Human Rights Abuses in Sindh(Land Disputes-Tribal Killings, Crime against Women, Sexual Harassment in Universities) was held on Wednesday-16-02-2022 @Hyderabad Press Club

Posted: February 17, 2022 in News and Views

A Civil Society Moot on current Human Rights Abuses in Sindh
(Land Disputes-Tribal Killings, Crime against Women, Sexual Harassment in Universities) was held on Wednesday-16-02-2022 @Hyderabad Press Club
Event was organised by a group of right based activists including Zulfiqar Halepoto, Ali Palh, Zulfiqar Qadri and others under the title of concerned citizens of sindh”
Event was aimed to discuss and deliberate upon the recent wave of violence in society and suggest way forward-
The concept of interactive dialogue was to engage citizens to lobby with relevant stakeholders to influence them to take actions, implementation and do legislation-
Another objective was to initiate recommendations after participatory approach of engaging representative voices of people from different sectors of society-
Focus was to engage Gender. peace, women and human rights activists, academia, lawyers, writers, intellectuals and concerned citizens to speak their minds-

Resolution:

Civil Society/Human rights Defenders gathered today discussed, deliberated issues faced by Sindh and its people and unanimously passed a resolution which include following demands:

· All civil society actors and defenders should unity on one point agenda which is issues and challenges of Sindh regardless of the political affiliation, creed, and other differences.
· Human Rights in Sindh should be dealt by a dedicated ministry and a provincial committee which should include activists from all geographical zones, working on different themes, represents different communities, citizens of different faith and orientations.
· Implementation of Sindh (Repeal of the Police Act, 1861 and Revival of Police Order, 2002). (Amendment) Bill, 2019, activation of The Sindh Public Safety and Police Complaints Commission and formation of districts committees through the procedure laid down in the act for improvement in police working, efficiency and conduct.
· Betterment in police recruitment so no criminal wears uniform and commits fake encounters and other crimes against innocent citizens
· Immediate action against culprits, mafias, builders, corporations involved in land grabbing other human rights violations
· Implement all pro women laws with sincerity, dedication, commitment and will and legislate new laws with bona fide and real intention of empowering women. And revision of laws in the light of feedback from Bar Associations, human rights defenders, National Human Rights Institutions, women groups, judiciary and other actors and stakeholders.
· Prevention of anti- women customs including honor killing through laws and implementation of courts decisions on them
· Ensuring Independence of judiciary and efficient administration of criminal and civil justice system and equal representation of women in judiciary
· Digitalization of revenue record and use of information and other technology in buying selling of land to avoid land disputes. Implementation of Anti Sexual Harrasment laws in Universities and other institutions and their monitoring. For preventing sexual harassment in educational institutions through exams, tests interviews, exam copies should be shows to all students and their parents for transparency, camera monitoring for interviews, and other steps. Dedicated police post in each university with female police staff for prompt response to protection needs of female students, medical and other lodging facilities for female students. Appointment of wardens for hostels for limited period and only two tenures.
· Psycho social support provision in all educational institutions along with sports activities
· Steps and measures by Sindh and Federal Government and human rights ministries for women children transgender friendly societies
· Seminars symposium on human rights, women rights sexual harassment prevention in Universities and participation of civil society and parents in them
· Bar Associations should establish legalaid forum and Sindh & Federal Government should provide legalaid to vulnerable individuals community for getting justice
· Home Ministry of Sindh should be separated from CMship of Sindh province
· Anti-Corruption Department should be made effective and efficient and its image and character should be improved
· Federal Investigation Offices should be established in all divisions of Sindh in first phase and second phase in all districts of Sindh
· Growers, peasants rights should be protected and Sindh Government should withdraw its appeal against decision of Sindh High Court |Ghulam Ali Laghari in favor of Haris regarding health insurance, land rights etc
· Human rights defenders should be protected and law should be enacted for their protection.
· Vice Chancellors of all universities of Sindh should be recruited n merit and funds and budgets of these universities should be increased
· All absconders should be immediately arrested
· Misuse of Anti Terrorism Act, irrigation laws should be stopped against political opponents
· National Human Rights Institutions including Sindh Human Rights Commissions, Sindh Commission on Status of Women, Sindh Commission on Rights to Information should be re-designed as per paris principle internationally recognized principle for ensuring their independence and increasing their outreach.

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