Sindh govt. to appoint District Human Rights Officers
Decision aims to prevent human rights violations and ensure justice to the victims
Sindh Human Rights Department is conducting awareness campaign across the province; in the next phase, its focus will be on the protection of human rights – Secretary
Sindh Human Rights Department has decided in principle to appoint District Human Rights Officers across the province to prevent human rights violations and ensure justice to the victims.
This was announced at a training workshop for the members of its Provincial Vigilance Committee, on Friday, attended by Surendar Valasai, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Human Rights, Jawed Sibghatullah Mahar, Secretary of the Department, Iqbal Detho Chairman Sindh Human Rights Commission, Naveed Anthony, PPP MPA, Jameel Hussain Junejo, Executive Coordinator, the Treaty Implementation Cell of the Human Rights Department Sindh, Zulfiqar Shah, Dr. Sonu Mal Khangarani, Altaf Khoso Advocate and others.
Speaking at the workshop, Surendar Valasai said that the Human Rights Department intends to amend the relevant TORs to make the cadre of its Vigilance Committee more efficient and effective.
During the event, Surendar Valasai took notice of the complaint of Shehzadi Rai, a well-known transgender rights activist and member of the Vigilance Committee, that the Karachi Police has allegedly registered cases against transgenders. Valasai announced the formation of a committee headed by Vigilance Committee member Sardar Nazakat on the issue and assured the transgender community that the Sindh government would not tolerate any injustice against them.
Sindh Human Rights Department Secretary Jawed Sibghatullah Mahar, in his address, said that the purpose of the vigilance committee is to identify and prevent human rights violations and also to spread awareness about human rights in the society.
“Human Rights District Officers, with educational qualifications of Masters in Social Sciences, will be appointed across the province for the prevention of human rights violations and easy public access to the department very soon,” he added.
Jawed Sibghatullah Mahar said that at present Sindh Human Rights Department is conducting an awareness campaign across the province, while in the next phase, its full focus will be on the protection of human rights. He said that his department is currently working with two non-governmental organizations to provide free legal assistance to victims of human rights violations.
“The human rights law needs to be amended to make it more effective and the government is working on it,” he added.
Jamil Junejo, Executive Coordinator of the Treaty Implementation Cell of the Department of Human Rights, said that 23 departments of the province report to the Cell on the implementation process of 27 human rights conventions regarding GSP Plus. He said that in 2014, the Treaty Implementation Cells were established in all provinces including the Center.
At the end of the ceremony, certificates and shields were distributed among the participants. (PR)