SHIREEN MAZARI INAUGURATES WEB-PORTAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS

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Human rights department with collaboration of SFJ organized a ceremony regarding launching of web-portal to streamline treaty reporting for strengthening of human rights & GSP plus status at a private hotel, here today. Federal Minister for Human Right Dr Shireen Mazari graced the ceremony as chief guest, Provincial Minister Ijaz Alam Augustine and other members of Punjab Assembly along with High commissioner of Australian and EU also attended  the ceremony.  Secretary HR Tariq Mahmood delivered welcome speech and highlighted the performance of HR&MA department. Barristor Saeed Nasir gave detailed briefing, saying that the Punjab Treaty Implementation Cell, HR&MA Department, Government of the Punjab aims at implementation of international Treaty Obligations of Pakistan. Treaty Implementation Cell is manned with professional human resource comprising of experts in international law backed by an IT team as well. PTIC is working on the international Treaty commitments of Pakistan to identify the gaps in implementation of the said treaties. PTIC intends to digitalize the reporting mechanism in Punjab to make it more efficient and reliable. Dr Shireen Mazari applauded the performance of HR department and hoped that web-portal would be beneficial in resolving the issues of masses. She showed her grave concern over the violations and the threat of further worse violations of human rights, alongside the looming threats of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Indian occupied Kashmir. Dr Mazari drew the attention of the UN& Australian HC to the massive human rights violations committed by India against the people of Kashmir, in a blatant and forceful attempt to deny the latter their right to self-determination including the Gender-Based Violence as a weapon of war, Communications shutdown, Imposition of a curfew, Arbitrary arrests and detentions; arrests of political leaders, Religious persecution and violations against children. Provincial minister Ijaz Alam said in his address that Government of the Punjab established Treaty Implementation Cell to deal with treaty obligations and manned it with international law experts backed by an able IT team. The Punjab Treaty Implementation Cell (PTIC), HR&MA Department has a mandate of timely communication of UN/EU observations, consolidation of reports for Federal TIC/ Government, intervention in policy and laws to align them with international obligations of Pakistan and spreading awareness about international obligations. All the participants acknowledged the efforts done by Human Rights department for the protection of human rights. At the end of ceremony Dr. Shireen Mazari inaugurated web-portal by switch a button. Ijaz Alam also gave a memorial shield to the federal minister.

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