April 17, 2008 - Press Release

Pakistan makes tangible progress in fulfilling its pledges to promote and protect human rights in accordance with international law

United Nations, 17 April, 2008: Pakistan today ratified International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR) and signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) as well as Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). In a brief ceremony at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Pakistanís Permanent Representative, Ambassador Munir Akram, signed the Conventions on behalf of the Government of Pakistan.

The ratification and signatures of these three core UN human rights instruments is a significant step forward by Pakistan in fulfilling its pledges and commitment to promote human rights of the people of Pakistan in accordance with international human rights law.

Pakistan is already a party to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and to the core ILO Conventions 100, 138, 182 and 111.

Joining the main international human rights instruments reflects the commitment of the democratic government to promote human rights in Pakistan, including the rights of women, children, minorities and the unprivileged.

The ratification of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights commits the government to ensure the full realization of the economic, social and cultural rights of the people of Pakistan enshrined in the Covenant including the elimination of economic injustice and poverty.

Signature of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the Convention against Torture reflects the Pakistan Governmentís renewed commitment to promote civil and political rights of its people and to protect them from inhuman and degrading treatment in accordance with internationally recognized legal standards. They also demonstrate the resolve of the Government to strengthen democracy and create a just society which is free of suffering and deprivation.