Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook


14520 human rights violations during two years, NA told

Posted by
Published: May 19, 2016 05:54 pm

5297 cases of human rights violation lodged in a year

ISLAMABAD, May 19, 2016: As many as 14520 cases of human rights violations were identified by the government during the years 2014 and 2015, the Ministry of Human Rights informed the National Assembly on Wednesday.

The information was provided during the Question Hour in response to a query submitted by S. A. Iqbal Qadri of MQM. The violations identified by the government included the incidents of burning, acid throwing, murder, targeted killings, domestic violence, honour-crimes, kidnapping, minorities’ issues, rape, violence against children and women.

According to the ministry, these cases were taken up with relevant authorities for redressal. Moreover, the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), established on May 29, 2015 has conducted 50 inquiries into the complaints regarding human rights violations and taken six suo moto notices since December 2015.

The suo moto notices were taken on the Mina Hajj tragedy, provision of dangerous injections to cancer patients, human rights infringements by Drug Regulatory Authority, forced conversions of religious minorities in Mandi Bahauddin, death of workers in Kashmir Sugar Mills Shorkot and death by poisonous sweets in Layyah. The commission was in process of finalizing its finding in three of these notices.

The National Assembly was also informed that the Commission was working without a permanent head at present due to expiration of the tenure of former Chairperson of the Commission Ms. Khawar Mumtaz on January 1, 2016. The government told that process for appointment of a Chairperson has been initiated.

The Commission also conducted a fact finding inquiry into deaths due to malnutrition in Tharparkar and visited the region during March to assess situation of the area affected by droughts. The Commission identified the limited access to food, underdevelopment, scarce health-care services e.g. ambulances, doctors, unsupervised births and unclean drinking water supply as main reasons for deterioration of the situation.

The report along with its recommendations was also communicated to Government of Sindh for appropriate action and was shared with the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights. The Committee recently took up the issue and showed its dissatisfaction over the performance of the provincial government.

Posted by on May 19, 2016. Filed under Latest Post,National Assembly,Questions National Assembly. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry