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 right to development by all cannot and MUST not be allowed to be constricted by the limited ability of states, particularly developing countries, to provide enabling environment conducive for its achievement. Therefore, the international community has to stand united for an inclusive development process that neither ostracizes anyone nor is at the expense of anyone.
Ensuring that no one is left behind requires a dedicated focus on the equal distribution of wealth and resources. The widening disparities of today’s world require the adoption of sound national and international policies to empower the bottom percentile of income earners and promote inclusion of all Right to Development (R2D) ensures freedom from poverty which is a core Human Right.
We would like the Special Rapporteur on Right to Development to elaborate on his recommendations to the steps necessary to effectively reduce inequalities within and among countries?
Unilateral coercive measures in a given situation must be by objective evaluation of their human rights and humanitarian impact. Unilateral coercive measures affect lives and livelihood by damaging the economy, peace, security and social fabric. Unilateral coercive measures in the form of sanctions target ordinary people more than the regimes against which they are intended. Creation of a mechanism for provision of appropriate compensation to the victims is therefore important.
I thank you.