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Message of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Prime Minister of Pakistan on Universal Human Rights Day

Islamabad: The Universal Human Rights Day is an important landmark in the history of the United Nations. Every nation of the world celebrates this day to commemorate the importance of Human Rights in the prospective of the present day world.

It is a day to commit ourselves to the cause of human freedom, liberty, dignity and self-esteem. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the guiding force leading every nation towards a unified goal to restore the human dignity to the highest level of humanism.

The main objective of all the humanistic movements of the world has always been to restore human dignity and humanize the world culture. Pakistan is among the countries that have committed themselves to the promotion and protection of Human Rights.

Human Rights enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have emerged from the basic principles of Islam. These rights are enshrined in the Last Sermon of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that he delivered on the occasion of “Hujja-tul-Wida”. It guarantees equality with equity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, colour, race or religion.

This year the Universal Human Rights Day falls within the month of Moharram, which highlights the importance of sacrifice for a noble cause of truth.

Pakistan stands committed to the protection, promotion and practice of Human rights to foster peace and democracy for empowerment of its people. The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees freedoms to its people including all minorities.

The Government is bound to respond more vocally to the vulnerable and marginalized sections of society. We have taken a number of political, economic and legislative reforms to make sure that the rights of underprivileged sections of society. Initiatives such as BISP and enactment of various pro women laws are practical manifestation of the democratic government’s resolve to improve the wellbeing of marginalized sections.

Peace and democracy are essential to each other. The present democratic Government is doing its best to promote peace and democracy to develop a society marked by a culture of harmony, goodwill and peace.

We are conscious of our international commitments and obligations. The Convention Against Torture and International Convention on Civil and Political Rights have been ratified by Pakistan. To see them implemented in letter and spirit is our goal.

The government and people of Pakistan are committed to eliminate all forms of terrorism because violence and terrorism negate the spirit of Human Rights and Islamic ethos.

On the Universal Human Rights Day, let us pledge to work more resolutely to safeguard the economic, political and constitutional rights of our people.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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