39th SESSION 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 25 September 2018

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. Resolution 16/18 on “Combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against…

39th SESSION 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 25 September 2018

Mr. President, Pakistan wishes to reiterate its concerns on the upsurge of new and contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.           In the contemporary world, xenophobia, racism and anti-migrants policies pursued on the plank of populist platforms by mainstream political parties are on the rise. This new xenophobic political discourse and…

OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan General Debate – Agenda Item 8 Vienna Declaration and Program of Action 39th HRC Session (24 September 2018)

Mr. President, OIC reiterates that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated. The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA) had a special focus on the economic, social and cultural rights including right to development and the means of implementation through international cooperation. This holds true even more today while we discuss…

Pakistan’s statement delivered by Mr. Tahir Andrabi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva General Debate – Agenda Item 8 Vienna Declaration and Program of Action 39th HRC Session (24 September 2018)

Mr. President,           The aspirations for a rule based international order that underpins VDPA can be achieved and contemporary challenges addressed by adhering to the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.   By implementing the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA), the international community can reaffirm its commitment to the cause…

39th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate Item-7 – Human rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab territories Remarks by Pakistan 24 September 2018

Mr. President, Pakistan reaffirms the importance of this important Agenda Item – a discussion that reminds us that we as United Nations have failed to protect the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people of Palestine and those of the other occupied territories. During the past seventy years, they have been driven from…

39thSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate on Agenda Item 7 -Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan (24 September 2018)

Mr. President, The OIC Member States are extremely concerned to see that due to continued international paralysis, Israel, the Occupying Power, has persisted with its deliberate, systematic and gross violations in Occupied Palestine with total impunity.  It continues to relentlessly act as a State above the law and unbound by principles of international law. It…

39thSESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Interactive Dialogue – Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 Protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Agenda Item-7), OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan (24 September 2018)

Mr. President, At the outset the OIC would like to welcome the Commission of Inquiry to investigate in the events occurred in the context of mass protests in the OPT since 30 March and we thank them for the oral update provided to this Council. Mr. President, Since the protests began on 30 March, 187…

39th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Item-7 – Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Occupied Palestinian Territory, Remarks by Pakistan , 24 September 2018

Mr. President, Pakistan welcomes the members of the Commission on Inquiry to investigate in the events occurred in the context of mass protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 30 March and thanks them for their oral update. Pakistan condemns the arbitrary killing of more than 100 Palestinians including women and children by the Occupation…

Right of Reply by Pakistan in response to India’s ror General debate of Item 4 Delivered by Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary 39th Session of the Human Rights Council 18 September 2018

Mr. President, We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. Today’s India is neo-apartheid State on lines of caste and religion masquerading as a democracy. Indeed, we are all watching with dismay and concern the deliberate, systematic construction of a fascist hindutwa political order in India. Those who espouse…

Right of Reply by Pakistan in response to Indian’s ror – Interactive dialogue with the Working Groups on enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention Delivered by Mr. Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary 39th Session of the Human Rights Council 12 September 2018

Mr President, We are making this right of reply in response to the Right of Reply made by India. We are amazed at the Indian delegation’s persistence of fudging the facts and telling outright lies. Rather than answering to the concerns raised by the OHCHR in its Kashmir Report, India again resorted to its diversionary…

Right of Reply by Pakistan in response to India’s ror – general debate of item 2 delivered by Mr. Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary 39th Session of the Human Rights Council 14 September 2018

Mr President, We are making this right of reply in response to the Right of Reply made by India. Rather than answering to the concerns raised by the OHCHR in its Kashmir Report, India again resorted to its diversionary tactics of fudging the facts and telling outright lies. India’s first set of lies is about…

RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN IN RESPONSE TO INDIA’S ROR Delivered by Ms. Tehreem Bano, Assistant Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (Agenda Item 2) 11 September 2018

Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s statement. We regret that instead of introspection of its atrocities against the Kashmiri people, India has again resorted to baseless polemic and provocative rhetoric against Pakistan. We do not intend to engage in an altercation with India on domestic issues of…

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 Remarks by Pakistan for Panel Discussion on Rights of Indigenous People 19 September 2018

