PM's message on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, 2016

December 10, 2016

I sincerely endorse commemoration of International Human Rights Day as a symbol of recognition of universal human rights. Since the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948, this day reminds all nations of the world to adhere to protecting inviolable human rights and preserve human values. I however, wish to mention that much before the adoption of Human Rights Declaration by the UN, our sacred faith Islam has exhorted human beings to follow tenets of human values.
I have always stood up for human freedom marked by free speech and justice to all. I have always urged the nation to join hands to fight against discrimination and fanaticism. Our government has always endeavored to promote national unity and to build Pakistan as a great nation according to the vision of Quaid-i-Azam. We are steadfastly working towards establishing equality for all human beings and an environment of peaceful co-existence and non-discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, color, sex, race and religion.  
Pakistan is currently encountered by multiple challenges particularly terrorism. As a responsible State, Pakistan is fully cognizant of its regional and international commitments and we are implementing Human Rights related Conventions in true letter and spirit. The government is also committed to alleviate poverty and to create jobs for young people from all walks of life. Through this, we are creating conducive environment for youth to become a part of nation building process.

It gives me immense pleasure to share with you that an Action Plan to improve human rights situation in the country is being implemented by the Ministry of Human Rights. Action Plan focuses on brining structural changes in current human rights implementation mechanisms through policy & legal reforms, human rights education, awareness, research and communication, establishment and strengthening of National Human Rights Institutions and last but not the least implementing key human rights priorities – rights of women, children, minorities and persons with disabilities.  
The present government has embarked upon undertaking a number of legislative measures to protect Human Rights. An autonomous National Commission on the Status of Women and National Commission for Human Rights have been established and made functional. The government also acknowledges the efforts made by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights towards protection and promotion of Human Rights. Pakistan has also been given GSP+ status by European Union for which Government of Pakistan has taken effective measures and shown its commitment to fulfill its international human rights obligations 


I am sure that the commemoration of International Human Rights Day will instill profound adherence of its underlying spirit.