Chaudhry Ahsan Premee
ISLAMABAD:(APS) December 10, 2014:“Intolerance and impatience is not the problem of a particular religion, rather it is a human problem, which can be addressed through behavioral change” expressed Barrister Zafar Ullah Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs, while addressing as Chief Guest, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, celebrated today. The function was organized by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights in collaboration with the Asia Foundation.
The Chief Guest highlighted the greater need for awareness and education on Human Rights to promote tolerance in the society. He also emphasized on the protection of Rights of vulnerable and weaker segments of the society including minorities, women & children. ”The Government has taken concrete steps to ensure protection of human rights in the country in line with the national and international commitments” he apprised. He appreciated the efforts of Human Rights Defenders and announced that next year, on the event of International Human Rights Day, the Government would give them awards in recognition of their services for the cause of Human Rights.
On this occasion, the Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, Pakistan, Mr. Gareth Aicken distributed awards among the REAT Network’s Human Rights Defenders who worked for minorities.
Welcoming the participants, Mr. Justice ®, Muhammad Raza Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights expressed that protection of Human Rights is guided by the Islamic injunctions and the Constitution of Pakistan. He said that Islam enjoins upon us the sacred task of upholding the dignity and protection of human beings. “Islam establishes equality for all human beings and provides for an environment of peaceful co-existence and non-discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, color, sex, race and religion”, he added. He called upon the public and private development partners and media to come forward and play a significant role to ameliorate human rights situation in the country. He appreciated efforts of the team of Human Rights Wing, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights and The Asia Foundation for organizing the event. Representatives of Embassy of Netherlands, The Asia Foundation and UN-Women also shared their views on the occasion.
A large number of participants including Ambassadors and representatives of UN Agencies, INGOs/ NGOs as well as Government Officers attended the event.