41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Agenda Item-4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention 2 July 2019

Mr. President,           The High Commissioner in press statements and oral updates, the Special Procedure Mandate Holders in their communications and the OHCHR in its Kashmir report have regularly raised their concerns regarding the gravity of human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK). This situation deserves special attention and continued monitoring…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Pakistan for ID with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar – July 2, 2019

Mr. President, Wethank the Special Rapporteur for her oral update. Pakistan concurs with the Special Rapporteur in noting that the extreme vulnerability or Rohingya Muslims and other minorities is a consequence of State policies and practices implemented over decades, steadily marginalising them. The result is a continuing situation of oppression from birth to death. Mr.…

41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations  Agenda Item-3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development 1 July 2019

Mr. President,           The promotion and protection of all human rights rest on foundation of the right to self-determination of the people. The drafters of the UN Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rightsand human rights covenants acknowledged this fact. Accordingly, right to self-determination has featured in all these inviolable documents of human rights. The people…

41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Debate on Item 3 1 July, 2019

Mr. President,             We deliver this statement on behalf of the OIC. The OIC is gravely concerned on the rise in Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism and racial discrimination around the world. Islamophobia is not only a violation in itself but also paves the way to violation of all other human rights. It manifests in the forms…

Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations First Right of Reply General Debate – Agenda Item 3 41th Session of the Human Rights Council 1 July 2019

  Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s Right of Reply. India’s rhetoric of lies is self-defeating. The Indian delegation must remember that in this time and age lies and disinformation is easily exposed. Right to self determination is not a concept being propagated by Pakistan as wrongly stated…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Special Rapporteur on SR on Internally Displaced Persons 28 June 2019

Mr. President,                At the outset, allow me to extend our appreciation to the Special Rapporteur for presentation of the two Reports. The focus of the report of SR on Extreme Poverty on the impact of climate change on human rights of people living in or near poverty is apt. Much of post-industrial economic growth…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Special Rapporteur on SR on Internally Displaced Persons 28 June 2019

Mr. President,                At the outset, allow me to extend our appreciation to the Special Rapporteur for presentation of the two Reports. The focus of the report of SR on Extreme Poverty on the impact of climate change on human rights of people living in or near poverty is apt. Much of post-industrial economic growth…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences,and Special Rapporteur on Trafficking 27 June 2019 Mr. President, We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for their insightful reports and presentations. We appreciate reflection of the Special Rapporteur (SR) on Violence…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Right to Education and Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions – 26 June 2019

  Mr. President,                We fully support the work of the Special Rapporteur on right to education and thank him for the presentation of his report. Weagree with the Special Rapporteur on critical importanceof Sustainable Development Goal four (inclusive and equitable quality education) and the need to work both nationally as well as internationally for…

41st SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive Dialogue with theWorking Group (WG) on Discrimination against Women and WG on Business an Human Rights – 26 June 2019

  Mr. President, We thank the Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Working Group on Business and Human Rights of their insightful reports and presentations. Pakistan is committed to upholding & safeguarding the rights of women. Cross-sectoral policies aimed at reducing gender inequalities, removing barriers to women participation, such as harassment at work place,…

PERMANENT MISSION OF PAKISTAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS 41th Session of the Human Rights Council General Debate – Agenda Item 2 First Right of Reply delivered by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary 25 June 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 bemuse. The nexus between Indian Security agencies, Hindutwapoliticians and the state-controlled media, spread fake news and disinformation to achieve parochial objectives. Theymislead their citizens, polarize their society on…

PERMANENT MISSION OF PAKISTAN TO THE UNITED NATIONS 41th Session of the Human Rights Council General Debate – Agenda Item 2 Second Right of Reply delivered by Qazi Saleem, First Secretary 25 June 2019

Mr. President, Pakistan is making this right of reply in response to India’s Right of Reply. We are amazed at the audacity of the Indian delegation to give sermon on the protection of minorities while persecuting them domestically and flouting its international human rights obligations. Unlike India, whose attacks on Pakistan are based on concocted…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Debate on the Report of the High Commissioner June 25, 2019

Mr. President,                On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for her report and the oral update. The OIC welcomesthe High Commissioner’s continued attention to the root causes of global human rights challenges, such as inequalities, deteriorating democratic values, ongoing and protracted conflicts, forceful displacement of millions of people, and racial and…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan – Agenda Item-2: Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights delivered by Ambassador Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan – 25 June 2019

Mr. President,             We thank the High Commissionerfor her report. She has rightly drawn our attention to the human rights violations due to statelessness, incitement to violence/hate speech, religious intolerance, inequalities, lack of social safety nets and impunity. This Council must adopt an even-handed and objective approach to mitigate these trends.           Last year,…

41stSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Health and Special Rapporteur on Leprosy 24 June 2019

Mr. President, We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for their insightful reports and presentations. The Special Rapporteur (SR) on Health has rightly pointed out that good mental health and well-being cannot be defined by the absence of a mental health condition, but rather must be defined by the social, psychosocial, political, economic and physical environment…

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 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.…

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 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 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.…