Sindh to call conference on human rights
Karachi: A conference would be organised in Hyderabad in the next week to create awareness among the masses about Sindh Human Rights Act, 2011.
Anis Haroon, the Sindh caretaker minister for human rights and women development, announced this at a meeting held on Saturday to review the progress of the projects running under the department.
She said the caretaker government had taken initiatives to enforce and establish the Sindh Human Rights Commission as per the law, which was passed by the Sindh Assembly in 2011.
The minister was surprised to know that no one took the imitative to enforce the act. She vowed to take up the matter with the Sindh caretaker chief minister. Haroon said a toll-free number 0800-00011 was activated at the department that would work from 9:00am to 8:00pm. The department received about 2,000 applications for financial help out of which 500 applications have been verified from the Zakat Council and social welfare officers of their districts. The rest of the applications are being scrutinised. She directed the human rights department director to provide immediate financial help to the 500 people registered with the department who have been verified.
The minister was told that a panel of advocates had been deputed at the department to provide free legal aid to people unable to pay the fees of lawyers.
The department has also called a tender to provide medicines to the needy people and to organise free medical camps.
Source: The News