Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on rights of minorities (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 14 March 2018

  Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur for presentation of his report and reaffirm our support for his mandate. We support the four thematic priorities set forth by Special Rapporteur in his report for his work. There can be no two opinions regarding the adverse impact of statelessness and the denial of citizenship right…

37TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – OIC Statement delivered by Pakistan during the General Debate of Item 4 -14 March 2018

Mr. President,           OIC group strongly pays its homage to the teenage Palestinian Human Rights activist, the brave Ahed Tamimi who raised her voice against the occupation forces and strongly condemns her illegal and highly deplorable military trial. This Council cannot remain silent over the trial and persecution of a teenage girl. A similar plight is…

RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN – 37th Session of the Human Rights Council – 14 March, 2018

  Mr. President, The Indian delegation has once again resorted to misleading this Council, falsifying history and maligning my country through a series of lies and factual inaccuracies. The first such blatant lie is that Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory, as marked clearly in all United…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland at the Human Rights Council Agenda Item 4: Human Rights situations that require Council’s attention (Geneva, 14 March 2018)

    Mr. President, On human rights situation that require Council’s attention, we are concerned with the growing scale of xenophobia, racial discrimination and anti Muslim sentiments created by extremist political parties and their leaders who deliberately target the weak, the marginalized and the excluded. The effects of this phenomenon on the global human rights…

OIC Statement under general debate Agenda item 3 delivered by Permanent Representative of Pakistan Farukh Amil on behalf of OIC (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 9 March 2018

  Mr. President,    OIC member States would reiterate their principled position that all human rights and regions should be treated on equal footing with equal attention. We have been advocating for non-politicization of the Council where discussions take place in a constructive, non- confrontationist, objective and non-selective manner. These desirable objectives cannot be fulfilled without…

Statement by Pakistan Delivered by Permanent Representative Farukh Amil General Debate (agenda item 3) 37th Session of the Human Rights Council 9 March 2018

  Mr. President, The right to self-determination is a bedrock principle of the international order. And, it is a principle that is enshrined in the foundational documents of the international community- ranging from the UN Charter, to the two International Covenants. Without this right, all other rights become an illusion. The Council, the Committees, the…

Statement by Mr. Tahir Andrabi,   Pakistan Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, on agenda Item-2: ID with High Commissioner 37th Session of the HRC (Geneva, 08 March 2018)

  Mr. President,               We thank the High Commissioner for his report.       Pakistan shares the concern of the High Commissioner on continuing conflicts and crises across the global with serious human rights and humanitarian consequences. This Council and OHCHR must advocate and work towards permanent and peaceful settlement of such conflicts, thereby…

Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Agenda Item-2: of ID with High Commissioner delivered by OIC Coordinator, Ambassador Farukh Amil,  Permanent Representative of Pakistan 37th Session of the HRC (Geneva, 08 March 2018)

  Mr. President,               On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for his report and the interactive dialogue.   We, in the OIC, are deeply concerned that ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises have compounded in the last one year. Armed interventions and unsettled disputes continue to jeopardize peace and security with…

Statement by Mr. Tahir Andrabi,   Pakistan Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, on agenda Item-2: ID with High Commissioner 37th Session of the HRC (Geneva, 08 March 2018)

    Mr. President,               We thank the High Commissioner for his report.       Pakistan shares the concern of the High Commissioner on continuing conflicts and crises across the global with serious human rights and humanitarian consequences. This Council and OHCHR must advocate and work towards permanent and peaceful settlement of such conflicts,…

Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Agenda Item-2: of ID with High Commissioner delivered by OIC Coordinator, Ambassador Farukh Amil,  Permanent Representative of Pakistan 37th Session of the HRC (Geneva, 08 March 2018)

  Mr. President,               On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for his report and the interactive dialogue.   We, in the OIC, are deeply concerned that ongoing conflicts and humanitarian crises have compounded in the last one year. Armed interventions and unsettled disputes continue to jeopardize peace and security with…

RIGHT OF REPLY BY PAKISTAN 37th Session of the Human Rights Council 8 March 2018

  Mr. President,           We are making this right of reply in response to India’s right of reply. India continues obfuscation of facts and twisting of historical realities. How can India claim Kashmir to be part of India in the Council when it is recognized as an international dispute by the UN Security Council resolutions…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Panel discussion on the rights of persons with disabilities (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 7 March 2018

  Mr. President, We appreciate the insightful interventions of the panellists which focus on provision of different forms of rights-based support and assistance for persons with disabilities, in consultation with them. Persons with disabilities have every right to act as productive and important citizen of the society and States must provide persons with disabilities access…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on persons with disabilities and Independent Expert on Albinism (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 6 March 2018

