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Government of Pakistan is committed to upholding the rights of people

Islamabad: Pakistan joins the world community in celebrating International Human Rights Day on December 10. The day marks the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

The Day provides us an opportunity to take stock of the state of human rights and spread its awareness. This year, the spotlight remains on rights of all people including women, youth, persons with disabilities, minorities and the marginalized.

A progressive, balanced and just society is the one, which ensures that rights of all of its citizens are safeguarded through political, legal, economic, cultural and social instruments and frameworks. For any state to achieve durable peace and foster democracy, it is imperative that it puts in place mechanism aimed at ensuring that rights of the people are protected.

Islamabad: Islam is a champion of the cause of human rights. It establishes the concept of equality for all human beings. Islam provides an environment of peaceful co-existence, free of any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, colour, sex, race and religion.

The . The establishment of a separate Ministry of Human Rights in 2008 at the federal level represents the government’s resolve to mainstream the human rights agenda into public policy.

Women, children and marginalized sections of society are more vulnerable to exploitation. The government has, therefore, undertaken key legal, economic and administrative reforms for women empowerment in line with the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. In addition to increasing the women job quota in the public sector, the government has enacted legislation to end women’s harassment and exploitation, and restore their rights in accordance with law and religious teachings. The appointment of Women Ombudsperson is yet another initiative to address problems of the working women.

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