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Facebook offers support to govt in raising awareness about human rights

ISLAMABAD: A Facebook delegation headed by Simon Milner, Vice President of Public Policy Facebook, met with Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari on Monday and offered full support to the ministry’s initiatives and said Facebook will help the government in raising awareness about human rights issues. According to a statement released from the ministry, Shireen Mazari told the Facebook team about various initiatives taken by the ministry to address human rights issues. She told the team that the ministry has a…

Ministry of HR drafted nine bills for women welfare in 100 days   

ISLAMABAD: During the initial 100 days of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) government, the ministry of Human Rights (HR) drafted at least nine bills  for women welfare in the county, said an official. The officials said that awareness campaigns and redressal of human rights complaints, street children and harmonization of laws, and policies, including women empowerment and child abuse, were also devised in the span of only 100 days. He said that during the period, the ministry managed to improve the structure of the…

Govt to introduce laws to curb abuse of domestic workers: Mazari

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of European Parliament led by Ms Jean Lambert on Tuesday called on the Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari here in the federal capital, ARY News reported. They discussed the various human rights related issues including the rights of women, children and minorities. On this occasion, Minister said Pakistan is committed to ensure the basic rights of our citizens in pursuance to our Constitution and International commitments. Dr Mazari said that the ministry is taking pragmatic…

Govt committed to protect rights of minorities: Shireen Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari Thursday said that the government was committed to protect the rights of minorities and it had already made some legislation on it. "Pakistan is progressively living up to the commitments; it has made on human rights issues," she said addressing the concluding session of the national and provincial capacity building training workshop on 'Reporting to International Human Rights Mechanism' organised by OHCHR and UNDP here. She said Pakistan was a democratic…

Law minister proposes establishing authority to provide free legal aid

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the committee constituted by the federal government to prepare a set of recommendations for setting up a new legal aid mechanism for the poor and vulnerable segment of the society. The law minister suggested to constitute a Central Legal Aid Authority with sub-committees at provincial levels to provide free legal aid to deserving litigants who might otherwise not be able to defend their genuine legal rights or interests due to…

Helpline 1099 set up for victims of human rights violations

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Human Rights has established helpline number 1099 to report in case of any violation of human rights in the country. The public are requested to contact on this number 24/7 to serve the humanity. The purpose of this initiative is to discourage any kind of human rights violation in the society. Human rights are the fundamental rights that belong to every person in the world, regardless of their race, religion, color and sex, from birth to death. Sometimes human rights can be restricted…

Mazari seeks help to identify woman torturing maid in viral video

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Friday sought public help for identifying a woman who is seen beating a housemaid in a viral video, ARY News reported. The video circulating on social media, shows a woman slapping and beating an underage maid for making excess tea. The woman can be seen violently slapping the girl and shouting at her for making ‘excess tea’. A statement released from her office says the Human Rights Minister  would need information about the location and also identity the…

Canada’s new $10 note highlights human rights significance

TORONTO: Canada’s upcoming $10 banknote, which depicts social justice defender Viola Desmond, tells a story of human rights. The new note, which will be issued in late 2018, is the first in Canada to have a vertical design and features images and symbols that represent the country’s ongoing pursuit of rights and freedoms. At the heart of the note is portrait subject Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman to be featured on a regularly circulating banknote. Desmond, a successful Black businesswoman, was jailed,…

Pakistan decries selective observance of international obligations

NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan has decried double standards in implementation of international obligations to protect civilians and prevent crimes against humanity. This ‘selectivity’ has meant that egregious crimes, including killings and mass blinding claim innocent victims in Indian-occupied Kashmir, are commuted in full view of the international community, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said while speaking in the General Assembly debate on responsibility to protect and prevent crimes against…