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Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Chair: Pakistan

(Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)
People carry the coffin of Lubna Mahmood, an NGO worker who was killed by unidentified gunmen, during her funeral in northwest Pakistan's Swabi on Jan. 2, 2013.
Seven persons, including six women, working for the nongovernmental organisation SWWS, were gunned down in Swabi district bordering former Taliban stronghold Malakand, police said. The SWWS works for health, education and vocational training of women, besides maternal and child mortality and reproductive health issues. (Daily Times, January 2, 2013).

Mission of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations: "The main tasks of the Committee are...The consideration of applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by NGOs; The consideration of quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in General and Special categories; The implementation of the provisions of Council resolution 1996/31 and the monitoring of the consultative relationship; Any other issues which the ECOSOC may request the Committee to consider." (Committee on NGOs web-site)

Pakistan's Term of office: 2011-2015 (re-elected April 28, 2010); Chair: 2013 (elected on January 21, 2013)

Pakistan's Record on NGOs:
"Criminal groups, some with ties to militant groups, engaged in extortion and kidnapping activities throughout the country...NGO workers were among those targeted... NGOs are required to register with the government...Security was a problem for NGO workers...By year's end seven NGO workers had been killed, seven had been kidnapped but were later released, and several others had received threats. In April police in the Shinkiari area of Mansehra district found the bullet-riddled bodies of four local aid workers, including three women and a man...[S]ecurity agencies blocked issuance of visas for international staff of NGOs due to concerns about their activities in country and links to a foreign government." (US State Department Country Report of Human Rights Practices in Pakistan, 2009)