Need stressed to defend human rights

KARACHI: Protecting and highlighting the human issues is the responsibility of every citizen, as a large number of people in the world including Pakistan face several kinds of socio-economic problems.

Leaders of civil society, humanitarian organizations and journalists said this in a five-days capacity building workshop on “Basic Concept and Skills for Human Defenders Work”, organized by Democratic Commission for Human Development & DAI-EDACE as part of its program at local hotel on Wednesday.

Justice (retd) Majida Rizvi, Abdullah Shah from Provincial Ombudsman office (The Protection against Harassment of Women at the Work Place) senior journalist Wusatullah Khan, Karamat Ali from Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Asad Iqbal Butt of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Mehnaz Rehman from Aurat Foundation, Zulfiqar Shah, Qazi Khizer, philanthropist Iqbal Detho, Tanveer Jahan and Arshad Mehmood spoke on the occasion.

Program coordinator Arshad Mahmood said in his opening remarks that human rights defenders are facing a very hostile situation as citizens of Pakistan. He said it is state’s responsibility to protect HRDs.

Zulfiqar Shah said that minority rights situation in Pakistan is going worse day by day. He said that there is long list of violation the basic human rights. He said that in the constitution of 1973, the state of Pakistan recognizes fundamental rights to every citizen irrespective of race, creed, colour and religion so the state should provide security to minorities and HRDs working for minority rights.

Iqbal Detho shared a brief historical perspective of the United Nations declaration on human rights. He also briefed participants about the international treaties and commitments Pakistan has made.

On the last day of the training session, senior journalist Wusatullah Khan said human rights issues are more newsworthy now as compared to the past. He said media plays the role of “watchdog” that investigate and publish the cases of human rights abuse.

Karamat Ali said that man will have to accept the other people irrespective of he belongs to a particular community or race. He said if we really like of serve the people than we would have to leave thinking of a limited mind.

Mehnaz Rehman said that this is the time that woman should compete with man in every sector.

Asad Iqbal Butt said where there will be a poor situation regarding the human rights than it would to be difficult to embrace democratic system. He said due to this factor people will be divided into groups.

In the end, training certificates were distributed among 35 participants belonging to different parts of Sindh.

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