738 cases of human rights violations reported in Sindh: Report

The 7th annual report of the Sindh Human Rights Commission revealed that a total of 738 cases of human rights violations were reported in Sindh Province between 2022 and 2023. The report was launched at a local hotel in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Justice (R) Majida Rizvi, the Chairperson of the Sindh Human Rights Commission, highlighted key points from the report. She mentioned that the Commission received 738 complaints related to human rights violations from all 28 districts of Sindh. Out of these cases, 251 were taken up based on information from electronic media, newspapers, alerts from NGOs, civil society, and focal persons. The Commission entertained 487 of the complaints.

In addition to handling complaints, the Commission fulfilled its mandate by conducting field visits, organizing public hearings, reviewing legislation concerning human rights violations, recommending new laws, conducting research on emerging trends of rights violations (particularly in the context of Countering Violent Extremism), and providing training to government officials on GSP+ and CVE, as well as Hindu Marriage Laws throughout the province.

Recently, the Commission recommended the Sindh Minority Commission Bill and the Sindh Compensation for the Civilian Victims of Terrorism Bill, both of which were approved by the Home Ministry.

Over the past year, the Commission successfully collaborated with various civil society organizations, including the Aurat Foundation, Legal Aid Society, Community World Service Asia, and TDEA FAFEN. These partnerships played a crucial role in achieving the Commission’s goals and objectives, receiving widespread recognition for their success.

The Commission remains committed to working closely with civil society actors in the future to advance its mission and make a positive impact on the lives of people in the province.

The annual report launch serves as an opportunity to showcase the progress made by the Commission and the Government of Sindh in institutionalizing human rights in the province. It also highlights the achievements that have been accomplished in this regard.

Justice Nadeem Akhtar, addressing the ceremony as the chief guest, expressed optimism about the increased reporting of human rights violation cases, which indicates a growing awareness and recognition of the need to challenge the status quo. He strongly endorsed the recommendations presented in the report and encouraged all stakeholders, fact-finding agencies, and departments to implement the well-researched recommendations and strategies.

Member Judicial-II Mohammad Aslam Shaikh, as well as Misbha Khan and Muneeza Khan from the Aurat Foundation, also addressed the ceremony.

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