National Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill to constitute a national commission to protect children rights with majority vote.
Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar moved the National Commission on the Rights of Child Bill, 2017 in House.
The minister said the bill was meeting all international standards and the Commission would be an independent body as majority of its members would be from outside the government.
Shireen Mazari, Nafeesa Shah, Dr Arif Alvi and Shazia Mari raised some concerns over autonomy of the Commission and contradiction in age limit in term of child marriages and criminal laws.
The Bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons Says: “Pakistan ratified the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1990 and its Optional Protocol on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and child pornography in 2011, thus obliged to implement these instruments and report progress to the UN committee on the Rights of the Child Geneva every five years.
The UN committee on the Rights of the Child while considering Pakistan’s 3rd and 4th periodic report during 2009 urged the government of Pakistan to establish an independent commission to monitor, protect and promote rights of the child.
The NCR of the child bill, 2015 had been prepared to fulfill our obligations under different International Conventions in general and the UNCHR in particular.