Ministry of Human Rights celebrated International “White Cane Safety day”

MoHR Press Release Dated: 15 th October, 2019 Today on 15 th October, Directorate General of Special Education, Ministry of Human Rights has celebrated the “White Cane Safety day,” in the auditorium of National Institute of Special Education. Federal Minister of Human Rights Mrs. Shireen Mazari graced the occasion in solidarity of visually impaired Children and adults. She pledged in her speech that the Government will do everything for the protection of rights persons with special needs. A bill this regard will be moved in next session of National Assembly. She also informed the audience that she had sent letters of to all Vice Chancellors of Public Universities that they should impart education to persons with disabilities, either free or with subsidized fee so that they should become valuable and active members of society. Dr. Mazari said that her ministry would help every citizen in their lives and rights ensured in state of MADINA. CDA has been directed to make Islamabad accessible to all and at the same time State Bank has made many ATM’s accessible for visually impaired. She further announced that in near future they are going to issue driving license for hearing impaired persons. Government is striving to make better opportunities of employment for persons with special needs with the help of NGOs. She was happy to watch the amazing performance of children of Al- Maktoom Special Education Centre and from other centers who presented beautiful programmes on the ocean of White Cane Safety Day. The Director General Special Education while addressing on the occasion mentioned that the “White Cane Safety Day” reminds us the plight of all persons with special needs and how to cope. These celebrations help make people sensitize the general public to highlight the issues of persons with special needs. People now can recognize the White Cane and its importance for holders. Mrs. Munnaza Gillani of “Sight savers” also spoke on the occasion and insured her cooperation in future for the welfare programmers of visually impaired persons. Mrs. Rabia Javeri Agha, the federal secretary for Human Rights specially attended the occasion and distributed White Cane among children and appreciated the performance of special children who presented beautiful items including tableaus on White Cane Safety Day.

MoHR Press Release Dated: 23-09-2019 Islamabad: Ambassador of Netherlands to Pakistan Willen Wouter Plomp called on the Human Rights Minister Dr. Shireen M Mazari here in Islamabad on Monday. Different issues related to human rights particularly women empowerment including the minorities, women and children rights were discussed. It was also affirmed to work collectively to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights in the country. Minister apprised the Ambassador about different steps which have been taken to protect and promote human rights in Pakistan. Minister for human rights Dr. Shireen Mazari shared that non Muslims living in Pakistan have been provided their own personal laws and government is committed to safeguard their basic rights. Minister shared protection of human rights was the top most priority of incumbent government and also shared that incumbent government and ministry of human rights is equally vigilant about the rights of transgender community. Law to protect rights of transgender are being implemented and they are given free medical and health facilities at PIMS, Islamabad. Separate ward has been established in PIMS hospital to provide them best health facilities. Minister for human rights added that protection of human rights was the key priority of the incumbent government besides implementation of existing laws, new laws are being formulated. Dr. Mazari shared that Ministry for human rights is well aware of this fact that awareness campaigns are inevitable to educate the people. Ministry of Human rights is running various awareness campaigns and different awareness programs are also underway especially related to women inheritance and to prevent child abuse. On this occasion, Dr. Shireen Mazari showed her deep concern over the massive human rights violations and deteriorating human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Ambassador appreciated the different endeavours taken by incumbent government and shared his intention to work collectively for ensuring basic human rights and emphasized on mutual collaboration in the area of human rights. Minister for human rights Dr. Mazari extended her full support and cooperation in this regard. Ambassador told the Minister about the Dutch Human Rights Minister’s plan to come to Pakistan and to collaborate in various sectors of human rights. Minister said we are committed to ensure the basic rights of our citizens in pursuance to our Constitution and International commitments without any kind of discrimination. She stated we are working on several bills including Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Domestic workers including the Christian Divorce Bill. Federal minister expressed that we have very comprehensive agenda and apprised the Ambassador about the steps which have been taken for the protection of human rights.