Australian ambassador appreciates govt efforts to ensure human rights

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APP86-17 ISLAMABAD: September 17 - Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen M Mazari talking to the Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr. Sharman Stone along with the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ms. Margaret Adamson. APP

ISLAMABAD, Sep 17 (APP):Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone on Monday appreciated the steps and efforts of the Pakistani government for successful legislation to ensure the human rights including the rights of women, children and minorities.
She said that the incumbent government, especially Ministry of Human Rights, was very vigilant and active in solving the issues and protecting the rights of women and minorities.
Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari talking to the ambassador said that the government was committed to not only protect the rights of women and minorities, but also make them economically sound.
The visiting Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone along with the Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson called on Dr Mazari here.
High officials of the ministry were also among the attendants.They exchanged views on gender equality and protection of human rights especially the rights of women and girls.
Dr Mazari apprised Dr Stone about the steps for ensuring the promotion and protection of human rights, particularly the rights of women, children and minorities.
She said we are working on three further bills including Anti Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention & Punishment) Bill 2018, Pakistan Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, 2018 and Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2018. The draft of the bills had been forwarded to the law ministry for vetting and further process to present before the cabinet, she added.
Dr Mazari also informed about prevailing human rights situation in the country including implementation of laws, policy and measures. She said besides the implementation of Hindu Marriage Act, the ministry had drawn up a new Christian divorce bill for the National Assembly, a press release said.
The Australia’s Ambassador for Women and the High Commissioner to Pakistan appreciated the endeavours of the government, especially the Ministry of Human Rights for the protection and promotion of human rights and sucessful awareness drive about women’s right to inheritance.