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Rights based CSOs demand protection of peoples’ rights

After a consultation meeting in Lahore, 12 rights based civil society organizations have strongly urged the Federal and Provincial governments to fulfill their commitments regarding peoples’ rights enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan. They demanded speedy process of establishing independent and autonomous Human Rights Institutions in accordance with the Paris Principles. “These steps are extremely necessary to upgrade the image of Pakistan and improve the deplorable human rights situation” said the statement.
We take a serious note of human rights violations by law enforcement agencies and militants at Karachi, FATA and Baluchistan. Necessary and immediate actions are needed to improve human rights conditions under the defined constitutional and legal framework.
“The statement underlined the need to take legislative and Administrative measures with regard to the security and protection of human rights defenders (journalists, lawyers and activists) and remedy for the survivors. The CSOs stressed to produce the victims of forced disappearances in the court and prosecute the culprits”.
While appreciating the adoption of women and human rights friendly legislation (Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace 2010, Prevention of Anti Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2011, The National Commission on the Status of Women, 2012). The group emphasized that the Federal and Provincial governments, relevant departments and ministries should take rapid steps towards implementation of these laws. The CSOs also demanded passage of the pending Bill of Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection).
The statement strongly recommended that the Provincial and Federal governments should introduce institutional mechanisms (Human Rights Commission, Provincial Commission on the Status of Women and Commission for Minorities) for the implementation and protection of human rights. We demand setting up the NHRC immediately. Due representation of civil society and concerned sections should be ensured and it should be protected against political and executive influences.
Rights based CSOs also assured their support to the Federal and Provincial governments and the relevant institutions to take comprehensive steps for the resolve of these issues.
The statement further said that the civil society of Pakistan have a full appreciation of the difficulties of transitional phase of democracy and will oppose any disruption of political process.

Issued by: Peter Jacob (Convener)
CSOs:
Aurat Foundation
South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP)
Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO)
Blue Veins
Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC)
Minority Rights Commission (MRC)
Justice and Peace Commission (JPC – MSLCP)
Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM)
Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA)
Tangh Wasaib Organization (TWO)
SUNGI Development Foundation
National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP)

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