Govt to protect human rights at all cost: Michael




ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Senator Kamran Michael said on Friday that all out efforts would be made to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights, including rights of women, children and minorities.

He was talking to a European Union delegation that called on him.

He expressed his commitment for the effective implementation of the United Nations Conventions in pursuance to the Constitution of the Pakistan and international commitments.

The delegation was led by Jean Francois Cautain, the ambassador of EU in Pakistan. Officials of the Ministry of Human Rights were also present.

The delegation was briefed by Human Rights director general about the GSP Plus status and implementation of Human Rights conventions.

The delegation was also informed about the prevailing human rights situation in the country, including implementations of laws, policy and measures.

Kamran Michael said that the steps had been taken through a comprehensive strategy to ensure the promotion and protection of Human Rights particularly the rights of women, children and minorities. He said that the GSP Plus status had not only increased trade relations, but had also become a tool for supporting positive change in Pakistan.

“The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees the human rights protection and we at the Ministry of Human Rights ensure its implementations as it is our national obligation,” he said.

He said that steps had been taken including Hindu Marriage Act, 2016, Christian Marriage and Divorce (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Sindh Hindu Marriage Acts, 2016, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection of Communal Properties of Minority Community Act, 2014. He said that the delegation that district committees had been formed to protect the rights and redress the grievances of people at their doorstep. The delegation appreciated the endeavors of the incumbent government, especially the Ministry of Human Rights for the Protection and promotion of human rights and assured his full support in this regard.

Daily Times: Islamabad

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