PAKISTAN: Ministry of Human Rights of government of Pakistan on Wednesday arranged a day-long awareness and Sensitization Workshop for Quetta Police officials to educate them on laws related to ‘Child Abuse’ and Transgenders rights in the light of national and internarional laws.
The workshop was conducted at Quetta Police Lines Academy which was attended by 20 police officers of different ranks.
Regional Director of ministry of Human Rights Daniyal Sarwar Khan in hus presentation said that Ministry of Human Right’s commitment to ensure the protection of Human Rights especially the rights of Children, Women and Transgenders. He said Pakistan’s constitutional and international obligations also protect the rights of everyone.
“Apart from introducing landmark legislation, Ministry of Human Rights is also playing its role in capacity building and awareness-raising of relevant stakeholders with respect to these laws so that Human Rights violations can be prevented”, Danyal said. He added thar It was intolerable that in the year 2021, children and transgenders still have to live in an unsafe and exploitative environment and frequently face abuse.
The resource person said they encourage the efforts of the Ministry of Human Rights for arranging this workshop.
Sajjad Haider Tareen, Addtional Inspector General(AIG) Baluchistan Police in his welcome note said that Human Rights laws are given priority in western countries whereas in Pakistan there was lack of awareness regarding Human Rights laws and Police only knows about legal provisions within CRPC and PPC.
He said upon the directions of Inspector General (IG) Balochistan, all the officers of Balochistan Police have installed the PCP app in their mobile phones already. He said the participants that their learning from the workshop should have a trickle-down effect as all police representatives need to have the knowledge of laws and Human Rights as frontline workers.
The workshop focused on two main legislations i.e. Zainab Alert Response and Recovery Act 2020, and Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018.
The participants were also informed about Government’s Redressal Mechanism that is in place in Baluchistan (Quetta), especially Regional Directorate of Human Rights in Quetta, that provides referral to the survivors of Human Rights violations in Baluchistan.