Pakistan: Non-Governmental Organisations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th December 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to facilitate dialogue between the Government of Pakistan and NGOs in that country as a result of the Concluding Observations of the ICCPR and the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

We are concerned by some of the restrictions placed on NGOs in Pakistan.

We are actively lobbying the Government of Pakistan to ensure that their new system of regulation is implemented swiftly, and allows INGOs and NGOs to continue their important development and humanitarian work.

The review by the UN Human Rights Council of Pakistan's implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights held in July this year, noted its concern about the Government of Pakistan's regulation of INGOs. We raised our concerns over the limits on freedom of expression in Pakistan during Pakistan's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November.‚Äč

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