Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) in partnership with the European Union has set up Pakistan’s first Human Rights Information Resource Portal.
The portal has been envisioned to serve as a central repository of up-to-date and cutting-edge human rights knowledge for students, academics, practitioners and the citizenry at large.
On Wednesday, the statement was issued according to which the human rights ministry said the portal would be the source of increasing awareness regarding human rights laws, practices and gaps, facilitating the development of new initiatives, research, policies and solutions in the field of human rights in Pakistan.
It also includes comprehensive material on Pakistan’s domestic institutional human rights framework and international commitments.
Relevant reports and publications would also be hosted that have been published by the government, civil society organizations and UN agencies on critical human rights issues.
As per the ministry statement, the portal will be helpful for users in a way that they would be enabled to learn about rights guaranteed to them through the Constitution as well as federal and provincial legislation.
“Laws are categorized according to provinces as well as thematic areas including civil, political and economic rights, child rights; women rights and rights of minorities,” the ministry said in its statement.
Speaking about the launch of the portal, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said: “The Human Rights Resource Portal is an important and innovative initiative that increases the availability and accessibility of information that is integral for promulgating greater awareness about human rights in Pakistan. Ultimately we are hopeful that it will cultivate greater civic engagement and play a part in creating an enabling environment for citizens to exercise their rights in Pakistan.”
Secretary for Human Rights Inamullah Khan also spoke about the significance of this initiative.
“The collaboration between the European Union in Pakistan and the Ministry of Human Rights in establishing this portal is a quintessential step towards ensuring good governance. The platform will ensure that students, academics, practitioners, policymakers and the general public have access to updated and relevant information for the protection and promotion of human rights in Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, European Union Ambassador Androulla Kaminara said, “Access to information is crucial for citizens in an open democratic and transparent society. The comprehensive collection and digitalization of key information about human rights in Pakistan and open access to all Pakistani citizens is an important step towards this goal.”