Statement by Pakistan General Debate (agenda item 3) 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 10 March 2017

Mr. President, Under Agenda item 3, we address a core, fundamental human right- the right to self determination of people, the right of peoples to determine their destiny, to choose the dispensation under which they would live their lives. The right to self-determination is a bedrock principle of the international order. And, it is a…

Debate on racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration Comments by Pakistan (34 session of HRC) 17 March 2017

Mr. President, The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law and the prohibition of racial discrimination constitutes an erga omnes obligation. Yet in many parts of the world we are witnessing, with great concern, discriminatory practices and increasingly xenophobic and racist responses, including racial, ethnic, religious and nationality based profiling and…

Comments by Pakistan (delivered by Qazi Saleem) Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child Theme: Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (34 session of HRC) 6 March 2017

Mr. President, Human rights, including children’s rights, are at the core of the 2030 Agenda, which is well grounded in the Universal Declaration of human rights and international human rights instruments. In this context, the promotion of, respect for and realization of children’s rights standards is of paramount importance. We believe that the integration of…

Remarks Pakistan during the Panel discussion on good practices and key challenges relevant to access to medicines as one of the fundamental elements of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (34th Session of HRC) 8 March 2017

Mr. President,   Access to medicine is a prerequisite for the practical realization of the basic human right to health enshrined in the UDHR and ICESCR. The world pledged a strong commitment to promoting healthy lives and social well being through the recently pledged Sustainable Development Goals especially goal 3, “Ensure healthy lives and promote…

Comments by Pakistan during the Panel Discussion on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity and Human Rights (34 session of HRC) 9 March 2017

Mr. President,   The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda places the protection of human rights, including in the context of health and reproductive care, as central to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We believe that there is an inextricable link between preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights denials, including discrimination against…

Annual high-level panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming Theme: The contribution of human rights to peacebuilding through the enhancement of dialogue and international cooperation for the promotion of human rights (34 session of HRC) 27 February 2017

Mr. President, Enhancement of dialogue and international cooperation is a prerequisite for promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms. Without the realization of human rights peacebuilding efforts can neither materialize nor become sustainable. We believe that universally agreed human rights standards offer a normative framework essential to prevent and address conflicts, whilst recognizing that the specific…

Item 10 (Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building)-General Debate Comments by Pakistan on behalf of LMG 34 Session of HRC, (22nd march 2017)

Mr. President,   I have the honour to make the statement on behalf of Like-Minded Group of Countries. The complete list would be uploaded on the extranet.   Technical cooperation and capacity building is the most effective and constructive, non-politicized, impartial and objective tool at the disposal of Human Rights Council to prevent human rights…

Comments by Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (34 session of HRC) 3rd March 2017

Mr. President,   We take note with appreciation of report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, which focuses on guidance for States on how to ensure the provision of different forms of rights-based support and assistance for persons with disabilities, in consultation with them.   International human rights law requires…

Remarks by Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism and Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights (34 Session of HRC) 3rd March 2017

Mr. President,   We take note of report of both Special Rapporteurs which address the different dimensions of terrorism-a phenomenon which has manifested in the most despicable forms and has affected the lives of billions of people across the world.   Pakistan is fully committed to combat scourge of extremism and terrorism which has affected…

Remarks by Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with SRSG on Violence against Children and SRSG on Children in Armed Conflict (34th Session of HRC) 7 March 2017

Mr. President,   We take note with appreciation of reports of SRSG on Children in Armed Conflict and SRSG on violence against Children.   Recent estimates show that at least one billion children in the world are victims of violence every year which demonstrates that much more needs to be done to end scourge of…

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…

Remarks by Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with SR on Freedom of Religion or Belief (34th Session of HRC) 7 March 2017

Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief for his report in which he has outlined priorities of his mandate. Despite challenges which are faced by every society today, as a multi-cultural and multi-religious country, Pakistan is committed to promote and protect freedom of religion or belief for all. The…

Comments by Acting Permanent Representative, Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi during the Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment (34th Session of HRC) 8 March 2017

Mr. President, We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for their reports. Right to food is a basic human right and is linked with the enjoyment of a range of other rights. In Pakistan concerted efforts are being made to ensure food security through a number of policy initiatives, including, among others, establishment of Ministry of…

Comments by Ms. Fareena Arshad during the Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy (34th Session of HRC) 7 March 2017

Mr. President,   We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for their comprehensive reports.#   As a party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography since 2011, the Government of Pakistan is committed to protect children from violence and abuse…

