Islamabad, December 03, 2018 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen M Mazari met Facebook Delegation including Mr. Simon Milner, VP of APAC Public Policy for Facebook, accompanied by Mr. Sarim Aziz, Head of Public Policy for Facebook Pakistan and Ms. Sehar Tariq, Public Policy Manager for Facebook Pakistan and Digital Media specialist Mr. Imran Ghazali. Dr. Mazari told the Facebook team about various initiatives taken by the ministry to address Human Rights issues. She told the team that the ministry has a 24/7 helpline that caters to human rights reports from across Pakistan and provides free legal counselling to the Pakistani citizens.
Furthermore, Dr. Shireen Mazari said that new technology plays a very important role in today’s world and government is taking steps to build the capacity of teams so that these online tools can be used to quickly resolve the citizens problems. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also mentioned the Women Inheritance Rights Law, Transgender rights law, Zainab Alert Act, 2018 and other awareness campaigns the ministry is working on to address human rights issues. Mr. Milner offered full support to the ministry’s initiatives and said Facebook will help the government of Pakistan, civil society and NGOs in Pakistan in raising awareness about human rights issues.
The Minister also discussed the issue of fake news, and Facebook outlined the work it has undertaken to fight false news through a combination of technology, including removing fake accounts, partnering with fact-checkers, and promoting news literacy in Pakistan. A representative delegation of the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners led by Barrister Haya Emaan Zahid, Secretary to the Committee has called on the Federal Minister for Human rights Dr. Shireen M Mazari here in Islamabad on Monday. They discussed various human rights related issues especially the rights of prisoners.
Delegation apprised the Minister about their work and the steps which have been taken for the empowerment of prisoners and the protection of their rights in Sindh. The Minister appreciated the efforts of the Committee for the Welfare of Prisoners in Sindh and assured her full support in this regard.
Further more, Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon called on Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday here in Islamabad. They discussed the different matters related to the protection of human rights particularly in GB. Shireen Mazari apprised the Governor about different steps which have been taken for the protection of basic rights of our citizens. Governor acknowledged and appreciated the endeavours of incumbent government especially the ministry for the protection of human rights.
Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari on Monday said that we are committed to protect the basic rights of people with disabilities and mainstreaming them across all spheres of life. In her message on the occasion of ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ the Human Rights Minister said steps are being taken in this regard and Bill to protect the rights of Persons with Disabilities is now ready to be presented before parliament so it can become law. “But legislation is not enough – change in societal thinking is equally critical”, she added.
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