In order to share Sindh Human Rights Commission’s(SHRC) achievement on the subject of Human Rights, the Commission launched its Annual Report for the year 2019-2020 on Thursday.
Despite outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent policy restrictions by the Government of Sindh, in the year 2019-2020 , a total of 728 inquiries were handled by the Commission, these were cases pertaining to human rights violations which were identified in 28 districts of Sindh. In these cases, Complaints filed with SHRC are 393 and 335 suo moto notices were taken on the basis of electronic, print media and alerts from NGOs, civil society and focal persons. A series of field visits were also conducted by the SHRC across the province of Sindh. Several seminars and consultations were also held on legal advocacy, Honor Killings, Improving roles of different Commission established by the Government of Sindh.
Another landmark achievement of the Commission during 2019-2020 was opening of its Sukkur office with a vision to ensure convenient outreach for the people of the Sukkur Division.
Mr. Adnan Ali Khaskhaly, Superintendent Complaints Enquiries & Suo-Moto Started the event and gave introduction of the Commission.
Mr. Aslam Shaikh, Judicial Member II, gave the opening remarks in the event and also said that there are 198 countries in the world and they all have same mandate in the context of Human Rights. Commission is trying the level best to resolve the issues of the masses and Commission worked in the days of the Pandemic too and with the 50% staff Commission was running its day to day business.
Mr. Nouman Shaikh, MNA-PPP said that human rights issue is the issue of our party too. We are working and watching things with the lens of the Human rights. He further said that people are afraid to register their case in any of the organization or Department as they are aware our judicial system and their lacking but still Human Rights is our top priority.
After that formally book was launched and then Mr. Sarfaraz Jamali, Superintendent Complaints Enquiries & Suo-Moto presented the presentation on the structure, powers & functions, record of cases, nature of petitions and also shared the recommendations which were prepared by the Commission and have been shared with the relevant provincial authorities.
He further describe that Commission completed eight years as an autonomous institution dedicated towards promotion and preservation of human rights. He shared that as we gather here to highlight the past year journey of the Commission that the report encapsulates.
He mentioned that some of the important issues that the Commission investigated and sent recommendations to the Government for swift action in line with the human rights agenda:
- Illegal extraction of granite from Nagarparkar at the Karoonjhar Hills and exploitation of the local labourers working for the mining activity;
- Tribal tensions in the Sukkur region and the prevalence of jirga system as a parallel justice system;
- Consultation on Honour Killings;
- Increase in suicide rate in Tharparkar;
- Promotion of the well-being of sanitary workers and agriculture workers;
The Commission took cognizance of many such issues and forward recommendations before the government authorities for effective implementation of laws and policies.
The Commission is trying its best to fulfill its mandate and is committed to make the Sukkur office fully equipped to function nonstop for the redressal of human rights violations. Hence, one of the major reasons behind launching the annual report here is to create awareness among the masses that Commission is now functioning in this region.
He also shared the 2 future plan of the Commission
- Start Divisional level office
- 24 hours helpline
Other Participants were Ms. Farhat Simi, MPA-PPP/Member SHRC, Ms. Pushpa Kumari, Member SHRC, Ms. Bushra Mansoor, Assistant Commissioner, Sukkur, Mr.Akhtar, Additional Commissioner, Sukkur,, staff of the Director student affairs, Begum Nusrat Bhtto Women University Sukkur NGO’s representatives, Media and Police Personnel, Government officials, SHRC Staff including Mr. Asim Kareem, Mr. Yousuf, Ms. Fareeda Tahir, Ms. Beenish, Mr. Rehan, Mr. Yasir, Mr.Talha
In the end Ms. Kulsoom Akhtar Chandio, MPA-PPP/Member SHRC gave the vote of thanks note.