Pakistan on British human rights watch list
LONDON (March 26 2008): Britain for the first time included Pakistan on a list of countries of concern over human rights Tuesday, saying there had been “very little progress” towards pledged improvements. Pakistan featured on a list of 21 “major countries of concern” like China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe in the Foreign Office’s Human Rights Annual Report 2007.
The report says the list “is not a league table of countries we consider the worst offenders” but adds it “focuses on countries where human rights issues cause us the greatest concern, or where we devote a great deal of attention”. The move to include Pakistan came after a recommendation from the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee.
During a three-page analysis of Pakistan’s human rights record, the FCO says: “The UK is concerned about human rights issues in Pakistan…recent changes in the political landscape and the period surrounding the state of emergency declared by President Pervez Musharraf on 3 November 2007 have brought a number of human rights issues in Pakistan to the fore.”
Source: Business Recorder