Islamabad: The Delegation of International Labour Organization consisting of Tine Staermose Director for South Asia, Coen Kompier Sr. Specialist International Labour Standards, Ariel B. Castro and others called on the Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights, Mr. Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar on 24th of November at his office.
The Delegation has shown interest in offering assistance in preparation of Universal Periodic Report (2012) which will be submitted in the UN in 2012. The delegation has offered their expertise through the ILO Supervisory System in UPR process. The Advisor has made it clear that the Universal Periodic Report 2012 would not paint the rosy picture as it happens in most of the cases in the past.
The report will be portraying clear, factual and true depiction of human rights situation in Pakistan. He has stressed on the need that the conventions should not only be ratified but also implemented through domestic legislation. He has also highlighted the capacity building issues of the Ministry with the delegation.
In this connection, he has informed them that he has asked the UN to provide him a team of legal experts to identify conventions and treaties not ratified by Pakistan until now and the instances of domestic legislations not in harmony with the international covenants and treaties. The Advisor has briefed the delegation about the role of the Ministry in the withdrawal of reservations on ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) and CAT (Convention against Torture) and hurdles in the way of reporting mechanism of these conventions.
He has also mentioned about the legislative initiatives for addressing human rights issues e.g. NCHR (National Commission on Human Rights), and NCW (National Commission on Women) bills which are being tabled in the ongoing session of National Assembly.
The ILO Delegation while appreciating the efforts of the Advisor offered the Ministry to engage in a consultative process in the report mechanism on many conventions and UPR 2012 specifically. The delegation has shown interest in identifying the areas for mutual cooperation in capacity building of the Ministry and the training of the officials in the ILO laws and standards. The delegation has assured the Advisor of their continued support and cooperation in UPR process and ratification of different ILO.
Conventions and their reporting mechanism at the international level creating a good will for Pakistan at International level.
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