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EU Presidency statement on the positive developments in Pakistan concerning key international human rights instruments

The Presidency of the EU welcomes Pakistan’s ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on 17 April 2008.

The EU has long been seeking the universal ratification of these core instruments of international human rights law and the steps taken by Pakistan ratifying the ICESCR and signing the ICCPR and the Convention Against Torture represent a positive development.

Becoming a State Party to these legally binding international instruments of human rights law, Pakistan has willingly assumed the obligations contained in them.

The Presidency encourages Pakistan to continue such positive developments and to further strengthen its cooperation with the international human rights mechanisms. The Presidency looks forward to the implementation of these legally binding human rights obligations by Pakistan.


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Date: 18.04.2008