U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice: Pakistan
Mission of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice:
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Sexual assault by Muslim extremists is commonplace but rarely reported.
"The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is the United Nations body of Member States responsible for setting out global strategy to prevent crime and promote stable criminal justice systems. The 40-member UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice formulates international policies and recommends activities in the field of crime control...The Commission offers nations a forum for exchanging expertise and information on matters of crime prevention and criminal justice and to determine strategies and priorities for combatting crime at the global level....Priority areas mandated by the [Economic and Social] Council when it established the Commission in 1992 are: international action to combat national and transnational crime...and improving the efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration systems." (Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice web-site
Term of office: 2008-2015
Pakistan's Record on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice:
"Reports of arbitrary or unlawful killings by government agents and politically motivated killings by independent actors continued during the year, as did arbitrary or unlawful killings of civilians in conflict...Security forces, including intelligence services, tortured and abused individuals in custody...Human rights organizations reported methods including beating with batons and whips, burning with cigarettes, whipping soles of the feet, prolonged isolation, electric shock, denial of food or sleep, hanging upside down, and forced spreading of the legs with bar fetters.
Security force personnel reportedly raped women during interrogations. Government rarely took action against those responsible... Delays in justice in civil and criminal cases arose due to antiquated procedural rules, weak case management systems, costly litigation to keep a case moving in the system, and weak legal education...There were extensive case backlogs in both the lower and superior courts...Rape was frequent, prosecutions were rare."
(US State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2009, Pakistan)