Judiciary to ensure protection of Human Rights -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Judiciary to ensure protection of Human Rights

By: Bari Baloch

QUETTA: Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Qazi Faez Esa has said that since the judiciary had taken up the issue of missing persons, the number of cases pertaining to missing persons had reduced with recovery of 95 persons as well.

“No institution has the authority to cross its Constitutional limits, however, protection of human rights is responsibility of the judiciary,” he stated this while addressing a concluding ceremony of 16-days of activism against violence organised by UNHCR at local hotel, on Monday.

He said that judiciary is striving to ensure protection for the human rights enshrined in the Constitution.

“As many as 95 missing persons have reached home since the judiciary took notice against the increasing incidents of people missing from parts of the province while 40 to 45 more case are under hearing,” he said, adding, doors of court are always open for those who wanted to seek justice from the courts.

He said that the Constitution gave equal rights to all its citizens thus the women were also enjoying equal rights to men. Similarly, he said that freedom of expression and freedom of Press were also part of the Constitution but they should be used through civilised manner.

UNHCR Balochistan’s head Charles Lynch regretted that despite efforts to create awareness amongst the people the incidents of violence on sexual and gender discrimination did not decrease. “Some cultural and other factors are hurdle in behind this discrimination,” he added.

He said that UNHCR with the collaboration of Human Rights and government organisations organised a 16-day successful campaign against violence on children and women.

He noted that despite increase awareness of sexual and gender based violence and efforts to combat it and an alarming number of women continue to face this violation of their rights largely due to the gender inequality.

Director Human Rights Balochistan region Saeed Ahmed Khan and other speakers also addressed on the occasion.

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