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…

Statement by Pakistan ID on High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka, 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 22 March 2017

Mr. President, We take note of High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka to assess the progress made in the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in the country between October 2015 and January 2017. We fully support the efforts of the…

Remarks by Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi, Acting Permanent Representative during the General Debate-Item 9 (34th Session of HRC) 20 March 2017

Mr. President,   Today, the world is confronted with an upsurge of new and contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.  Religious communities are vilified and ethnic minorities are physically targeted, and migrants demonized. Recent reports have also documented an alarming increase in racially and religiously motivated crimes.   It is regrettable…

Remarks by Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the General Debate-Item 8 (34 Session of HRC) 20 March 2017

Mr. President, The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action reiterated the importance of realization of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. Right to development intertwines human rights and human needs and its fulfillment is essential for the realization of all rights. Pakistan is committed to implementing 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through…

Remarks by Deputy Permanent Representative, Mr. Aamar Aftab Qureshi during the General Debate-Item 5 (34th Session of HRC) 15 March 2017

Mr. President,   We thank the Special Rapporteur for her report and take note of recommendations of the ninth Minority Forum.   Pakistan is a multi-religious, multi-cultural, pluralistic society where people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds are living together. The Government of Pakistan is committed to promote and protect the rights of all Pakistani…

Pakistan’s Statement Item 4 General Debate, 14 March 2017

Mr. President, We are seeing today the emergence worldwide, of an environment of intolerance, bigotry and outright repression. This environment is being created by extremist political parties and their leaders who deliberately target the weak, the marginalized and the excluded. Demagogues, exploiting genuine economic and social grievances, are resorting to an extreme nationalist rhetoric and…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 7 March 2017

Mr. President, Pakistan will make this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We appreciate the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy on the compilation of very comprehensive reports, findings of which can serve for better understanding of the relevant…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Annual debate on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 3 March 2016

Mr. President; Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states.  From the outset, let us congratulate and thank the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on compiling a thought provoking and comprehensive report on the topic of “Equality and non-discrimination under article 5 of the Convention on the Rights…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, ID on Migrants 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 10 March 2017

Mr. President,   I have the honour to makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states.   We welcome the High Commissioner timely report on the important issue of migration. The intense wave of xenophobia and discrimination on the basis of religion, creed and race is being experienced by migrants in many parts of…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Annual debate on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 3 March 2016

Mr. President;   Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states.  From the outset, let us congratulate and thank the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on compiling a thought provoking and comprehensive report on the topic of “Equality and non-discrimination under article 5 of the Convention on the…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC (Delivered by Qazi Saleem) Annual full day meeting on the Rights of Child Theme: Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs. 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (06 March 2017)

Mr. President, I make this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We appreciate the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the important theme of protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs. Islam lays a lot of emphasis on the rights…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC ID with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (13 March 2017)

Mr. President, I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of OIC Member States. We thank the Special Rapporteur for her sterling work and welcome her recent report and fully support her mandate. We welcome the decision of the Government of Myanmar to allow access to the Special Rapporteur and constructively engage with…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Minorities 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (15 March 2017)

Mr. President, Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of the OIC. We acknowledge the efforts made by the Special Rapporteur on Minorities during her tenure and take note of her comprehensive report on the minority issues. Islam being the religion of peace believes in respect of humanity and advocates for protection of rights of all…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief and Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice and reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (06 March 2017)

Mr. President,             Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC. The Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice and reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence has covered aspects of transitional justice including the importance of truth commissions, criminal justice system and reparation programmes in his report. Dispensation of justice regardless of considerations for race,…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Annual High-Level Panel: Human Rights Mainstreaming Theme: The contribution of human rights to peace building through the enhancement of dialogue and international cooperation for the promotion of human rights 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 27 February 2017

Mr. President, I make this statement on behalf of OIC member states. Islam is a religion of peace. Conception of peace in Islam begins with attribution of Peace as the Divine name, since the Arabic word for peace -Salam- is one of the ninety nine names of God. Mr. President, Economic equality and international cooperation…

Comments by Pakistan On behalf of OIC Agenda Item 8 General Debate 34th HRC Session (20 March, 2017)

Mr. President,             I make this statement on behalf of the OIC.             VDPA is a historical document that chalked down program of action for the realization of basic human rights envisaged by the Universal declaration on human rights as well as the two Covenants. It identifies foundation principles of human rights mechanisms and approaches.…