MESSAGE FROM MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF PRIME MINISTER, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10TH DECEMBER, 2016

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Message from

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

On International Human Rights Day

10th December, 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, mention that before the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN, our religion Islam has exhorted human beings to follow tenets of human values, according top priority to human rights.

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 been endeavouring to promote national unity in order 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 besides creating an environment of peaceful co-existence and non-discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, colour, 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 core Conventions in appropriate manner. The Government is also committed to alleviate poverty and to create jobs for young people from all walks of life. We are providing opportunities for our youth under the umbrella of PM’s Youth Programme to truly empower and enable them play their due role in the national progress and development. 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 the Action Plan for Human Rights is being implemented in the country with focus on brining structural changes in current mechanisms through policy and legal reforms, human rights education, awareness, research and communication; besides establishment and strengthening on National Human Rights Institutions. The present Government is also undertaking a number of legislative measures to ensure protection and promotion of Human Rights. I am sure that the commemoration of International Human Rights Day will inculcate profound adherence of its underlying spirit.

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