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The Sitting of the National Assembly has been adjourned to meet again on Thursday, the 1st December, 2022 at 5.00 p.m. |In pursuance of the powers conferred by proviso to rule 4 of the Parliament (Joint Sittings) Rules, 1973, the Honourable Speaker has been pleased to call a joint sitting on Tuesday, the 20th December, 2022 at 4.00 p.m. instead of Friday, the 18th November, 2022 at 4.00 p.m.
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The Standing Committee on Human Rights meets

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022

17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, in Committee Room No. 7 (fourth floor) Parliament House. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. After a brief introduction of the participants, the Committee decided to proceed as per agenda items. 

 

A sub-Committee was constituted under the convener-ship of Ms. Zaib Jaffer, MNA, to thoroughly examine the plight of refugees, particularly Afghan refugees and other stateless people in the country, including its social, political and economic impact, implementation or otherwise of various policy decisions announced from time to time and to propose a comprehensive legislative and policy reform to address the issue.

The Chairperson National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) briefed the Committee regarding the Commission. She informed that The NCRC is constituted by the federal Government of Pakistan in 2020 in accordance with its international obligations i.e., United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC). The Commission has an overarching mandate for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of child rights. The NCRC has to ensure that all laws, policies, programs and administrative mechanisms are aligned with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The functions of the Commission included examining existing or proposed legislations and administrative instruments and  proposals related to child rights and make recommendation as appropriate. The Commission also build liaison with federal and provincial commissions set up under provincial laws and other concerned provincial organizations. Moreover, it advises the Federal Government to sign, ratify or accede to any such proposed  international treaties. The Committee showed concerns over the financial and administrative issues faced by the Commission and directed to resolve them immediately. 

The Member NCRC Islamabad Capital Territory, briefed the Committee regarding progress on program activities relating to ICT. It was informed that for amendment in NCRC Act, the Commission held consultations with the Government for amendment in the NCRC Act in Jan 2022. The Committee was also briefed about engagement with the Federal Government and Stakeholders on Children’s Rights Reforms. For law reforms, the Commission is also holding regular meetings with MoHR, government departments, parliamentarians, senators, UN and international agencies, Commission, civil society organizations. The Member NCRC Khyber Pakhtunkwa informed about engagement with the Government of KP to Amend KP Child Protection and Welfare Act, 2019. He informed that for this purpose several meetings were held with govt. departments, media, Parliamentarians, other stakeholders including UNICEF. He also informed about monitoring Child Rights Violations and complaints handling mechanism.The Member NCRC Punjab briefed the Committee about the meetings with key stakeholders including media to introduce Child Protection Legislative Reforms in Punjab and  Punjab Child Protection Bill 2021. The Member Sindh NCRC informed that the Commission reviewed and Proposed Amendments in Sindh Child Protection Authority Act, 2011. And due to NCRC intervention, amendments in Sindh Child Protection Authority were approved in April 2021. Moreover, Amendments in Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013 were proposed. The other achievements  of the Commission include review of the Rules of Sindh Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Act 2016; Child Protection Case Management and Referral System in Sindh and Recommendations to the Sindh Provincial Human Rights. 

Honorable Members Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Ms. Shams Un Nisa, Mr.Naveed Aamir Jeva, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNAs, attended the meeting.