International obligations: ‘Human Rights Defenders’ to be appointed nationwide (in Pakistan)

The Express TRIBUNE

In order to meet international obligations, the Ministry of Human Rights is to appoint ‘human rights defenders’ at the union council level (the smallest administrative unit) across the country.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar confirmed the move and told The Express Tribune that in addition, the government plans to introduce human rights as a subject in school curricula.

He added, however, that since education is a provincial subject, he was not clear as to what grade in school would be agreed upon by the provinces to teach Human Rights to. Khokhar said that at the federal level at least, the subject will be taught at training institutes for civil services, police academies and other institutes. The adviser explained that he has already been given a go-ahead to make a draft law in this regard.

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