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Pakistan to face review by UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination

GENEVA (11 August 2016) – Pakistan’s record on tackling racial discrimination will face scrutiny by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) on 16 and 17 August. Pakistan is one of the 177 States that have ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and so is reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 international independent experts. 

Among the possible issues for discussion between CERD members and a delegation from the Pakistani Government are:

  • Measures to ensure all people enjoy right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion without discrimination based on race, colour, descent or ethnic origin;
  • Protection of human rights defenders, particularly those working on racial discrimination issues;
  • Steps to address abuse of blasphemy laws against religious and ethnic minorities;
  • Investigation and prosecution of violence in Baluchistan;
  • Measures to ensure members of ethnic minorities not adversely affected by anti-terrorism laws;
  • Measures to abolish bonded labour;
  • Legislation to prohibit caste-based discrimination, steps to address poor living conditions of Dalits;
  • Situation of indigenous peoples.

The review will take place on 16 August from 15:00 to 18:00 (18:00 to 21:00 in Pakistan) and on 17 August from 10:00 to 13:00 (13:00 to 16:00) in Palais Wilson in Geneva, and will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/

The Committee will also hear from other UN entities and NGOs. More information here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1073&Lang=en

The Committee will hold a news conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva at 13:30 on 26 August to discuss its findings on Pakistan and the other countries being reviewed – Greece, the UK, Paraguay, Lebanon, Ukraine, South Africa and Sri Lanka. The findings, officially termed concluding observations, will be published here:  http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1073&Lang=en


For more information and media requests, please contact Liz Throssell - +41 22 917 9466 / ethrossell@ohchr.org

Media accreditation for the Palais des Nations:   http://unog.ch/80256EDD006B9C2E/(httpPages)/70991F6887C73B2280256EE700379C58?OpenDocument


Members of CERD are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. More information on the Committee: http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cerd/pages/cerdindex.aspx

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965. More information on the Convention’s 50th anniversary here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CERD/50/Pages/Icerd50.aspx

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