Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Venezuela (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President, We welcome the delegation of Venezuela and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations. We commend the Government of Venezuela for accepting majority of the recommendations, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We welcome the incorporation of human rights approach in all public policies by Venezuela. We wish…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Uganda (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President, We welcome the delegation of Uganda and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations. We commend the Government of Uganda for accepting majority of the recommendations including ours, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We appreciate the development of National Action Plan on Human Rights. We welcome the…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Timor Leste (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President, We welcome the delegation of Timor Leste and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations. We commend the Government of Timor Leste for accepting majority of the recommendations including ours, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We welcome the establishment of the National Directive Commission to develop a…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of Syrian Arab Republic (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President, We welcome the delegation of Syrian Arab Republic and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations. We commend the Government of Syria for accepting majority of the recommendations including ours, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We aspire that Syria Arab Republic would continue implementing UPR recommendations. We…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States, Panel discussion on Climate Change and the Rights of Child 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 2 March 2016

Mr. President, Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states. Climate Change is a serious challenge, we face today. It disproportionately affects the most vulnerable segments especially the poor and disadvantaged children, especially in developing countries.  The article 3.1 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enunciates the responsibility of…

Comments by Pakistan Agenda Item 7 General Debate 34th HRC Session (20 March, 2017)

Mr. President, Pakistan aligns itself with the statement made by OIC. The debate under item 7 reminds us about our collective failures as United Nations. It reflects upon our failure to protect the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of Palestinian people and those in the occupied Syrian Golan. It shows that colonialism and apartheid…

Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Member States- Clustered ID: Special Rapporteur on Persons with Disabilities and Independent Expert on Albinism 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (3 March 2017)

  Mr. President, I am making this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We have taken note of the reports of the Special Rapporteur on Persons with Disabilities and Independent Expert on Albinism. The OIC attaches great importance to the rights of person with disabilities and has addressed it in its various declarations and…

Statement by Pakistan at the adoption of UPR of South Sudan (34th Session of UPR) 16 March 2017

Mr. President, We welcome the delegation of South Sudan and thank them for presenting update on the accepted recommendations. We commend the Government of South Sudan for accepting majority of the recommendations including ours, which were made during the UPR Working Group Session. We welcome the promulgation of the Transitional Constitution. We wish South Sudan…

Right of Reply by Pakistan-34th Session of Human Rights Council, Agenda Item 3, 10 March 2017

Some things never change. And that is the case with India’s persistent denial, obfuscation and muddling of facts. It is an undeniable fact that India has unleashed a reign of terror in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is far from normal. More than 700,000 Indian soldiers are operating with…

Right of Reply by Pakistan-Agenda Item 4- 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

Mr. President, India would do well to stop the mindless reaction of blaming Pakistan for everything from spy pigeons to anything that goes wrong in India. India’s baseless allegations are in line with their policy of interfering in the internal affairs of neighbouring countries and flouting international norms governing inter-state relations. Indian interference in Pakistan…

Right of Reply by Pakistan-Agenda item 2- 34th Session of the Human Rights Council March 2017

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to the statement made by Indian delegation and their right of reply to our statement. I must acknowledge the Indian delegation’s consistency. They consistently peddle the most absurd arguments in an effort to distract attention from their reprehensible human rights record. Lets take their…

Remarks by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC Clustered ID: Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing 34th Session of the Human Rights Council 1 March 2016

Mr. President,   I am making these remarks on behalf of the Member States of the OIC.   We thank the Independent Expert on the affects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights and the Special Rapporteur…

Remarks by Mr. Aamar Aftab, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the Presentation of the Annual Report of the High Commissioner (34th Session of Human Rights Council) 9 March 2017

Mr. President,   We thank the High Commissioner for his update.   Mr. President,   The High Commissioner’s concern on the dire situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is absolutely justified. The High Commissioner is equally justified in demanding immediate access to Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.   Let me state unequivocally that Pakistan…

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…