MoHR Press Release 18-09-2018 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights; Dr. Shireen M Mazari showed her grave concerns over the violation of basic human rights and Seizing the religious freedom to practice their religion freely and in the form of abuse of Islam by some European states against their Muslim citizens, She urged the international community to take prompt action in this regard and to play a decisive role not only in seeking an end to the violation but to restore and protect their human right in the pursuance of the Human Rights European Convention. She expressed these concerns during a meeting with a delegation of European Union headed by Jean-François Cautain; Ambassador of the European Union in Pakistan here in Islamabad on Tuesday. The delegation was comprised of Political Counsellor Frank-Olivier Roux and Human Rights Counsellor Javeria Kabani and others. High officials of the Human Rights Ministry also attended the meeting. They remain with the minister for some time and discussed bilateral cooperation and matters of mutual interest with particular reference to the human rights including the rights of women and minorities in particular. Matters related the protection of the basic human rights of Muslim community in European states also came under discussion. Addressing the delegation, the Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has said that Muslim community have been facing the impediments to practice their religion freely adding that Muslims in some European states had been deprived from their basic human rights. We do have the serious issues in this regard and everyday Human Rights situation is becoming worst, she added. Minister Dr Mazari briefed the delegation regarding the prevailing human rights situation in the country. She also apprised them about the steps which have been taken for the protection of human rights including the rights of women and minorities. She further said that all the minorities in Pakistan have religious freedom and they are enjoying complete freedom as equal citizen of the beloved nation. She assured that all out efforts would be made to ensure the promotion and protection of their basic rights.She further showed her commitment for the effective implementation of the United Nations Conventions in pursuance to the constitution of the Pakistan and International commitments. Human Rights Minister also apprised the EU Ambassador about the steps to ensure the protection of Human Rights particularly the rights of women, children and minorities. She said we are working on three further bills including Anti Torture and Custodial Death, Rights of Persons with Disability and Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, the draft of the bills has been forwarded to the Law Ministry for vetting and further process to present before the cabinet. Shireen Mazari said besides the implementation of Hindu Marriage Act, the ministry had drawn up a new Christian divorce bill for the National Assembly. EU Ambassador appreciated the steps of government especially the Ministry of Human Rights for the Protection and promotion of Human Rights and successful awareness campaign about Women’s right to inheritance.Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also assured her complete support in this regard.
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MoHR Press Release II 17-09-2018 Islamabad: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari met with delegation of UNDP led by the Country Director , Ignacio Artaza on Monday to discuss the matters related to the Human Rights. Matters relating to mutual cooperation in technical and other assistance and capacity building training programme at provincial level also came under discussion. The UNDP delegation appreciated the government and its efforts to protect and promote the fundamental rights of people. Shireen Mazari assured her full support in this regard.
MoHR Press Release 17-09-2018 Islamabad: Australian Ambassador for Women while appreciating the steps and efforts of the Government of Pakistan for successful legislation to ensure the human rights including the rights of women, children and minorities, has said that incumbent Govt especially ministry of Human Rights was very vigilant and active in solving the issues and protecting the rights of women and minorities in particular. Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari has said that we are committed to not only protect the rights of women and minorities abut also makes them economically sound, which is our top priority. She was talking to the visiting Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone along with the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms Margaret Adamson who called on her in Islamabad on Monday. High officials of the ministry were also among the attendants. They exchanged views on gender equality and protection of Human Rights especially the rights of women and girls. Human Rights Minister apprised the Australian Ambassador for Women about the steps to ensure the promotion and protection of Human Rights particularly the rights of women, children and minorities. She said we are working on three further bills including Anti Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention & Punishment) Bill 2018, Pakistan Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, 2018 and Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2018 adding that the draft of the bills has been forwarded to the Law Ministry for vetting and further process to present before the cabinet. She also informed about prevailing Human Rights situation in the country including implementations of laws, policy and measures. Shireen Mazari said besides the implementation of Hindu Marriage Act, the ministry had drawn up a new Christian divorce bill for the National Assembly. The Australia’s Ambassador for women and High Commissioner to Pakistan appreciated the endeavours of government especially the Ministry of Human Rights for the Protection and promotion of Human Rights and sucessful awareness drive about Women’s right to inheritance and Minister assured her full support in this regard.
MoHR Press Release 15-09-2018 ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari has said that our youth were the future builders of Nation and all out efforts are being made to provide them facilities of sports and healthy activities so that they could take part in the development of country. In this regard, the minister said to promote anti drug activities, sincere efforts are being made at all levels and we are committed to eliminate the menace of drugs from our society once and for all. In this regard, she urged the urged everyone to come forward and play their due role to enhance the awareness in this regard. She showed her commitment to allocate maximum possible resources for promotion of sports and anti drug activities. Addressing as the chief guest at the Rugby match organized by Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation (KKAWF) at the Pakistan Sports Board, Sports Complex Islamabad on Saturday in Islamabad, she appreciated the KKAWF for organizing the event and said that incumbent government would continue sincere efforts for positive and anti drug activities. She also lauded young players for their successful participation in the match and distributed the prizes and trophies among the winners of the rugby match and congratulated them. On the occasion, Dr Mazari said that the basic aim of the event is to promote constructive recreational activities; indeed, there can never be two opinions about importance of sports in promoting healthy civic norms in any society. She said we are aware of our duties and efforts are being made to engage the youth in healthy activities like sports to discourage the use of drugs to save the future of Nation. She said to eliminate this menace of use of drugs first we have to recognize the issue so that we could take pragmatic measures through comprehensive strategy to stop the drug use in this regard. She stressed the need of holding similar sports activities in entire country. It is also the best contribution which one can make for ensuring better future of coming generations. The Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari has said that all out efforts would be made to encourage sports and anti drug activities in the country. Earlier on her arrival at the sports ground, she was warmly welcomed by the organizers. The event was also attended by large number of students, youth, players, members of civil society along with their family members.