Baluchistan to formulate first human rights policy
Islamabad: To strengthen the protection, promotion and enforcement of human rights, the Baluchistan government, with the support of Huqooq-e-Pakistan project (HeP), will develop its first human rights policy. The policy will be developed after consultation with all stakeholders. The policy will also build upon legislative and policy initiatives already undertaken by the Baluchistan government and expand the scope and scale of future endeavors.
“Balochistan will have its human rights policy through a province-led process. To be formulated under the guidance of the Social Welfare and Human Rights Department, this policy is aimed at mainstreaming human rights standards throughout the administrative and government structures at the provincial level,” said Barrister Salman Afridi, HeP’s Policy Expert.
Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai welcomed the commencement of activities in the province by the European Union funded Promotion of Human Rights in Pakistan (Huqooq-e-Pakistan) project. The governor was responding to a briefing by a HeP delegation led by Senior Key Expert Ali Dayan Hasan. Senior HeP Policy Expert Barrister Salman Afridi, Training Expert Usama Nasim and HeP Baluchistan Coordinator Sultan Mohammad also briefed the Governor on project interventions planned for the province under the EU’s flagship human rights project.
The HEP is a European Union (EU) funded programmer with the objective of supporting the continued efforts of the government of Pakistan for the promotion of human rights. The purpose of the programmer is to strengthen the institutional and policy framework at the federal and the provincial level for the promotion and protection of human rights.
The project will undertake several other initiatives in Baluchistan to strengthen human rights protection mechanisms. Explaining a few initiatives, senior key expert HeP programmer Ali Dayan Hasan said that the project is supporting deployment of young experts from the province in Social Welfare and Human Rights Department to bridge human-resource gaps in successfully carrying out its mandate.
“Besides that, several trainings will be organized under this initiative on Pakistan’s international human rights obligations, human rights documentation, data collection and enhancement of IT skills,” said Hasan, adding that the project will also be working on developing human rights knowledge base of the Baluchistan HR related departments through the provision of e-journals, e-databases and publications.
He said that another major activity will be the formulation of guidelines for cooperation and collaboration between provincial Human Rights Departments and the Federal Ministry of Human Rights.
Newspaper: The News