39thSESSION 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 (24 September 2018)

Mr. President, The OIC Member States are extremely concerned to see that due to continued international paralysis, Israel, the Occupying Power, has persisted with its deliberate, systematic and gross violations in Occupied Palestine with total impunity.  It continues to relentlessly act as a State above the law and unbound by principles of international law. It…

39thSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Interactive Dialogue – Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 Protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Agenda Item-7), OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan (24 September 2018)

Mr. President, At the outset the OIC would like to welcome the Commission of Inquiry to investigate in the events occurred in the context of mass protests in the OPT since 30 March and we thank them for the oral update provided to this Council. Mr. President, Since the protests began on 30 March, 187…

39th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Item-7 – Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Occupied Palestinian Territory, Remarks by Pakistan , 24 September 2018

Mr. President, Pakistan welcomes the members of the Commission on Inquiry to investigate in the events occurred in the context of mass protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 30 March and thanks them for their oral update. Pakistan condemns the arbitrary killing of more than 100 Palestinians including women and children by the Occupation…

Right of Reply by Pakistan in response to India’s ror General debate of Item 4 Delivered by Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary 39th Session of the Human Rights Council 18 September 2018

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. Today’s India is neo-apartheid State on lines of caste and religion masquerading as a democracy. Indeed, we are all watching with dismay and concern the deliberate, systematic construction of a fascist hindutwa political order in India. Those who espouse…

Right of Reply by Pakistan in response to Indian’s ror – Interactive dialogue with the Working Groups on enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention Delivered by Mr. Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary 39th Session of the Human Rights Council 12 September 2018

Mr President, We are making this right of reply in response to the Right of Reply made by India. We are amazed at the Indian delegation’s persistence of fudging the facts and telling outright lies. Rather than answering to the concerns raised by the OHCHR in its Kashmir Report, India again resorted to its diversionary…

Right of Reply by Pakistan in response to India’s ror – general debate of item 2 delivered by Mr. Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary 39th Session of the Human Rights Council 14 September 2018

Mr President, We are making this right of reply in response to the Right of Reply made by India. Rather than answering to the concerns raised by the OHCHR in its Kashmir Report, India again resorted to its diversionary tactics of fudging the facts and telling outright lies. India’s first set of lies is about…

RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN IN RESPONSE TO INDIA’S ROR Delivered by Ms. Tehreem Bano, Assistant Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (Agenda Item 2) 11 September 2018

Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s statement. We regret that instead of introspection of its atrocities against the Kashmiri people, India has again resorted to baseless polemic and provocative rhetoric against Pakistan. We do not intend to engage in an altercation with India on domestic issues of…

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 Remarks by Pakistan for Panel Discussion on Rights of Indigenous People 19 September 2018

Mr. President,   We thank the panellists for their useful insight into this important subject. Pakistan believes that all people, including the indigenous people, have equal role to play in the nation building. The true realization of all human rights cannot be achieved without addressing their basic needs and development goals. As mentioned by the…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with SR on Right to Development and SR on Unilateral Coercive measures 13 September 2018

Mr. President,   We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for their reports. Pakistan has always striven to put human rights of people at the centre of its development strategies and agreements. Accordingly, we have followed multifaceted approach towards development including structural reforms, investment friendly policies, and social safety nets for vulnerable. The enjoyment of fundamental…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with Independent Expert on the rights of older persons and Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation 10 September 2018

Mr. President, We thank both the Independent Expert and the Special Rapporteur for their reports.   The Independent Expert has aptly highlighted the challenges in realizing the rights of older persons in different societies. These challenges vary: developed countries with broken down family system have their own challenges; developing countries where family system is intact…

Please Check against Delivery 39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Slavery and Independent Expert on promotion of a democratic and equitable International Order 10 September 2018

Mr. President, We thank both the Special Procedures for presentation of their reports.   We agree with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Slavery in concluding that the human rights situation of domestic workers, especially of migrant workers, is directly related to increasing globalization, macroeconomic policies which reinforce inequality and poverty, climate change and…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General debate on ITEM 6- Universal Periodic Review Statement on behalf of the OIC delivered by Pakistan (21 September 2018)

Mr. President, UPR mechanism is one of the successes of the Human Rights Council. It was established to promote the universality, interdependence, indivisibility and interrelatedness of all human rights and to ensure universal coverage and equal treatment of all states. The OIC member states strongly support this mechanism. The UPR mechanism has helped create a…

Pakistan’s statement General Debate – Agenda Item 5 (Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms) 39th HRC Session (19 September 2018)

Mr. President,                 The working of Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms must be guided by the principles of transparency, accountability, objectivity, impartiality, constructive dialogue and non politicization. These principles must mean something. These principles should be translated into quantifiable indicators. The OHCHR may share the steps taken during the last year to promote these principles…

OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan General Debate – Agenda Item 5 (Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms) 39th HRC Session (19 September 2018)

Mr. President, The OIC considers that equitable distribution of financial and human resources is critical for effective and unbiased discharge of the mandates of the Special Procedures as underscored in UNGA Resolution 65/281. The OIC reiterates that work of the Special Procedure Mandate Holders and treaty bodies should always be guided by the principles of…

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…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Interactive Dialogue with Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar Statement on behalf of the OIC delivered by Pakistan (18 September 2018)

Statement delivered by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva Mr. President, We thank the Members of the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) for presentation of this report. The OIC remains deeply concerned at the deteriorating human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The findings of the final…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the General Debate (agenda item 3): “Protection and Promotion of all Human Rights, civil political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” at 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (14 September 2018)

Mr. President, All human rights are equal and indivisible, to be treated with similar attention and emphasis. The Right to self determination, enshrined in the UN Charter and other International Covenants, is at the root of the realization of all these rights. In the last seven decades, Right to self determination galvanized the drive of…

Statement by the OIC in the General Debate Agenda item 3: “Protection and Promotion of all Human Rights, civil political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” (39th Session of Human Rights Council) 14 September 2018

Mr. President, OIC Member States reiterate that all human rights are equal and should be treated with similar focus and attention. The OIC advocates non-politicization of the Human Rights Council for promotion and protection of all human rights. Selectivity and double standards delegitimize the global human rights agenda and tarnish the lofty ideals that we…

Pakistan’s statement delivered by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention 39th HRC Session (12 September 2018)

Mr. President,                 We support the work of the two Woking Groups. Being a parliamentary democracy, with free media, independent judiciary, and vibrant civil society, Pakistan is fully committed to the fulfilment of its international obligations and promotion and protection of all human rights and has taken a number of steps to investigate and remedy…

Pakistan’s statement delivered by Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue – Working Group on use of mercenaries and Special Rapporteur on Hazardous wastes 39th HRC Session (12 September 2018)

Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur on Hazardous wastes for the presentation of his report. Human rights are universal and must be respected by all. Everyone has the same right to safe and healthy work, regardless of income, age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion or status. It is the responsibility of the States to ensure…

Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Agenda Item-2: of ID with High Commissioner delivered by OIC Coordinator, Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan 39th Session of the HRC (Geneva, 11 September 2018)

Mr. President,             On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for her report and the oral update   The OIC welcomes Madam Michelle Bachelet in her new role and appreciate her oral update. She confronts global human rights challenges in the context of deteriorating democratic values, ongoing and protracted conflicts, forceful…

Statement by Ambassador FarukhAmil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council under Agenda Item 2: “Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General” (11 September 2018)

Mr. President,             We thank High Commissioner Michele Bachelet for her report and the oral update. We welcome her leadership of the OHCHR. She has rightly drawn our attention to the continuing conflicts and crises across the global and the need to work towards permanent solution of such conflicts, thereby easing human rights and…

Ambassador Farukh Amil,  Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the General Debate (agenda item 3):  “Protection and Promotion of all Human Rights, civil political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” at 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (25 July 2018)

Mr. President, Pakistan views all human rights as equal and indivisible, to be treated with similar attention and emphasis. The Right to self determination is enshrined in the foundational documents of the international community – the UN Charter and other International Covenants. Without this right, all other rights are illusory.  In the last seven decades,…

RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN IN RESPONSE TO INDIA’S RIGHT OF REPLY – 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (Agenda Item 3) – Delivered by Ms. Murk Aijaz 25 June 2018

  Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s statement. It is regrettable that India has once again resorted to baseless rhetoric against Pakistan. Such accusations cannot hide India’s crimes against humanity in Kashmir, or prevent Pakistan from voicing its support for Kashmiri people. India cannot unilaterally alter that…

Statement by the OIC in the General Debate – Agenda item 3: “Protection and Promotion of all Human Rights, civil political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” (38th Session of Human Rights Council) 25 June 2018

  Mr. President, OIC Member States reiterate their principled position that all human rights are equal and should be treated with similar focus and attention. The OIC has always advocated non-politicization of the Council where discussions take place in a constructive, non- confrontationist, objective and non-selective manner. The nation of selectivity among human rights and…

SECOND RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN IN RESPONSE TO INDIA’S SECOND RIGHT OF REPLY – 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (Agenda Item 3) – Delivered by Ms. Murk Aijaz 25 June 2018

  Mr. President, We regret that the Indian Delegation has followed a predictable pattern of its response against Pakistan, which it had already repeated ad nauseam. The OHCHR report on Kashmir needs earnest follow up. India should implement its recommendation, including the Commission of Inquiry, as an opportunity to prove its charges against Pakistan and…