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GENEVA (2 October 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* today reiterated their call on Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and urgently investigate all cases where uncertain age determination processes have led to sentencing of children to death. It is estimated that 8,300 persons are currently on death row in Pakistan, hundreds of them were reportedly sentenced for offences committed as children.
GENEVA (14 August 2014) – Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern at the situation of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka who are being detained and forcefully deported to Pakistan without an adequate assessment of their asylum claims.
“States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” stressed the UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.
GENEVA (2 June 2014) – Three United Nations experts on freedom of religion, minority issues, and summary executions today call on Pakistan to adopt urgent measures to stop faith-based killings and ensure the security of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is outlawed in the country.
Human Rights Council Twenty-fifth session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
This is the third annual report submitted to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson.
GENEVA / ISLAMABAD (28 March 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDP), Chaloka Beyani, today condemned the vicious attack on Pakistan’s largest IDP camp, and called for better protection for humanitarian facilities. Mr. Beyani also urged the Pakistani authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible.
ISLAMABAD (15 March 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson, held three days of meetings in Islamabad, Pakistan, between 11 and 13 March 2013. The meetings were held in connection with the independent expert’s ongoing study into the civilian impact of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing in the context of counter-terrorism operations. Mr. Emmerson issued the following statement* at the end of his meetings:
At the invitation of the Government of Pakistan, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances visited the country from 10 to 20 September 2012. The Working Group was represented by two of its members: the Chair person - Rapporteur, Olivier de Frouville and Osman El - Hajjé.
The Working Group wishes to than k the Government of Pakistan for its invitation to visit the country and encourages it to invite other special procedures mandate holders in the near future to visit Pakistan.
GENEVA (12 October 2012) – A group of United Nations independent experts on rights defenders, summary executions, freedom of expression and education today urged the Government of Pakistan to make every effort to ensure that school children, and particularly girls, are protected throughout all of Pakistan, and to ensure that extremist groups do not restrict the ability of ordinary Pakistanis to realize their human rights.
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16 October 2012
The fourteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will be held in Geneva from 22 October to 5 November during which the next group of 14 States will have their human rights records examined under this mechanism.
ISLAMABAD (20 September 2012) – The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances welcomed today “the declared will of the Government of Pakistan to tackle the issue of enforced disappearances,” but noted that “serious challenges remain.”
GENEVA (18 July 2012) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo has stated that the recent killing of Fareeda Afridi, a human rights defender in Pakistan, of Hanifa Safi, a provincial head of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan, as well as the public execution of Najiba, a woman accused of adultery in Afghanistan, “are tragic reminders that gender related killings of women are a global and increasing concern.”
ISLAMABAD (29 May 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, welcomed today the recent years’ democratic developments in Pakistan, but urged the Government to address the many challenges remaining regarding the independence of the judicial system.
GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, will conduct a visit to Pakistan from 19 to 29 May 2012 to gather first-hand information and identify general trends in respect of the independence of judges and lawyers in the country.
GENEVA (2 March 2012) – Three United Nations human rights experts in minority rights, freedom of religion and belief, and extrajudicial executions today urged the Government of Pakistan to respond decisively to end sectarian violence and improve the security of religious minorities, following the second group targeted killing in the space of two weeks.
On 28 February an attack on a bus in Kohistan in northern Pakistan, allegedly by individuals in military fatigues, left at least 18 Shia Muslims dead.
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23 September 2011
The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its general debate on the Universal Periodic Review and its general debate on human rights situations which require the Council’s attention.
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President of Council Appoints Members of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Alleged Violations of Human Rights Law in Syria
The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its general debate and heard an address by Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict. The President of the Council also announced the appointment of members of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged violations of human rights law in Syria.
Human Rights Council
30 May 2011
Council Holds General Debate
The Human Rights Council this morning opened its seventeenth regular session, hearing an address by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in which she updated the Council on her Office’s activities and then holding a general debate.