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Effective legislation being done to protect rights of people: Mazari
March 26, 2019

Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari has said that effective legislation is being done to protect rights of minorities, children, women, and other oppressed segments of society.

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Tuesday, she said the cabinet has approved to table 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.

She said steps are being taken to ensure strict implementation of existing laws to protect fundamental rights of the people.

Dr. Shireen Mazari said a juvenile court has started working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the federal government will also request other provinces to take similar measures. She said a special ward has been setup at PIMS for transgender and provinces need to follow the suit.

Dr. Shireen Mazari said Muslims in some European countries are facing discriminatory treatment, while minorities enjoy equal rights in Pakistan.

She said the international community should also take notice of grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir at the hands of Indian forces.

Regarding Pakistani citizens detained in foreign countries, the Minister said that she will raise for their release and providing legal aid and other assistance.

Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Federal Ministry of Human Rights and the United Nations Development Program.

The signing ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Human Rights at the newly inaugurated ministry's premises.

Under the MoU, UNDP will be extending technical and capacity building support to MOHR with a focus on institutional digitization and the establishment of a Human Rights Information Management System to better collect, collate, analyze and report on human rights achievements and challenges in Pakistan.

The MOU outlines the scope of cooperation between UNDP and MOHR for the forthcoming two years.

On the occasion, UNDP Resident Representative Ignacio Artaza highlighted that UNDP Pakistan sees signing of the MOU with the Ministry of Human Rights as an important landmark not just for UNDP, but the UN system in Pakistan, and an important foundation for institutional collaboration with ministry to promote rights-based development.