  Mr. President, We appreciate the 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. Pakistan signed the UN Convention for the Rights of…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 6 March 2018

  Mr President,           We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for the presentation of their reports. We value mandate and work of the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children and appreciate his report. Commercial international surrogacy practices rightly highlighted in the report of the Special Rapporteur are of serious concern and…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and armed conflict and violence against children (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 6 March 2018

  Mr. President,           We thank the Special Representative for the presentation of his reports and consider his work important in the protection of fundamental rights of children. The children are our future. We cannot and must not allow any harm to them. The UNICEF report “A familiar face: violence in the lives of children…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 2 March 2018

  Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief for presentation of his report. Pakistan is a country with diverse cultural, religious and social heritage. For us, respecting and promoting freedom of religion or belief is not only a duty to our citizens as a functioning democracy; it is also…

37TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Environment and Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food – 2 March 2018

Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment and Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food for presenting their annual reports. We appreciate the Special Rapporteur for highlighting the vulnerability of children to climate change. Childhood exposure…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of punishment (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 1 March 2018

  Mr. President,           While mentioning human rights defenders this session, we consider it necessary for us to pay tribute to a distinguished citizen of Pakistan (Late) Ms. Asma Jahangir who past away this month. Pakistan being an open progressive democratic country with strong democratic values and institutions. We value the protection of basic human…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on terrorism and Special Rapporteur on cultural rights (37th Session of Human Rights Council) 1 March 2018

  Mr. President, Terrorism is the evil that has affected the lives of billions of people across the world. It has destroyed the socio-economic fabric in and caused a lot of suffering to innocent people. Pakistan suffered immensely at the hands of terrorists and extremism. A robust action by our security forces backed by the…

37TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing – 28 February 2018

  Mr. President, 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 on Adequate Housing for presenting their annual reports. We acknowledge the challenges highlighted by the…

Statement by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, at the High Level Segment of the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council (Geneva – February 2018)

Mr President Excellencies Distinguished delegates   Assalaam-alaikum, good morning and bon jour!     It is an honour and privilege to address this august Council.   As Pakistan commences its three-year term as member of the Human Rights Council, this session holds special significance for our delegation. It marks our return to the Council as…

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…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan on behalf of OIC during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people and the Expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous people – (36th Session of Human Rights Council) – 19 September2017

Mr. President, On behalf of OIC member States, we would like to thank the Special Rapporteur and the Expert mechanism for presentation of their reports. OIC has always campaigned for the equal treatment for all human beings and giving equal importance to all human rights. Islam is a religion of peace and had advocated fourteen…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people and the Expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous people – (36th Session of Human Rights Council) – 19 September2017

Mr. President, We thank both the Special Rapporteur as well as the Expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous people for the presentation of their reports. We consider that all basic human rights are inalienable, indivisible and interdependent and must be equally guaranteed for all for ensuring ‘Human Dignity’. The constitution of Pakistan guarantees fundamental…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan under general debate Agenda item 4 (36th Session of Human Rights Council) 19 September 2017

Mr. Vice President,      Does the Human Rights Council even care what is going n in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir? Will it remain a silent spectator, just to hear speeches? Fortunately not all are silent. Some have spines. Even Indian Human Rights activists are appalled. Aakar Patel at ‘Losing Sight in Kashmir’ said: “True, denial of…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan on behalf of OIC under general debate Agenda item 4 (36th Session of Human Rights Council) 19 September 2017

Mr. President,    On behalf of OIC Member States, I want to bring to the attention of the Council Human Rights situations of serious concern for the group, many of which have already been highlighted by the group in its statements in the general debates of Agenda Items 2 and 3. OIC would reiterate that ‘Islamophobia’…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan on behalf of OIC under general debate Agenda item 3 – (36th Session of Human Rights Council) – 15 September 2017

Mr. President, On behalf of OIC member States we would like to express our unequivocal conviction that all human rights should be treated globally in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing and with the same emphasis. 2. We hope that development-based approach is integrated in the work of the OHCHR, since it…

National Statement by Pakistan Biennial Panel Discussion on Unilateral Coercive Measures and Human Rights – 36TH HRC SESSION – (14 September 2017)

Mr. President, Pakistan believes that every exercise of power, political or economic, which affects people’s lives must be subject to democratic controls and compatible with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. This is essential for establishing democratic and equitable international order. 2. Unilateral coercive measures in the form of sanctions…