We thank the Special Rapporteur on independence of judiciary and lawyers for presentation of his report.
- We fully support the independence of judiciary and lawyers and consider it important for a functioning democracy. Pakistan’s constitution and its legal framework fully ensures the separation of powers of the executive, judiciary and legislature. The ‘Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary’ indicated in the report are embedded in our governance system.
- We recognize the diversity in models around the world to ensure independence of judiciary. Each judicial governing body originates from a legal system with distinct historical, cultural and social roots. They have their own specific roles in accordance with the specific problems that each country confronts. However, principles of the independence of the judiciary and division of powers between different branches of Government and responsibility to protect human rights are common denominators.
- The judiciary’s ability to protect and promote all Human Rights is predicated upon accountability mechanisms within judiciary and providing it with adequate financial and human resources.
- The report of the Working Group on transnational corporations and human rights has rightly elaborated the role of export credit agencies. A balanced approach is needed in our efforts to support the business activities of transnational corporations and protecting the rights of recipient States, and that of workers and consumers. Moreover, while devising strategies for trade and commerce, human rights and environment holistically, we must take into consideration the peculiar historical, cultural, developmental context and challenges as well. By working together with the private and business sector along with other stakeholders, we can find local solutions to many of the global problems.
I thankyou Mr. President.