SHRC to open office in Sukkur soon, report on religious minority issues in preparation

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KARACHI (ENNS) The Sindh Human Rights Commission Committee comprising Justice (R) Majida Razvi (Chairperson, SHRC), Abida Lodhi (Secretary, SHRC) and Adnan Ali Khaskhaly (Superintendent Complaint, Enquiries &Suo-Motu) recently visited Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur and Larkana districts.

In order make the outreach of public convenient to the people of Zone Larkana and Sukkur which is quite volatile region when it comes to Human Rights Violations, the Commission has decided to open its branch office in Sukkur at Women Development Department building where the complainants from Northern Sindh will be catered.
The plan has been finalized and the opening of Sukkur office will take place soon.
The Commission also held a meeting with the Civil Society in Sukkur, wherein the SHRC team was apprised about the current situation of Human Rights violations in Sukkur Zone. The team was informed that the Human Rights situation has been worsened specially in the context of Jirga, violence against women and children, education and health. After the meeting, the Commission urged the civil society members to increase their outreach till the far flung villages and report the cases to the Commission for immediate redressal.
The Commission held a meeting with the Government officials and Civil Society at DC office @ MirpurMathelo and Khairpur respectively. The Commission was apprised about the current Human Rights situation by the respective Deputy Commissioners in the presence of other officials of the district. It was identified that the subject matters of education and health require drastic and immediate reforms. Furthermore, the issue of Minorities with regards to harassment and forced conversion & Jirga/tribal system and tribal warfare is the source of major Human Rights violations in the district which requires immediate redressal. In this regard the Commission is conducting research on the subject matter for identifying how Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) could be taken as a replacement of Jirga System. The Commission would further deliberate upon the issue and give holistic recommendations to the Government in order to establish the writ of Human Rights in the tribal belt of the province.

The Commission also chaired a meeting with Minority Rights groups in Ghotki which was attended by various Panchayat leaders, and other religious minority groups in the area. The Commission was informed that issues of harassment with minorities, forced conversions, attack on Minority’s worship places and issue non-issuance of CNIC cards to the scheduled cast members are quite prevalent in District Ghotki. The Commission asked the members of the Community to give each issue in writing so that necessary action may be taken for redressal. Furthermore, it was also stressed that liaison between the Civil Society actors and the Commission should be strengthened in the interest of promotion and protection of Human Rights.
The Commission also visited the minor rape survivor baby Alisha and inquired about her health conditions and current status of her case and ordered the authorities to follow up on the case efficiently and effectively.
The Commission is currently working on formulating its detailed report on the above mentioned deliberations and a holistic strategy to improve the outreach of the Commission.

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