State of Human Rights in 2018 – Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Annual Report: March 2019
Pakistan and international human rights mechanisms:
Pakistan has affirmed in its election pledge to the Human Righ Council that it is ‘firmly resolved to uphold, promote and safeguard universal human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.’
- HRCP expressed concern that Pakistan had chosen to only ‘note’ key human rights principles including, among others, the reporting of investigation and prosecution of security forces that commit human rights violations; amending discriminatory laws against marginalised groups, taking effective measures to prevent the abuse of blasphemy legislation, and the use of violence against religious minorities.
- Requests for country visits from UN Special Rapporteurs on extrajudicial executions; the situation of human rights defenders; the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism; freedom of religion or belief; and torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, remain pending.
- Pakistan has ratified the eight ILO fundamental conventions but never fully applied them.