Pakistan’s Human Rights Record Examined by UPR

OHCHR

Pakistan’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time on Monday 30 January, in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Pakistan is one of the States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session from 23 January to 3 February. Pakistan’s first, second and third UPR reviews took place in May 2008, October 2012 and November 2017, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based re: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations, and civil society groups.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Pakistan on 30 January can be found here.

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Time and date: 9:00-12:30, Monday, 30 January 2023 (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed thrice within the first, second and third UPR cycles. During the fourth UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous review,s which they committed to follow up on, and highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The delegation of Pakistan will be led by Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Pakistan are Gambia, Nepal and Argentina.

The webcast of the session will be at https://media.un.org/en/search/categories/meetings-events/human-rights-council

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Pakistan will be posted on the UPR Extranet.

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Pakistan at 15.30 on 1 February. The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during its review.

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