Govt of Pakistan confers Highest Civil Award to the veteran Australian Politician Lee Rhiannon
On behalf of the President of Pakistan the High Commissioner H.E. Babar Amin conferred the Medal of “Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam” to Former Senator Hon. Lee Rhiannon
On Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, A special ceremony was held at the High Commission for Pakistan in Canberra, Australia to award Pakistan Presidential medal “Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam” to the veteran Australian Politician and Former Senator Ms. Lee Rhiannon.
High Commissioner Babar Amin
The Medal was conferred by the High Commissioner H.E. Babar Amin on behalf of the President of Pakistan. The ceremony was attended by Australian dignitaries,
MC; Mr. Zain ul Abidin
prominent persons, and
members of Pakistani community from different walks of life. The New First
Secretary of the Pakistan High Commission Canberra Mr. Zain ul Abidin was MC of
Hon. Lee Rhiannon a veteran Australian politician and former Senator has been raising her voice for human rights across the world, especially for the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). She has been at the forefront in highlighting the plight of Kashmiris in the New South Wales and Australian parliaments as well as other forums raising public awareness about the issue.
H.E. Babar Amin
The High Commissioner Mr.
Babar Amin, while addressing the occasion, conveyed deep appreciation of the
people and government of Pakistan on Ms. Rhiannon’s principled position and her
voice for the subjugated people of Kashmir. He also highlighted former
Senator's support for the Australians of Pakistani origin and being available
for taking up their matters.
Former Senator Lee Rhiannon, while speaking to the ceremony expressed her deep appreciation for the honour. She thanked the government and people of Pakistan for the Award.
Former Senator Lee Rhiannon
Former Senator Lee Rhiannon
stated that Kashmiri people were facing immense human rights violations,
however, most people were unaware about it. The issue was cloaked by the
narrative that Kashmir was a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India which
needed to be rectified. She added that India and Pakistan were both nuclear
powers so the issue of Kashmir assumed a core significance.
Referring to the two Reports of the UN Office of the Human Rights Commissioner on the situation in Kashmir, issued in 2018 and 2019, she appreciated Pakistani position for accepting them, whereas India rejected. She also spoke about the further deterioration of human rights and humanitarian and human rights situation following the illegal Indian actions of 5 August 2019 coupled with military siege, demographic apartheid, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and violation of women's modesty.
The participants of the ceremony highly lauded the services of former Senator Lee Rhiannon and praised the decision of the government for recognising her principles based work.
H.E. Mr. Babar Amin
Hon. Lee Rhiannon
Former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Mrs Uzma Babar
Aurangzaib Baig, H.E. Babar Amin and Lee Rhiannon
Former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Raja Taseer
Imran Khan, Mehwish and Syed Zafar Hussain
Raja Taseer and Deputy High Commissioner Aamer Ahmed Atozai
High Commissioner His Excellency Mr. Babar Amin and the Honourable Lee Rhiannon
Syed Zafar Hussain and High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Babar Amin
Mrs Tahira Gul, Lee Rhiannon and Defence Advisor Brig. Shoaib BIN Akram
High Commissioner H.E. Babar Amin Speaking at Event
H.E. Babar Amin, Former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Syed Zafar Hussain (Sada-e-Watan Sydney)
High Commissioner Mr. Babar Amin, Former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Mrs Uzma Babar
Mrs Uzma Babar, H.E. Babar Amin, Former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Raja Taseer
Mohammed Ali, Syed Zafar Hussain, H.E. Babar Amin, Former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Shafaq Jaffery
High Commissioner H.E. Babar Amin, Former Senator Lee Rhiannon and Brig. DA Shoaib BIN Akram
Aurangzeb Baig. H.E. Babar Amin, Lee Rhiannon, Iqbal Khan and Sohail Khan
Mrs Uzma Babar, H.E. Babar Amin, Lee Rhiannon, Aamer Ahmed Atozai and Mrs Sayyidah Nighat Aamer
H.E. Babar Amin, Former Senator Lee Rhiannon, Brig. Shoaib BIN Akram and ; Mr. Zain ul Abidin
Hon. Lee Rhiannon, Ex Parliamentarian receives Presidential medal from High Commissioner H.E. Babar Amin.
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