Human Rights

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Promises

1. Strict action will be taken by human rights ministry against child abuse.

2. The state will take responsibility of the street children, widows and disabled persons.

3. Groups of lawyers will be sent to jails to check the living standards of prisoners.

4. We will reform our prison system by upgrading existing infrastructure and ensure human rights are not violated.

5. We will establish separate special juvenile detention centres and prisons for women

6. We will enact structural reform to establish a legally empowered, well-resourced and independent National Commission on Minorities, followed by provincial Commissions/Departments.

7. We will ensure that the people of GB get their due political and economic rights.

Progress

Strict action will be taken by human rights ministry against child abuse.

20 October 2018

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari said that issue of domentic violence on a young child maid is being investigated on a priority basis and FIR would be filed after the meticulous physical examination of the victim. She said that the government is in process of drafting a comprehensive bill for protection of domestic workers including banning child workers.

22 October 2018

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has taken action on the complaint about discrimination against a child filed by the parents of a student of class 4th Government Boys Primary School, Dhok Fateh, Attock. The teacher has been suspended and an inquiry is being conducted.

29 October 2018

A Peshawar sessions court handed a 105-year imprisonment to the principal of a private school on charges of child abuse, pornography, rape, blackmail and maintaining illicit relations. He was also given a fine of Rs1.4 million. A boy student complained about him in July 2017 who had accused him of filming girls on camera installed in school.

30 October 2018

A sessions court in Quetta sentenced a police constable ‘Tayyab Kazmi’ to death on charges of sexual abuse of children. He was arrested by police for sexually abusing three children in Police Lines area of Quetta. Cases were also registered against him in 2015.

3 November 2018

The task force constituted on Zainab’s murder case to find out the cause of child abuse has recommended to set up a ‘One Stop Facilitation Center’ in Kasur as pilot project on earliest in order to provide medical, psychiatric, psycho-social and legal support to the victims and their families at district and tehsil level.

7 November 2018

The Ministry of Human Rights drafted an action plan for ending child abuse in the country with a focus on prevention, protection and recovery. The Ministry plans to create awareness by conducting seminars, workshops on this issue and integrate child rights and personal health into curriculum. Further, the Ministry has planned protection system as well as the establishment of school protection committees through parent-teacher associations (PTA). The ministry is also considering the effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice System (JJS).

12 February 2019

Ministry of Human Rights has started an awareness campaign to prevent child abuse The Minister for human rights Dr. Shireen Mazari said that Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Child Protection Act already exits to ensure the protection of children and the government is going to establish Child protection commission under the umbrella of ICT Act. She shared that Ministry of Human Rights is running its Child protection center which provides the facilities of free education, counseling and free medical treatment to the children. In addition, Ministry of human rights has established helpline 1099 to report issues related to human rights abuses including the child abuse and Ministry would take action against culprits.

26 March 2019

Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) in collaboration with UNICEF launched National Child Labour Survey in Pakistan to collect data on child labor. Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari, UNICEF Country Representative Aida Girma and Secretary Ministry of Statistics Shaista Sohail were among the speakers. The purpose of the event was to recognize the efforts of federal as well as provincial governments towards prevention and elimination of economic exploitation of children. Ms Mazar said that the government is committed to provide basic necessities to children and to end child labor.

Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari said that effective legislation is being done to protect rights of minorities, children and women. The cabinet has approved an Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill and Child Abuse Bill to protect children’s rights. The Minister said the government is also working on introducing Anti-Torture Bill to check domestic violence.

28 March 2019

Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UNDP for establishing Management Information System (MIS) for data collection on human rights in Pakistan. Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said that it will be easier to make targeted policies and strategies with the help of proper data. Under MoU, UNDP will be extending technical and capacity building support to MoHR with a focus on digitization and the establishment of a Human Rights Information Management System to better collect and analyze data.  Ministry of Human Rights has already passed laws like Child Protection Act, Juvenile Justice System Act, Transgender Protection Act and Hindu Marriage Act.

We will enact structural reform to establish a legally empowered, well-resourced and independent National Commission on Minorities, followed by provincial Commissions/Departments.

13 September 2018

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said that a comprehensive strategy has been prepared to ensure protection of the rights of minorities. She said that their freedom and improvement of their socio-economic status is government’s responsibility.

23 March 2019

Federal Minister for Information Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said the federal government has taken notice of the alleged underage marriages and forced conversion of two Hindu girls in Ghotki.

4 April 2019

The scholarships of Rs. 2.7 million were given to 98 talented students of minority community in Faisalabad. The checks were distributed by Punjab Minister for Minorities Affairs & Human Rights Ejaz Aalam Augustin. Punjab Chief Minister had allocated Rs 30 million for providing educational scholarships to talented students of minorities during the current year.