LAHORE, April 30: Some 12 civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged federal and provincial governments to fulfill their commitments regarding people’s rights enshrined in the Constitution.
They demanded establishment of independent and autonomous human rights institutions in accordance with the Paris Principles.
CSOs issued a statement after a consultation meeting held in Lahore on Monday stating that these steps are extremely necessary to upgrade the image of Pakistan and improve the deplorable human rights situation.
The organisations include: Aurat Foundation, South Asia Partnership Pakistan, Strengthening Participatory Organisation, Blue Veins, Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, Minority Rights Commission, Justice and Peace Commission, Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation, Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy,
Tangh Wasaib Organization, SUNGI Development Foundation and National Commission for Justice and Peace.
“We take a serious note of human rights violations by law enforcement agencies and militants at Karachi, FATA and Balochistan,” the statement said. Necessary and immediate actions are needed to improve human rights conditions under the defined constitutional and legal framework.
The group stressed to produce the victims of forced disappearances in the court and prosecute the culprits.
CSOs appreciated the adoption of women and human rights friendly legislation such as the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace 2010, Prevention of Anti-Women Practices, Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2011, and The National Commission on the Status of Women, 2012.
The group emphasised that federal and provincial governments should take rapid steps towards implementation of these laws. It also demanded passage of the pending Bill of Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection.
CSOs strongly recommended that the government should introduce institutional mechanisms like Human Rights Commission, Provincial Commission on the Status of Women and Commission for Minorities for the implementation and protection of human rights.
CSOs also assured their support to federal and provincial governments and the relevant institutions to take comprehensive steps for the resolve of these issues.