During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
SR on extrajudicial executions, 2000
Received Sub-Committee visit
Pakistan tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015 on 28 September 2012.
The document presented by Pakistan provides a comprehensive summary of its constitutional framework, relevant legislation, relevant national commissions, and its ratification of seven of the nine core international human rights treaties. The document also outlines Pakistan’s commitment to and active role in the UN human rights machinery, including as a founding member of the Council and coordinator of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
In terms of future commitments, Pakistan pledges to: enhance human rights education and training domestically; strengthen the implementation of international conventions to which it is Party; cooperate with civil society; play an active role in both the normative and operational work of the Council; participate fully in the UPR of Pakistan and of other countries; engage constructively and cooperate with Special Procedures; promote dialogue and cooperation in addressing ‘situations of concern’ in the Council; and help strengthen the OHCHR and its independence.
An analysis of steps taken by Pakistan in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that Pakistan has now ratified nearly all the core international human rights treaties. However, in terms of cooperation with the Treaty Bodies, Pakistan’s periodic reports tend to be overdue. Regarding Pakistan’s participation at the Council, it has spoken in around 25-30% of panel discussions and general debates, (though it speaks in many more as coordinator of the OIC). Turning to cooperation with Special Procedures, Pakistan responded to 60% of all communications received, but has only facilitated 3 out of 16 visit requests. Regarding its own UPR, Pakistan participated at ministerial level. Pakistan also participated in the reviews of 75 other states.