Facilities demanded for Sindh HR commission

Karachi: Noted human rights lawyer and president of Lawyers For Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) has asked the Sindh government to provide facilities to the Commission for protection of human rights.

He said the commission works as per the Sindh Protection of Human Rights Act 2011 (notified on 30th April 2013). It consists of a chairperson, six members and a secretary. The rules of business for the commission were submitted in May 2013 to the chief minister Sindh and notified in Feb 2014. However, the terms & conditions of the commission were approved but not notified as yet.

Awan said the budget for the commission for the year 013-014 was submitted in May 013 but was not included in the provincial budget. The request for out of budget approval has not been approved so far for the year 2013-013.

He said the commission is working without any staff except a few clerical staff assigned from another department. It initially started working from the premises of Directorate of Human Rights Department, but in January 014 a two-room office was allotted to it in the old Sindh Secretariat building.

He said the Sindh government has initiated a good step by notifying this commission but it seems the government is reluctant to take its ownership. He said the commission may be provided needed facilities so that it can function fully as the situation of human right is worsening in the province. The government should take urgent steps to make the commission fully functional.

Justice (retd) Majida Rizvi is the chairperson of Sindh Human Right Commission, who has also served as the first chairperson of “National Commission on the Status of Women”, at Islamabad and the Sindh government should utilize her expertise along with other members of the Commission for the betterment of Human Rights in Sindh.

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