Geneva/UN: Pakistan made a Laughing Stock on its Rights Statement

PAKISTAN: The stereo-type statement of the foreign minister during the UN UPR made her a laughing stock

Asian Commission of Human Rights Commission: Contributors: Zulfiqar Halepoto

Introduction:
In the second round of the 14th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the foreign minister of Pakistan, Ms Hina Rabbani Khar presented Pakistan’s national report on promotion and protection and mentioned that Pakistan staunchly supported the promotion and application of human rights universally. She added that establishing the National Commission on Human Rights and passing bills for women and children rights was a remarkable move made by the government.

Government of Pakistan’s Stand:
Pakistan’s foreign minister Ms. HRK concludes her 54 bullet point speech with the following passage. “We are mindful that the promotion and protection of human rights is a continuous process that must be reinforced by strengthening democratic institutions with the support of civil society and media. At the same time, we are also aware of the challenges that we face in the realm of human rights. But these challenges are not due to discriminatory government policies or lack of commitment to protect and uphold human rights. The government and people of Pakistan remain committed to democracy, freedom, justice and the rule of law. We remain committed also to vigorously protecting and promoting human rights of our people as well as fulfilling our all international obligations including on human rights.”

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  1. I cannot help but to remember in 1982 (or so) when the question of the Ahmadiyya Ordinances came in front of the same Human Rights Council it was the Americans who sabotaged discussion on it. (As they ‘needed’ Pakistan’s support on Afghanistan at the time (also)).

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