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Pakistan: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 536, tabled on 11 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the Pakistani Government to appoint a new leader of Pakistan's National Commission for Human Rights since the ruling of the Islamabad High Court accusing the Pakistani Government of deliberately obstructing the Commission by leaving it leaderless.

Answered on

19 May 2021

The UK Government is committed to promoting human rights in Pakistan and around the globe. We regularly urge the government of Pakistan at a senior level to guarantee the rights of all people in Pakistan as laid down in the Constitution of Pakistan and in accordance with international standards. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for South Asia, responsible for human rights, raised our human rights concerns with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, Dr Shireen Mazari, on 20 February 2021.

We will continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to take the steps necessary to comply in full with its human rights obligations. This includes ensuring the effective operation of institutional human rights structures and processes.