ISLAMABAD :Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif Tuesday presented Pakistan’s national report on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the Human Rights Council in Geneva. This was the third report by Pakistan since the inception of UPR process in 2006, the first two were presented in 2008 and 2012 respectively, a Foreign Office statement said. The minister outlined the wide range of legislative, institutional, administrative and policy measures to advance and safeguard human rights in Pakistan. Highlighting the substantial progress made, he reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to promote human rights in the spirit of constructive dialogue, engagement and cooperation. He also underscored Pakistan’s active role and contribution as a consensus builder within the international human rights policy debates. Presentation of these reports is part of the UPR process established by the Human Rights Council whereby all the UN member states outline the steps taken and progress made in the area of human rights. The 117 countries participated in Pakistan’s UPR. An overwhelming majority of states welcomed Pakistan’s advancement of human rights agenda. Acknowledging and appreciating the progress made by Pakistan, participating states made suggestions for its consideration.
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