Peasants, workers urged to organise themselves to eliminate bonded labour


Hyderabad—Speakers at a workshop on “Bonded Labour Laws and rights”, organized by Human rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) have called upon the peasants and workers to forge unity under one umbrella against bonded labour in Sindh.
According to a press release issued here on Friday, the Secretary General HRCP I.A Rehman said that Bonded Labour System Abolition Act was passed in 1992 after great sacrifices of peasants and labourers, but despite passage of 24 years, the implementation of the Act is still awaited.
“We have to review the situation and come up with concrete strategy regarding the hurdles in the implementation of Bonded Labour System Abolition Act 2016 to ensure the elimination of bonded labour from the Sindh province”, he added. Speaking on the occasion, founder member HRCP Hussain Naqi underlined the need of launching a movement for implementation of the Act adding that, “We cannot launch movement, until we are united under one umbrellaâ. The freed bonded labourers should form organization to put pressure on the government to get the implementation of Act in letter and spirit, he suggested.
Peasants Rights Activist Taj Marri said that under this law, the vigilance committee was not made functional since then. The issue of bonded labour could not be resolved without having the said committee, he said and suggesting to form networking of different NGOs or other Trade Unions headed by HRCP to develop the pressure on the government to get it implemented and remove gaps and lapse in the existing laws made for elimination of bonded labor. Among others, Sikander Brohi from Participatory Development Institute (PDI) and Ghulam Hyder Chief Executive Officer of Green Development Organization also addressed the participants of the workshop.
The event was also attended among others by journalist Suhail Sangi, peasants’ activists Veeru Kolhan and Veerji Kolhi and Asad Butt.—APP