ISLAMABAD -Barrister Zafarullah Khan, special assistant to prime minister on parliamentary affairs has said that the government has taken concrete steps to ensure protection of human rights in the country in line with the national and international commitments.
He was speaking at an event organized jointly by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights and REAT Network, an initiative of The Asia Foundation to celebrate the International Human Rights Day and second REAT Awards in Islamabad, on Wednesday.
He said that it was a national duty to ensure the well being of vulnerable segments of the society including women and minorities and pledged to provide them equal opportunities without any discrimination.
He said that being cognizant of the situation of Human Rights in the country;the Governmentwas continuously undertaking legal and administrative reforms to cope with the challenges ahead.
The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights said,he was also making all out efforts for protection and promotion of Human Rights in the country through effective coordination mechanism with the Provincial Governments and other stakeholders. We are also establishing the National Commission for Human Rights to monitor Human Rights violations in the country more effectively.
Executive Vice President, the Asia Foundation, Ms. SuzanneSiskel, appreciated the initiative of the Asia Foundation in promotion and protection of religious minorities also highlighted the support pledged by Ministry of law, justice and human rights to overcome situation of human rights especially protection of the rights of minorities.
Country representative of The Asia Foundation, Pakistan, Gareth Aicken, also distributed awards among Human Rights defenders of REAT Network.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson REAT Network, Krishan Sharmahighlighted the role played by the network in protection and promotion of human rights and rights of the minorities in the country.
He informed the audience about the initiatives taken by the REAT Network for improving human rights situation in the country and asked the government to expedite steps which can further improve the situation.
He informed the audience that the Network has established an Early Warning System in 10 districts of Pakistan by engaging around 500 Human Rights Defenders for mitigating the conflict before it actually happens. “So far we have averted 19 such cases that could have been led to major conflicts leading to the loss of life & property of religious minorities”, he added.
Secretary Law, Justice and Human Rights Justice (R) Raza Khan while speaking on the occasion said that in line with our religious, moral, national and international commitments, we are committed to undertake a number of steps for protection and promotion of Human Rights in the country.
He also urged NGOs, volunteers, philanthropists, national & international development partners, media and corporate sector to come forward and play a significant role to ameliorate human rights situation.
Also speaking on the occasion, DrRawwidaBaksh, acting country representative UN Women, called for steps to end violence against women. She said thatViolence against Women (VAW) and the fear of violence are formidable barriers to women and girls’ realization of their full potential, fulfillment of their aspirations, and attainment of general well-being.
Despite laws and policies violence continues unabated, she said, while claiming that VAW can be eliminated — by treating women as equals, ending impunity, ensuring justice and security. First Secretary of EKN Ms. Nana Stolze also spoke at the occasion. A musical performance by AreebAzhar and a Mime Act was also part of the event.
Oct 26, 2016 0
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