Pakistan President signs ICCPR and Convention against Torture

President Asif Ali Zardari signed on Thursday 3 June two recently ratified international conventions, adding Pakistan to the list of countries which have ratified all international conventions related to good governance, sustainable development and human rights.

The two conventions are: The international convention on civil and political rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The cabinet in a meeting on March 24 had ratified the conventions with certain reservations.

The Instrument of Ratification signed by the President will now be sent to the United Nations. The Instrument of Ratification signed by the president contains reservations protecting national rights relating to (a) Islamic law and ideology (b) issue of self-determination, (c) anything repugnant to the provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan.

Earlier in April India Cabinet approved a proposal to introduce the Prevention of Torture Bill 2010 in the Parliament. This is a step towards ratification of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, signed by India in 1997 but never enforced because of the lack of a law in the Indian Constitution.


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