Mr. President,   We thank the panellists for their useful insight into this important subject. Pakistan believes that all people, including the indigenous people, have equal role to play in the nation building. The true realization of all human rights cannot be achieved without addressing their basic needs and development goals. As mentioned by the…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with SR on Right to Development and SR on Unilateral Coercive measures 13 September 2018

Mr. President,   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…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with Independent Expert on the rights of older persons and Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation 10 September 2018

Mr. President, We thank both the Independent Expert and the Special Rapporteur for their reports.   The Independent Expert has aptly highlighted the challenges in realizing the rights of older persons in different societies. These challenges vary: developed countries with broken down family system have their own challenges; developing countries where family system is intact…

Please Check against Delivery 39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Slavery and Independent Expert on promotion of a democratic and equitable International Order 10 September 2018

Mr. President, We thank both the Special Procedures for presentation of their reports.   We agree with the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of Slavery in concluding that the human rights situation of domestic workers, especially of migrant workers, is directly related to increasing globalization, macroeconomic policies which reinforce inequality and poverty, climate change and…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General debate on ITEM 6- Universal Periodic Review Statement on behalf of the OIC delivered by Pakistan (21 September 2018)

Mr. President, UPR mechanism is one of the successes of the Human Rights Council. It was established to promote the universality, interdependence, indivisibility and interrelatedness of all human rights and to ensure universal coverage and equal treatment of all states. The OIC member states strongly support this mechanism. The UPR mechanism has helped create a…

Pakistan’s statement General Debate – Agenda Item 5 (Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms) 39th HRC Session (19 September 2018)

Mr. President,                 The working of Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms must be guided by the principles of transparency, accountability, objectivity, impartiality, constructive dialogue and non politicization. These principles must mean something. These principles should be translated into quantifiable indicators. The OHCHR may share the steps taken during the last year to promote these principles…

OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan General Debate – Agenda Item 5 (Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms) 39th HRC Session (19 September 2018)

Mr. President, The OIC considers that equitable distribution of financial and human resources is critical for effective and unbiased discharge of the mandates of the Special Procedures as underscored in UNGA Resolution 65/281. The OIC reiterates that work of the Special Procedure Mandate Holders and treaty bodies should always be guided by the principles of…

28TH SPECIAL SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL , Remarks by Pakistan (18 May 2018)

Mr. President, Pakistan strongly condemns the merciless killing and injuries inflicted on innocent unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters by the occupying authorities. The indiscriminate and brutal use of force on demonstrators is truly appalling. It brings back the harrowing memories of Sharpeville and Soweto, something the world had consigned to the dustbin of history. Such savagery…

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC COOPERATION FOR 28TH SPECIAL SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Mr. President, We are delivering this statement on behalf of the OIC Member States. The OIC expresses its strong condemnation to the arbitrary killing of more than 100 Palestinians including women and children by the Israeli Occupation Forces. This disproportionate use of force by the Israel also resulted in severe injuries to thousands of Palestinian…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018  

  General Exchange of Views – 9 April 2018 (Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of PAKISTAN)   Mr. Chairman,   I would like to begin by congratulating you on your re-appointment as the Chairman of this Group of Governmental Experts and assuring you of my delegation’s full support and cooperation. We thank you…

OIC Statement delivered by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the 27th Session of HRC on the Human Rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Rakhine State of Myanmar

OIC Statement delivered by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the 27th Session of HRC on the Human Rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Rakhine State of Myanmar   Mr. President,       On behalf of OIC Member States, let me at the outset thank the Council for convening this Special Session…

MESSAGE OF PRIME MINISTER OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN MR. SHAHID KHAQAN ABBASI ON 70TH INDEPENDENCE DAY, 14TH AUGUST, 2017

The independence that we achieved seventy years ago was an outcome of the unparalleled sacrifices made by our ancestors. Millions of Muslims rendered sacrifices for our as well as the future of the posterity. Today we are treading the path of prosperity and progress in a peaceful and dignified country because of those sacrifices. We…

Message from Mr. Mamnoon Hussain President Islamic Republic of Pakistan (For the Nation on the occasion of Independence Day, 14th August, 2017)

Happy Independence Day to all my fellow citizens! While we happily hoist the national flag today we need to reiterate our strong resolve to always uphold the values of determination and dedication for the objective of development of Pakistan. Seventy years ago while struggling for freedom our elders had resolved that this nation through constant…