Islamabad: Human rights actors were briefed on the 100-day program of the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) during the launch event of the Commission held on Thursday with the support of the Huqooq project. e-Pakistan funded by the EU. Parliamentarians, ambassadors, country heads of United Nations agencies and international NGOs, representatives of civil society organizations and government officials attended the event which began with a minute of silence for the victims of the army public school.
Bishop Samuel Robert Azraya also attended the event. The event also featured a fascinating literary performance by famous artist and director Sarmad Khosat who recited Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem “Aaj Kay Naam” as well as poems by Kishwar Naheed, Syeda Ayesha Hassan and Zehra Nigah. In his word of welcome.
NCHR President Rabiya Javeri Agha said that despite serious financial, human, capacity and regulatory constraints, the Commission is ready to undertake a difficult journey and looks forward to working with stakeholders to protect human rights. human rights in the country.
“It is with great pride and honor that I wish to announce the launch of NCHR after a two-year hiatus. We work with the guiding principles of inclusive leadership, empowerment of regional offices and fearless protection of human rights in Pakistan.
The President said that during the first 100 days, the priority of the Commission would be to start dealing with more than 1,734 pending complaints, to review human rights legislation, to draft policy briefs on rights and to start working on independent reports and research papers on human rights. In addition to this, she said the Commission plans to conduct an analysis of international treaties against national legislation in addition to developing a strategic plan, website and other social media platforms and launching the process. GANHRI accreditation. Another priority area would be to draft rules, regulations and take the necessary capacity building initiatives.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister of Human Rights, Dr. Shireen Mazari, said that after a long journey and many obstacles in the selection of the Commission, she was happy to attend the launch event. “The selection of this Commission is very encouraging. I have high hopes for the new team, ”she said. EU Delegation Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla said she was delighted to be relaunching NCHR. “The tasks ahead of us are immense and I wish the President and her members success. I am sure the NCHR is in very good hands, ”she said, adding that the EU has underlined the importance of human rights commissions and considers it essential to ensure the protection of human rights in a country.