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 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (25 July 2018)

Mr. President, Pakistan views all human rights as equal and indivisible, to be treated with similar attention and emphasis. The Right to self determination is enshrined in the foundational documents of the international community – the UN Charter and other International Covenants. Without this right, all other rights are illusory.  In the last seven decades,…

RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN IN RESPONSE TO INDIA’S RIGHT OF REPLY – 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (Agenda Item 3) – Delivered by Ms. Murk Aijaz 25 June 2018

  Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s statement. It is regrettable that India has once again resorted to baseless rhetoric against Pakistan. Such accusations cannot hide India’s crimes against humanity in Kashmir, or prevent Pakistan from voicing its support for Kashmiri people. India cannot unilaterally alter that…

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” (38th Session of Human Rights Council) 25 June 2018

  Mr. President, OIC Member States reiterate their principled position that all human rights are equal and should be treated with similar focus and attention. The OIC has always advocated non-politicization of the Council where discussions take place in a constructive, non- confrontationist, objective and non-selective manner. The nation of selectivity among human rights and…

SECOND RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN IN RESPONSE TO INDIA’S SECOND RIGHT OF REPLY – 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (Agenda Item 3) – Delivered by Ms. Murk Aijaz 25 June 2018

  Mr. President, We regret that the Indian Delegation has followed a predictable pattern of its response against Pakistan, which it had already repeated ad nauseam. The OHCHR report on Kashmir needs earnest follow up. India should implement its recommendation, including the Commission of Inquiry, as an opportunity to prove its charges against Pakistan and…

38TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with SR on Extreme Poverty and SR Internally Displaced Persons – 22 June 2018

Mr. President,   The Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty has adequately highlighted the challenges faced by the countries who receive IMF support. These difficulties are particularly visible while they struggle to navigate through the narrow fiscal space for implementation of their policies for social protection and economic empowerment of their peoples. Mr. President, We agree…

38th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on transnational corporations and the Special Rapporteur on independence of judiciary and lawyers, 22 June 2018

  Mr. President,           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.…

38th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Panel Discussion on impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organizations in digital spaces – 21 June 2018

Mr. President,           We thank the panellists for sharing their insights and consider the particular focus on women human rights defenders as apt and relevant. From the outset let us condemn any acts intimidation or harassment against human rights defenders especially women both online and offline. With the dawn of social media and advancements in…

38th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan Panel Discussion on Advancing women’s rights through access and participation in information and communication technologies (ICTs) – 21 June 2018

Mr. President,           We support the theme of the panel and thank the panellists for their insights. Real progress in all fields’ especially socio-economic development is not possible without the active and equal participation of women. Women’s meaningful participation warrants emancipation, economic independence and empowerment. Information and communication technologies have opened new horizons of opportunities…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council under Agenda Item 2: “Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General” (19 June 2018)

   Mr. President,             At the outset, the delegation of Pakistan wishes to thank High Commissioner ZeidRa’ad Al Hussain for his presentationyesterday and appreciate his leadership of the OHCHR. As his mandate comes comes to an end, we join other Member and Observer States of this Council to offer our best wishes to him…

RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN IN RESPONSE TO INDIA’S RIGHT OF REPLY – 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (Agenda Item 2) – Delivered by Ms. Murk Aijaz – 19 June 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 unrequited rhetoric against Pakistan. Without reciprocating in kind, Pakistan wishes to remind India of the following undeniable facts:…

38th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on summary executions and Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression – 19 June 2018

  Mr. President, We have taken a note of the report of the Special Rapporteur (SR) on freedom of expression and his presentation today. We value the important theme of his mandate. Freedom of Expression is near to our heart. As a functioning democracy with thriving print and electronic media, free and independent media is…

Statement by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council under Agenda Item 2: “Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General” (19 June 2018)

Mr. President,   The OIC thanks High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein for his presentation. We acknowledge his able stewardship of the OHCHR and wish him well in his future endeavours.   The OIC supports efforts for protection and promotion of all human rights, based on the principles of universality, impartiality, non-selectivity and transparency. The…

38TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Health and Special Rapporteur on Leprosy – 18 June 2018

  Mr. President, We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for their insightful reports and presentations. The Special Rapporteur (SR) on Health has rightly highlighted the challenges in realization of right to health including those people under detention. Safeguarding the right to Health of the incarcerated is a challenging task especially for the resource constrained developing…

38th SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan – Clustered Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on right to education and Special Rapporteur on international solidarity – 18 June 2018

Mr. President,           We fully support the work of the Special Rapporteur on right to education and thank him for the presentation of his report. Education is the single most important enabler for the promotion and protection of all other human rights especially in the case of vulnerable segments of the society. We need to…