Pakistan Rejects U.S. State Department's 2023 Human Rights Report

Pakistan rejects US human rights report as biased, urges objectivity and fairness in assessing global issues.

Rizwan Shah
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Pakistan Rejects U.S. State Department's 2023 Human Rights Report

Pakistan Rejects U.S. State Department's 2023 Human Rights Report

Pakistan has categorically rejected the 2023 Country Report on human rights practices issued by the U.S. State Department, describing the report's contents as unfair, based on inaccurate information, and completely disconnected from the on-the-ground reality. The Foreign Office criticized the report for lacking objectivity and politicizing the international human rights agenda, demonstrating double standards.

The report identified various human rights issues in Pakistan, including arbitrary killings, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture. However, Pakistan's Foreign Office accused the U.S. of ignoring or minimizing human rights violations in other regions, such as Gaza and Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. "The report highlighted human rights situations around the world but ignored the gross human rights violations in Gaza and Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir," the Foreign Office stated.

Pakistan asserted that the U.S. State Department's annual human rights reports are fundamentally flawed in their methodology, as they use a domestic social lens to judge human rights in a politically biased manner. The Foreign Office spokesperson claimed that the report "lacked objectivity and was politically biased, ignoring or downplaying human rights violations in other regions."

Why this matters: The rejection of the U.S. State Department's human rights report by Pakistan highlights the ongoing tensions and disagreements between the two countries regarding the assessment and reporting of human rights issues. It also underscores the challenges in maintaining objectivity and fairness in evaluating human rights situations across different regions and political contexts.

Pakistan reiterated its commitment to strengthening its own human rights framework and engaging constructively to promote the international human rights agenda. The Foreign Office urged the U.S. to exercise due diligence, demonstrate objectivity and impartiality, and play a constructive role in supporting international efforts to address human rights violations in urgent hotspots around the world. Pakistan expects U.S. State Department to "demonstrate objectivity, impartiality, and responsibility in conducting assessments of complex issues, and to have the moral courage to speak the truth about all situations."

Key Takeaways

  • Pakistan rejects 2023 US human rights report as unfair and biased.
  • Pakistan accuses US of ignoring rights violations in Gaza and Kashmir.
  • Pakistan says US report lacks objectivity and is politically motivated.
  • Pakistan urges US to be objective and impartial in human rights assessments.
  • Ongoing tensions between Pakistan and US over human rights reporting.