On March 30, 2017 AMLA submitted its Stakeholder Report to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. AMLA’s submission highlights the atrocities the Pakistani government commits against Ahmadi Muslims living in Pakistan.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), conducts a Universal Periodic Review (UN-UPR) of each of the 193 UN Member States. Through the UN-UPR, the UNHRC’s objective is to ensure each State fulfills its human rights obligations. This year, Pakistan is one of the 14 Member States up for review. Unfortunately, Pakistan is a UN Member State who has failed to uphold the basic human rights of its citizens, as it is obliged to do under international law. By adopting a Constitutional provision to declare Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims the country has violated the basic rights of Ahmadi Muslims and most notable its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Through our submission we detailed how Pakistan’s treatment of Ahmadi Muslims is in flagrant violation of its obligations under the ICCPR. The submission, under the purview of the AMLA USA board was prepared by Tariq Ahmad and Arhama Rushdi. Mr. Tariq Ahmad is a Senior Foreign Legal Specialist at the Library of Congress and Ms. Arhama Rushdi is a 2L and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.