Upper House of Parliament has passed unanimously the Juvenile Justice System (Amendment) Bill, 2021; the Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the National Commission on the Rights of the Child (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
These bills were passed in the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, while Senator Walid Iqbal was in the on chair.
Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari briefed the Committee of the nature of the amendments that were minor and introduced to replace the word “Government” with the “concerned department” in order to avoid delays and bring clarity in view of the Mustafa Impex Case.
She added that these amendments would ensure timeliness as issues would be dealt by the Ministry concerned rather than the Cabinet.
Senator Seeme Ezdi, Senator Falak Naz, Senator Qurrat ul Ain Marri, Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo and senior officers of the Ministry of Human Rights along with its attached departments and agencies attended the meeting.
Senator Keshu Bai was a Special Invitee.
While taking up the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Amendment) Bill; members of the Committee stressed the need for detailed deliberation that would entail spending more time on the reviewing the Bill.
It was asserted that there were numerous loopholes in the legislation that would have to be addressed.
Chairman Committee, Senator Walid Iqbal, in view of public uproar against the Bill recommended that women rights groups and other human rights organizations be consulted.
Emphasizing the need for stakeholder involvement, he said that this was an important piece of legislation that merits thorough assessment. The Committee decided to conduct a Public Hearing on the matter on 6th December.