Pakistan’s Engagement at the 33rd Session of Human Rights Council

By Wipada Panichpathom, FORUM-ASIA

The human rights situation in Balochistan province in Pakistan received attention at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council. Pakistan was very active at this session despite the fact that it no longer is a voting member. It made 25 statements throughout the three-week session.

In terms of resolutions, the delegation of Pakistan did not co-sponsor any resolutions, unlike in the preceding session.

Other than Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan spoke on unilateral coercive measures, safe drinking water and sanitation, human rights education and training, rights of elder persons, enforced disappearances, contemporary forms of slavery, hazardous substances and wastes and issues on Palestine and occupied Arab territories. It also spoke at several UPR adoptions.

Pakistan made a number of individual statements with regard to the issue of Jammu-Kashmir in the general debates of Items 2, 3, and 4. This resulted in a ‘naming and shaming’ dialogue between Pakistan and India throughout the session.

Several NGOs, highlighted the situation in of Balochistan. Other issues that were brought up include arbitrary arrests, honor killings, rapes, forced conversion, enforced disappearances, and targeted killings of numerous people.