Govt focuses to enforce human rights' protection laws: Shireen Mazari.

ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen M. Mazari has said the government is focusing on implementation of laws pertaining to the protection of human rights.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Monday, she said child domestic labor has been proscribed through a piece of legislation. She said the provincial governments will also be requested to follow the suit.

The Minister for Human Rights said we have one of the most progressive law regarding the rights of transgenders. She said progress has been made to implement it. A transgender center is being established to extend help to this community.

She said under Juvenile Justice System Act, juvenile courts have been established in the federal capital, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

The Minister said that other laws such as those relating to the senior citizens, journalists, persons with disabilities and minorities are also on the cards.

Shireen Mazari said campaigns have been launched to create awareness amongst the people about child abuse and women inheritance rights.

Shireen Mazari emphasized the progress the Ministry has been in terms of strengthening grievance redressal mechanisms including the establishment of the 1099 national helpline application as well as the Zainab alert on the Pakistan Citizen's Portal for missing children. Video animations developed by the Ministry to raise awareness about these initiatives as well as the recently launched Human Rights Resource Portal were also showcased at the event.

Shireen Mazari also emphasized the progress of the Ministry of Human Rights in terms of overcoming gaps in legislation to ensure that the rights of citizens, particularly the vulnerable, are protected. Recently, the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance 2020 was enacted to protect the rights of women...

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