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Sharing Dignity and Prosperity: Building an Inclusive Society in Pakistan
December 02,2016   By:chinahumanrights.org
Sharing Dignity and Prosperity: Building an Inclusive Society in Pakistan
 
Ashraf M. HAYAT 
 
PAKISTAN
 
Abstract: Background: The Right to Development Declaration considers these rights inalienable①.The Human Rights Declaration provides that everyone is entitled to social and international orders so that they realize their rights and freedoms②. Most countries, including Pakistan, guarantee each citizen ?fundamental rights‘ and ?economic and social wellbeing‘③. Yet in 2015, 216 of every one hundred thousand mothers died while bearing a child. Thirty-four of every one thousand infants died before reaching their fifth birthday. These deaths were caused in large part by malnourishment④. In 2013, almost 11% of world population lived on less than two dollars a day⑤. Two hundred and fifty years ago, David Hume pondered why the many can be governed so easily by the few⑥. Society is still looking for an answer.
 
① UN Declaration of the Right to Development 1986 
② Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 1948 
③ Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Part II 
④ All data from UNICEF: Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women
⑤ World Bank, http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview 
⑥From Essays Moral, Political, Literary (LF ed.) David Hume, source Online Library of Liberty