Thursday, August 18, 2011

Human rights: Pakistan risks losing UNHRC membership

ISLAMABAD: Failing to submit a mandatory report on the Covenants against Torture (CAT) to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the stipulated deadline of July 23, Pakistan is likely to lose its UNHRC membership.
Islamabad seeks re-election as member of the 47 states of the UN body as its current term expires in 2012, a Foreign Office senior official informed a parliamentary panel on Tuesday. The UNHRC elections will be held in May next year for the third term. “It is difficult to represent the UNHRC without submitting an obligatory report on CAT,” he informed the panel.

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