Balochistan govt to formulate first-ever Provincial HR policy

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad

In order to strengthen protection, promotion and enforcement of human rights in Balochistan, the provincial government with the support of the European Union (EU)-funded Huqooq-e-Pakistan project (HeP), is all set to develop its first human rights policy in the province.
Under the HeP, the Balochistan government institutions will consult with all provincial stakeholders to develop a policy which will build upon legislative and policy initiatives already undertaken by the Balochistan government and expand the scope and scale of future endeavours.
“Balochistan will have its human rights policy through a province-led process and it will be formulated under the guidance of the Social Welfare and Human Rights Department, this policy is aimed at mainstreaming human rights standards throughout the administrative and government structures at the provincial level,” said Barrister Salman Afridi, HeP’s Policy Expert.
Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai welcomed the commencement of activities in the province by the European Union funded Promotion of Human Rights in Pakistan (Huqooq-e-Pakistan) project.
The governor was responding to a briefing by a HeP delegation led by Senior Key Expert Ali Dayan Hasan. Senior HeP Policy Expert Barrister Salman Afridi, Training Expert Usama Nasim and HeP Balochistan Coordinator Sultan Mohammad also briefed the Governor on project interventions planned for the province under the EU’s flagship human rights project.
The HeP is a European Union (EU) funded programme with the objective to support the continued efforts of the government of Pakistan for the promotion of human rights.