Growing rights violations: Restoration of human rights ministry proposed -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Growing rights violations: Restoration of human rights ministry proposed

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: A Senate subcommittee has recommended the restoration of a full-fledged, independent human rights ministry to effectively handle human rights-related issues.

The subcommittee of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights made the recommendations at a meeting chaired by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Tuesday.

Senator Mushahid also recommended a journalist defence fund to help journalists victimised by violence and terrorism, and creating a ministry of disaster management because of the high number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to natural and man-made disasters.

The panel also suggested declaring the subject of human rights compulsory in all training institutes for law-enforcement agencies, including police, armed forces, intelligence and civil administration.

According to the subcommittee, a host of issues related to human rights are left unaddressed due to the absence of a ministry.

Mushahid, who is vocal about the rights of working journalists, said that the proposed fund would help media persons injured or targeted in the line of duty.

Express Tribune


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