UNHRC must intervene in Pakistan: Human rights group

November 14th, 2007 - 10:16 am ICT by admin  
The six groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Organisation Against Torture said in a joint letter that the UN Human Rights Council should hold Pakistan to account.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Asma Jehangir, a Pakistani national, is among leading judges and lawyers who were placed under house arrest after President Pervez Musharraf imposed an emergency, UN officials said.

Jehangir and Hina Jilani were appointed by the 47-state council as the United Nations special representative on human rights.

Jilani is currently out of her home country but faces a similar detention order if she returns, according to the human rights groups.

Action restricting or preventing the council’s mandate holders from discharging their responsibilities is intolerable under any circumstances, they said in the letter to the council president Doru Costea.

Pakistan should be required to lift restrictions on Jahangir and Jilani so that they are able to continue their work under their mandates from the council without pressure, threat or interference, human rights group added.

Pakistan is a member of the council, which was set up last year in an attempt to improve on its much criticised predecessor body, the commission, The News reported.

Member states, which are elected by the UN General Assembly, are required to uphold the highest standards in human rights under the UN Council’s stricter rules and to fully cooperate with the body.

Pakistan on Wednesday dismissed unwarranted and excessive foreign criticism of the state of emergency and called on the international community to show understanding. (ANI)

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