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I hope that you would include the massive human rights violations being carried out as a matter of state policy by India in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) and by Israel in Palestine: Shireen Mazari

By Ukasha Mughal

LAHORE: (August 28, 2018): Human Right Minister Shireen Mazari responds to a letter on Tuesdayby Human Rights Watch (HRW) Asia director Mrs. Brad Adams to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dr Shireen Mazari explained PTI government are committed to ensuring the human rights guaranteed to all Pakistani citizens under the Constitution.

An outline of the letter to HRW Asia Director Brad Adams is, “Reference your letter to our prime minister. Let me make it clear that the PM and the government are committed to ensuring the human rights guaranteed to all Pakistani citizens under the Constitution. In this context, we are well aware of the need to effectively enforce the laws regarding the enforcement of human rights of all our citizens as well as the need to bring our national laws in alignment with our international legal commitments through the international treaties we have ratified. Our government is committed to ensuring the fulfillment of all our international legal obligations”.

The minister stressed upon in a reply to HRW,

since you mentioned that you monitor human rights violations in over 90 countries, I hope that you would also raise your voice against a massive human rights violation, carried out in Indian-Held Kashmir, Palestine and in some European States against Muslims citizens I may have missed your monitoring reports on these so would appreciate if you could refresh my memory.

“We will do all this because we believe in fulfilling our constitutional obligations and we certainly do not need to be informed or reminded of our human rights agenda. My Ministry is already moving forward with a holistic action plan. We know the prevailing shortcomings in ensuring human rights of all our citizens and are working towards overcoming them”, she added.

She further said “I hope your organization, HRW, will take up the issue of the violation of human rights by some European states against their Muslim citizens in the form of curtailing their right to practice their religion freely and in the form of abuse of Islam and Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), in direct contravention of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights & Fundamental Freedoms. Since HRW claims to monitor human rights across the world, I would like to be informed on how you are ensuring the rights of Muslim citizens to have their mosques and be able to dress and practice their religion freely and without ridicule in European states”. She added,

We will always welcome positive suggestions and inputs which can help further our government’s human rights agenda as we have many challenges confronting us; but a non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) institutional credibility will rest on its commitment to ensuring human rights across the globe not just in selective states.

Freedom of expression and attacks on civil society; freedom of religion and belief; violence against women and girls; access to education; restoring moratorium on death penalty; and terrorism and counter-terrorism abuses.” These are six key areas that witch HRW wants the government to focus. But Human Right Minister of Pakistan replied very bravely and picked up very important points.

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