Second Right of Reply by Pakistan delivered by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary, High Level Segment of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), 28 February 2019

Mr. President, We are exercising this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India’s uncalled for attack on Pakistan, is a part of its diversionary tactics of resorting to baseless polemic and provocative rhetoric against Pakistan. India’s so-called dossiers have always been fabrication of lies that cannot stand a day in any…

Statement delivered by Pakistan on behalf of Like Minded Group General Debate – Agenda Item 10 (Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building) 40th HRC Session (20 March 2019)

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 can be an effective tool for constructive engagement if…

40TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Agenda Item 10 “Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building” Statement on behalf of the OIC (20March 2019)

Mr. President,           OIC believes that human rights agenda can be best served through cooperation and mutual assistance. Rather than naming and shaming and political point scoring, the Council’s mechanisms must adopt a cooperative framework for the promotion and protection of all human rights. In this regard, OIC considers that Technical cooperation and capacity building…

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…

Second Right of Reply delivered by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, 40th Session of the Human Rights Council, 8 March 2019

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India’s obfuscation of facts and propagation of disinformation never fails to amuse us. A recent report by a reputable organization has found that India has more fake and internet hoaxes than anywhere else in the world which has had murderous consequences in…

First Right of Reply, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights during the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council, 8 March 2019

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s statement. India’s malicious rhetoric against Pakistan is in the same vain as Indian deplorable attacks on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well the ex-High Commissioner himself after the publication of OHCHR Kashmir Report. India cannot hide behind…

Second Right of Reply, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, Item 3, 40th Session of the Human Rights Council, 8 March 2019

We must give credit to Indian delegation for its consistency in misleading the Council, session after session, through its lies, obfuscation and meddling of the facts. India continues to flout its international human rights obligations by unleashing reign of terror in Indian Occupied Kashmir and then the irony is that it acts as a victim.…

First Right of Reply by Pakistan, Item 3, 40th Session of the Human Rights Council, 8 March 2019

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India – the ‘Disinformation News Agency of the world’ continues to peddle the most absurd arguments in an effort to distract attention from their reprehensible human rights record. Lets take their arguments one by one. First, India maligns Pakistan for…

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…

Statement by Her Excellency Dr. Shireen M. Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights at the High Level Segment of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva – 26 February 2019)

Mr President, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates   At the outset, let me congratulate you, Mr. President and the members of your Bureau, for assuming stewardship of the Human Rights Council. As custodian of the third functional pillar of the United Nations, this Council is vested with both legislative and monitoring responsibilities of international human rights. Its…

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…