Pakistan's Track Record of Human
On the other hand,
the report on the state of Human Rights in Pakistan during 1990 and 1991,
prepared by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is an eye opener about
denial of basic rights to the majority of the population.
According to the commission:
"The state has shown little interest
in accepting the international Human Rights standards".
Similarly, Pakistan which smugly claims to be a champion
of Human Rights in Kashmir has steadfastly and deliberately ignored the
following International conventions and protocols on Human Rights by declining
to even sign them:
"The courts cannot invoke international Human
Rights values as is being done in several countries such as India because
the state does not acknowledge them".
"Lack of interest in bringing the country's basic
law in conformity with international Human Rights and norms, keeps alive
the danger of new encroachments on whatever fundamental rights are provided
in the constitution, particularly through the exploitation of religion".
"A particularly reprehensible tendency is for
the state to free itself of its human rights obligations on the pretext
of the supremacy of belief, tradition or custom".
-- International Convenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights;
-- International Convenant on Civil and Political
-- Optional Protocol to the International Convenant
on Civil and Political Rights;
-- Second Optional Protocol to the International
Convenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the
-- International Convention against Apartheid
-- Convention on the Non-applicability of Statutory
Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against humanity;
-- Convention on the elimination of all forms
of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
-- Convention on consent to Marriage, Minimum
age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages;
-- Convention on the Reduction of statelessness;
-- Convention relating to the Status of stateless
-- Convention relating to the Status of Refugees;
-- Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees.
Destruction of a Bridge in Srinagar