MoHR Press Release 04-12-2018 Islamabad: A two day workshop titled “Protection and Promotion of Human Rights The Role of Provincial Assemblies” was held at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services here in Islamabad on Tuesday. Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen M Mazari was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the workshop which was attended by the members of the four provincial and two legislative assemblies. Besides, Mr Zafarullah Khan, Exective Director PIPS, Mr Javed Malik , Country Representative DRI and Mr Christopher Shields , Team Leader SUBAI were also among the attendants. Addressing the inaugural session, Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari stressed upon the members of Provincial and Legislative Assemblies to focus upon Human Rights issues and raise their voice in their respective assemblies to protect and promote the human rights on priority. She stated that the protection of Human Rights was a pre-requisite to stability of democracy in the country. The Minister, while talking about the role of provincial assemblies in protection and propagation of Human Rights said the constitution of Pakistan guarantees the protection of Human Rights. She said we are committed to ensure the rights of all our citizens without any discrimination adding that steps are being taken to ensure the implementation of International commitments in pursuance to our Constitution. Dr Mazari further said we have very comprehensive agenda besides implementation of existing laws; we are working on devising new legislation to protect the rights of citizens. She mentioned submitting a draft for "Domestic Workers Bill" for the protection of domestic workers to the Law Ministry including three more bills and said that it would soon be presented in the National Assembly. The minister also highlighted the ministry s resolve on creating awareness about Human Rights issues among the masses adding that Human Rights Ministry has already started awareness campaigns for women’s right to inheritance and provision of free legal aid to the women. She said that the issue of enforced disappearances ought to be resolved by taking all stakeholders on board and we are committed to resolving this issue on priority basis. She reiterated her firm commitment to take all possible measures for the protection of basic rights and said protection of human rights was the top most priority of incumbent government. She said unlike in Europe, non Muslim communities in Pakistan have been provided their own laws, in this connection Hindu Divorce and Marriage law already passed and Christian Divorce bill will be presented in National Assembly soon. The workshop was also addressed by Executive Director PIPS, Zafarullah Khan, Javed Malik, Representative DRI and others.
MoHR Press Release 03-12-2018 Islamabad: Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon called on Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday here in Islamabad. They discussed the different matters related to the protection of human rights particularly in GB. Shireen Mazari apprised the Governor about different steps which have been taken for the protection of basic rights of our citizens. Governor acknowledged and appreciated the endeavors of incumbent government especially the ministry for the protection of human rights. Islamabad: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari on Monday said that we are committed to protect the basic rights of people with disabilities and mainstreaming them across all spheres of life. In her message on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities the Human Rights Minister said steps are being taken in this regard and Bill to protect the rights of Persons with Disabilities is now ready to be presented before parliament so it can become law. “But legislation is not enough - change in societal thinking is equally critical”, she added.
MoHR Press Release 03-12-2018 Islamabad: A representative delegation of the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners led by Barrister Haya Emaan Zahid, Secretary to the Committee has called on the Federal Minister for Human rights Dr. Shireen M Mazari here in Islamabad on Monday. They discussed various human rights related issues especially the rights of prisoners. Delegation apprised the Minister about their work and the steps which have been taken for the empowerment of prisoners and the protection of their rights in Sindh. The Minister appreciated the efforts of the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners in Sindh and assured her full support in this regard.
MoHR Press Release 03-12-2018 Islamabad: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen M Mazari met Facebook Delegation including Mr. Simon Milner, VP of APAC Public Policy for Facebook, accompanied by Mr. Sarim Aziz, Head of Public Policy for Facebook Pakistan and Ms. Sehar Tariq, Public Policy Manager for Facebook Pakistan and Digital Media specialist Mr. Imran Ghazali. Dr. 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 24/7 helpline that caters to human rights reports from across Pakistan and provides free legal counselling to the Pakistani citizens. Furthermore, Dr. Shireen Mazari said that new technology plays a very important role in today’s world and government is taking steps to build the capacity of teams to that these online tools can be used to quickly resolve the citizens problems. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also mentioned the Women Inheritance Rights Law, Transgender rights law, Zainab Alert Act, 2018 and other awareness campaigns the ministry is working on to address human rights issues. Mr. Milner offered full support to the ministry’s initiatives and said Facebook will help the government of Pakistan, civil society and NGOs in Pakistan raise awareness about human rights issues. The Minister also discussed the issue of fake news, and Facebook outlined the work it has undertaken to fight false news through a combination of technology, including removing fake accounts, partnering with fact-checkers, and promoting news literacy in Pakistan.
MoHR Press Release 01-12-2018 Islamabad: Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen M Mazari along with Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Aamir Mehmood Kiyani on Saturday inaugurated the separate ward, first of its kind for transgender at PIMS hospital in Islamabad. New ward has been allocated for the transgender where they will be treated for free; separate doctors for transgender patients will be available. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shireen Mazari said that securing human rights of people is our top priority. She said that the government is taking indiscriminate measures to ensure human rights and provision of basic health facilities to all our citizens. This step of establishment of separate ward for transgender has been taken as part of Transgender Law 2018, she added. Shireen Mazari appreciated the Health Minister Aamir Mehmood Kiani for taking the step. She said all provincial health ministers have been asked to establish separate wards for transgender and ensure best possible health facilities. Dr Mazari further said role of nurses cannot be ignored adding that those nurses and female doctors who face any problem or harassment can call on Ministry of Human Rights’ helpline 1099 and lodge complaints to seek legal assistance.