September 16, 2019
 In 2024-Balancing Human Rights

Topic: 2024-Balancing Human Rights
Country: Pakistan
Delegate Name: Harpreet Kaur

Special Political and Decolonization Committee
Situation in Yemen
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Harpreet Kaur
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The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is steadfastly dedicated to protecting human rights while combating terrorism. Since there has been a lot of terrorist activity, the nation has led the way in counterterrorism activities. It does, however, recognize the significance of a human rights-abiding, well-rounded strategy. Pakistan has made significant efforts to combat terrorism and the financing of terrorists. In 2021, the nation updated its National Action Plan (NAP), cutting it down from 20 points to 14 important elements. The NAP seeks to swiftly and impartially destroy all terrorist groups. On some of this plan’s more difficult components, however, development has been sluggish. Pakistan has additionally collaborated in counterterrorism measures with foreign allies like the United States. This cooperation includes intelligence sharing and keeping airspace open for potential drone strikes against high-value targets.

Although stopping terrorism is a top concern, Pakistan is also dedicated to protecting human rights. The nation strives for a long-term counterterrorism policy based on cooperation and growth, addressing the core causes of terrorism as well as its outward manifestations. Concerns exist, nevertheless, over how counterterrorism policies may affect human rights. The Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 and the Protection of Pakistan Act of 2014 have created issues over the right to life, liberty, and a fair trial due to their broad definition of terrorism.

Pakistan recognizes the significance of a refurbished and fortified criminal justice system in the fight against terrorist threats and the containment of violent extremism. We advocate for the strengthening of global collaboration to exchange optimal practices for reconciling human rights and counterterrorism. Our emphasis is on tackling the underlying causes of terrorism, such as poverty, inequality, and social marginalization.

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