GENEVA (The Thursday Times) — On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held a moment of silence, led by Pakistan, to mourn the loss of innocent lives in the occupied Palestinian territory and elsewhere. The solemn occasion took place during a session in Geneva, shedding light on the ongoing human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.
Ambassador Zaman Mehdi, the deputy permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva, was seen leading the moment of silence, which was observed to commemorate the lives of people killed in these regions. However, some sources pointed out that the council failed to honor those who died in Israel during the attacks by troops from Palestine. This moment was part of a larger general debate agenda on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, which took place on 4 October 2023.
This gesture by the UNHRC resonated with the global call for acknowledging the human rights abuses and the loss of innocent lives in conflict zones. Pakistan’s leadership in this moment of silence reflects its stance on the Palestinian issue, aligning with the broader consensus within the UNHRC on addressing human rights abuses in conflict-ridden areas.