and Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind

  The world has witnessed turmoil and wars for centuries. The end of the Cold War brought new hope and filled the people with aspirations for a bright future based on cooperation, peace and development. However, unipolarity failed to fulfill these shared inspirations of humankind and led to an era of ambiguity and uncertainty. Today, we…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Panel discussion on the rights of women – Theme: Accelerating efforts to eliminate violence against women: engaging men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls – 35th HRC Session – ( 13 June 2017)

  Mr. President, The equality of women in society is an undeniable fact. Making it real in the real world is a challenge for every society. Unfortunately still there are many societal stereotypes and challenges that hamper the objective of gender parity. Gender violence remains one of the most pressing problems being faced by women.…

Item 3 General Debate – Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC – 35th HRC Session

  Mr. President, I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of the Member States of the OIC. The OIC Member States believe that the realization of the right to development is crucial and significant for the realization of all other human rights and preserving human dignity. All human rights should be treated…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan on behalf of OIC – Panel discussion on the rights of women – Theme: Women’s rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: health and gender equality – 35th HRC Session – (13 June 2017)

  Mr. President, We make this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We believe in the promotion and protection of rights of women. No society can truly progress without inclusive socio-economic development of women. In this regard the Sustainable Development Goals particularly those related to health and education become very important, considering the far…

Remarks by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent representative of Pakistan – During General Debate under Item 3 – (35th Session of Human Rights Council) – 12 June 2017

   Mr. Vice President,   The UN Security Council Agenda and its Resolutions remain clear and valid to this day. Dismissing those seeking self-determination as militants is ridiculous. It runs counter to everything the UN stands for. Right to Self-determination are partners each incomplete without the other.   Citizens in Indian Occupied Kashmir have been…

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 3 – ID with SR on the Right to Freedom of Expression – 35th HRC Session – (12 June 2017)

  Mr. President, We thank the SR on freedom of opinion and expression for his report. The freedom of expression both online and offline plays a pivotal role in ensuring an open and free nature of the Internet. The private companies play an important role in this respect. Abuse of freedom of expression through any…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan on behalf of OIC Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers and Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences – 35th HRC Session – (12 June 2017)

  Mr. President,             We appreciate both the Special Rapporteurs for presenting comprehensive reports. We strongly believe that independent judiciary being one of the pillars of a functioning democracy plays a pivotal role in the protection and promotion of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms. The high moral standards, transparency, impartiality and accountability are the…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan, on behalf of OIC Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers and Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences – 35th HRC Session – (12 June 2017)

  Mr. President,             We thank both the Special Rapporteurs on presentation of their reports. OIC strongly believes in rule of law and considers it as the basic element of peace and socio-economic development. An independent, accountable and empowered judiciary is necessary for ensuring justice in the society which has direct implications on the promotion…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan On behalf of the OIC Member States – Agenda Item 3 – Panel Discussion on Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents and Human Rights -35th HRC Session – (9 June 2017)

Mr. President,               Many OIC member states are countries of origin, transit and destination, both for migrants and refugees. Many other are dealing with internal displacement. Since 1982, the OIC has remained “deeply concerned over the aggravation of the problem of refugees in many parts of the world, most of whom are members of…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 3 – Panel Discussion on Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents and Human Rights – 35th HRC – (9 June 2017)

  Mr. President,               It is alarming that “nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced”, according to UNICEF report. Irrespective of the root causes, these children and adolescents must be protected against all forms of human rights abuses and violations.   Children forced to flee or decide to leave…

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 3 – ID with Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice – 35th HRC Session – (9 June 2017)

  Mr. President, We thank the Working Group on the compilation of best practices in its report. Pakistan is a signatory of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. We strongly believe that real progress in all fields’ especially socio-economic development is not possible without the active and equal participation…

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan On behalf of OIC Member States – Agenda Item 3 – ID with Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice – 35th HRC Session – (9 June 2017)

  Mr. President, Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We thank the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice for its report. Islam believes in the principles of equality, non-discrimination and respect of women. OIC has been actively engaged in promoting and protecting the…

Statement by Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary – Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 3 – Clustered ID with Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on Migrants – 35th HRC Session – (8 June 2017)

Mr. President,               We thank the working group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises for their report.   It is important to ensure effective implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. All business enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises to large multinational enterprises, should be…

Statement by Pakistan – 35th Session of Human Rights – 8 June 2017

  Mr. President,   We welcome the report of working group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. The report touches upon some very pertinent issues for which it is important to ensure effective implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. All business enterprises, small and…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 3 – ID with Special Rapporteur on Trafficking – 35th HRC Session – (8 June 2017)

  Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur on trafficking for his comprehensive report. We believe that human trafficking and forced labour pose serious challenges towards the promotion and protection of all human rights. The sufferings increase many folds in case of vulnerable segments of society like women and children. We support the view of…

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan on behalf of OIC – Agenda Item 3 – ID with Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in persons, especially women and children – 35th HRC Session – (8 June 2017)

Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children for outlining a number of important issues related to human trafficking and forced labour in his comprehensive report. We believe that human trafficking and forced labour are violations of basic human rights and cause alot of suffering to the victims.…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Agenda Item 3 – Clustered ID with SRs on IDPs & Extreme Poverty – 35th Session of Human Right Council – 8 June 2017

  Mr. President,   We thank the Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and Special Rapporteur for Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons for presenting their reports.    Pakistan is disappointed at the suggestion of the SP on the Human Rights of IDPs that “Afghan’s are being pushed back from Pakistan” and “Pakistan…

Statement by Pakistan – 35th Session Human Rights Council – 8 June 2017

  Mr. President,   While busy grappling with socio-economic and security challenges, we may witness apocalyptic consequences of a deadly outbreak or emerging health threat. The global health security is becoming increasingly relevant, as the outbreaks, in this age of connectivity and globalization, are not restricted to one country or continent. In this perspective, today´s…

Statement by Pakistan, On behalf of OIC 35th Session Human Rights Council – 8 June 2017

  Mr. President, Achieving international public health security is one of the main challenges arising from the new and complex landscape of public health. Commitments such as International Health Regulations (IHR-2005) and Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) require core capacities. Cognizant of these issues the 2nd Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) held on 1-4…

Statement by Pakistan On behalf of OIC – Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur for Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights – 35th Session Human Rights Council – 7 June 2017

  Mr. President I am making this statement on behalf of the OIC Member States. We thank the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights for presenting their reports. We agree with the Special Rapporteur of the human rights of Internally Displaced Persons that…

35th HRC Session – ID with HC under Item 2 – Statement by Pakistan on behalf of OIC – (07 June, 2017)

  Mr. President, I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the OIC Member States. We thank the High Commissioner for his update. The OIC supports all efforts for the protection and promotion of all human rights, based on the principles of universality, impartiality, non-selectivity and transparency. We strongly believe that states…