The 4th meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Human Rights Government of Sindh was held under the chairmanship of Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Human Rights Surendar Valasai at the Sindh Assembly Committee room today.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Human Rights Department Sindh Javed Sibghatullah Mahar, senior officials of Home, Police, Education, Health, Minority Affairs, Planning and Development and other relevant Departments.
Addressing the meeting, Surendar Valasai said that the main objective of the Provincial Task Force on Human Rights is to ensure protection of the rights provided to the people in the Constitution in this regard and timely submission of progress reports by the line departments to international treaty bodies (such as GSP+/Universal Periodic Review /UN conventions on Human Rights) to the federal government as mentioned in implementation of Human Rights Action Plan 2016.
He appreciated the progress reports they submitted and valuable suggestions of the members and added that Sindh government has done immense progress in meeting the human rights obligations. However, there was strong need of feeding these developments into the national Human Rights Management Information System for onward transmission to the international bodies.
Secretary Human Rights presented the importance of provincial Task Force to implement the Action Plan by highlighting all actions pertaining to the concerned members/ line departments. The UNDP master trainer, Munir Ahmed briefed about the software HRIMS Sindh through which the reporting mechanism is being digitalized in Sindh after December 2021. Surendar Valasai said that PPP government as per the vision of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has assigned top priority to the human rights issues and he is personally monitoring the progress in the regard. PPP’s commitment to the human rights can be gauged from the fact that out of 7 international treaties related to Human Rights were ratified during the PPP governments in the Center, he added.
He pointed that all line departments are already working on implementation of different action plans pertaining to Human Rights through different legislative and institutional reform but it’s time to consolidate and compile the valuable data for onward submission to federal government/international Treaty bodies.