Call for inputs: Country visit to Pakistan (16-25 May 2022)

28 February 2022
Issued by
Independent Expert on foreign debt, other international financial obligations and human rights, Attiya Waris
To prepare the Independent Expert's country visit to Pakistan

Ms Attiya Waris was appointed Independent Expert on foreign debt, other international financial obligations and human rights by the Human Rights Council in its 46th session. She took her position on 1 August 2021.

As all Special Procedures, the Independent Expert is mandated to undertake official country visits. This visit will allow Ms Waris to assess the human rights situation from the perspective of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations. She aims to acquire on-site knowledge on the issues related to her mandate and provide insights and recommendations to the Government and other stakeholders.

In this regard, following the invitation of the Government of Pakistan, the Independent Expert will conduct her first official visit from 16 to 25 May 2022.

Some topics and issues of relevance

The Independent Expert invites all stakeholders to provide views, documentation, analysis and relevant information on these two dimensions to inform the preparation of her visit to Pakistan. In particular, she invites academics, non-governmental organizations and networks, think tanks, international financial institutions and UN entities, as well as individuals, to provide inputs.

Contributions should be concise and address the specific issues of the mandate of the Independent Expert, such as:

  • Effects of public debt and economic policies on the realization of human rights, including in relation to fiscal consolidation, or to other process such as decentralization at federal, subnational or local levels.
  • Impacts of economic policies in the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups, both in urban and rural areas of the country. Issues related to inequalities among groups and/or regions.
  • Issues related to public spending and investment in the health, social protection and education sectors, especially in relation to COVID-19 pandemic and to the situation of children. Budget analysis of social sectors if available.
  • Information and analysis related to debt sustainability, debt restructuring and negotiations with international financial institutions and creditors.
  • Issues related to taxation, revenue and the use of the maximum of available resources for the realization of human rights. Progress towards achievement of SDGs.
  • Issues related to Illicit financial flows and corruption; access to information, acoountability and transparency mechanisms in this domain.
  • Role and impact of international development assistance and cooperation in the social sector, at local, subnational and federal levels.
  • Information about access to information on financial and fiscal issues at the federal and state levels, with relevant disaggregation and, when possible, periodicity.

Treatment of responses

All responses will be posted on the official webpage of the Independent Expert unless it is indicated that the submission and/or the supporting documentation should be kept confidential.

How and where to submit inputs/comments

We kindly request that responses be submitted in English no later than 28 February 2022.

Please keep responses to a maximum of 5 pages (or 3,000 words), and provide links to information, legislation, analysis or documents when available.

E-mail address:, copying
Postal address: Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Special Procedures Branch
CH – 1211, Geneva, Switzerland

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Accepted languages:English