Pakistan as a responsible state desires to protect refugees from the harmful effects of their plight, DG Prosecution

Peshawar: Director General Prosecution, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Asmat Ullah khan Gandapur said that SACH struggle for change is non-government nonprofit organization working to exterminate torture and violence from society and to protect marginalized communities.

The organization is not only supporting Pakistani community, but also focuses closely on the refugee population. SACH has been closely collaborating with various international organizations and embassies on human rights issues including refugee issues.

In such an endeavour, SACH has conducted a workshop in Peshawar on August 27, 2014 with the support of United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to hold discussion with Public Prosecutors regarding Refugee and IDPs.

Ms. Friederike Adlung, Senior Protection Officer from UNHCR welcomed all the participants. She shared the background, mandate and service of UNHCR of refugees and IDPs. Mr. Nasir Jalil, Protection Associate from UNHCR gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with audience that the organization is devoted to serve Refugees around the globe.

The discussion took place within the context of International Protection framework. The purpose of the workshop was to draw attention of the Public Prosecutors to millions of refugees , their legal status, rights of refugees and IDP’s in context of current situation /policy/status of registered Afghans and IDP’s

Mr. Awais-ur-Rehman, Task Manager from SACH – Struggle for Change shared in his introductory session of SACH –Struggle for change. He gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with audience that the organization is devoted to the victims of violence and torture. He also shared the service, activities and work of SACH for refugees.

Another key point in the workshop was highlighted by Ms. Wajiha from UNHCR and Mr. Bilal Khan from KP Child Protection Unit that was to highlight the prevalence and effects of Gender Based Violence and Child protection. The discussion took place in the context of Public Prosecution and role of law enforcement bodies.

The presence and effects of stress are very common in society. The importance of stress management has a very vital place now a day. Mr. Zia Ahmad (Senior Trainer, NIM) conducted a session regarding stress management and highlighted some very effective techniques to overcome stress.

The distinguished Chief Guest, Mr. Asmatullah Gandapur, DG Prosecution, thanked and appreciated the efforts and activities of SACH. He shared that Pakistan as a responsible state desires to protect refugees from the harmful effects of their plight.

He further added that the government of Pakistan believes that the refugees’ rights must be protected in the country of asylum. He also entitled the vital rule of law enforcement bodies in assuring the rights and better living of Refuges. At the end, he requested for the continuation of such kind of capacity building trainings.

Concluding remarks of the workshop were given by Mr. Jacques Franquin (Head of UNHCR, Sub Office Peshawar ) highlighted the importance of role of law enforcement bodies in assuring the improvement of Refugee problem. He shared that UNHCR is continuously coordinating with all the relevant authorities for the betterment of Refugees.

In the vote of thanks speech, Ms. Shazia Azhar, Project Coordinator from SACH shared that workshop will serve as a framework to develop better understandings regarding refugee’s lives and their conditions. She thanked chief guest, member from UNHCR, home department, Child Protection Unit KP and all participants for their active participation and make the activity successful.

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