UN Experts denounce terrorist attacks on Pakistani political campaign offices

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A day before the general elections on February 7, terrorist bombs targeting two political campaign offices in southwest Pakistan were denounced by experts from the United Nations. According to UN experts, these terrorist attacks have an impact on human rights, particularly the right to life.

UN experts denounced numerous other acts of violence directed towards polling places in a news release on Wednesday. One such act was the bombing of a women’s polling place on February 8 that resulted in the deaths of two children. To protect the victims’ rights, they pleaded for Pakistan to conduct thorough investigations into these atrocities and bring those responsible to justice.

“We urge Pakistan to effectively investigate these crimes and to hold perpetrators accountable to ensure justice for the victims,” according to the researchers.

The UN experts demanded that inquiries and cases be handled in accordance with international law

“Such terrorist violence detrimentally affects human rights, including the right to life and, in this context, the democratic right to vote in free elections and related political freedoms of association, assembly and expression,” according to UN experts.

According to UN officials, “We extend our deepest sympathy and solidarity to the victims and their families and to the people and Government of Pakistan.”

They emphasised the UNGA’s demand that states give victims of terrorism the help and aid they need in accordance with international law, including in terms of accountability, truth, justice, and remembrance.

The UN experts emphasised the basic principles for safeguarding human rights and the UN advice offered by the model legislative provisions to meet the needs and defend the rights of victims of terrorism.

The experts included, according to the press release, Ben Saul, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism; Morris Tidball-Binz, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions; Fabian Salvioli, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Restitution, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence; Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Cecilia M. Bailliet, Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity; Livingstone Sewanyana, Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order; Clement Nyaletsossi Voule


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