Islamabad, February 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): The Federal Government of Pakistan, through the Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) is keen to ensure the full participation and promotion of transgender persons’ rights, said Dr. Shireen Mazari, Federal Minister, Ministry of Human Rights. She further said that our government took special initiatives to ensure rights of transgenders which include health cards and special wards in PIMS hospital. We have also prepared posters on transgender rights for public awareness. This workshop will help to sensitize police and implement transgender laws.
Fulfilling their commitment to further the rights of transgender persons, MoHR, in collaboration with Huqooq-e-Pakistan, conducted a Gender Sensitization Workshop “Charting the way ahead for Police Engagement with Transgender Persons”. The purpose of the workshop is to present Ministry of Human Rights’ draft guidelines for police engagement with transgender persons to police officials from Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi.
The purpose is also to solicit feedback and comments from police officials in order to finalize the guidelines. Assisted by prominent members of the transgender community including representatives from the National Implementation Committee for the Rights of the Transgender persons, the aim of the workshop is to seek comments and feedback from police officials in order to formally finalize and adopt the guidelines. “Keeping in line with international best practices, these guidelines chart out the appropriate treatment of transgender persons who encounter police officials” said Aisha Mughal, Transgender rights Expert and Focal person at the Ministry of Human Rights.
Law enforcement agencies play a pivotal role in ensuring that all citizens including and especially the transgender community treated fairly and with dignity. The draft guidelines detail the procedures for law enforcement agencies such as the appropriate form of addressing transgender persons to procedures pertaining to detention and stop and search. “This is the first of many steps MoHR intends to take in order to fulfill its commitment to the transgender community and ensure the implementation of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018” said Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights.
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