Separate cells in prisons needed for transgender, disable to cater their needs: Mazari


Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen M Mazari on Monday while chairing the meeting of commission formed by Islamabad High Court (IHC) on jail reforms to finalise its report said there should be separate cells for transgender and people with disabilities to cater their needs.
Dr. Shireen Mazari also instructed the participants of meeting to operationalize the recommendations in their respective provinces.
Secretary of Ministry of Human Rights Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha briefed the participants about the recommendations of the report.
She highlighted that the recommendations were based on Nelson Mandela guidelines adopted by UN and Bangkok rules which deals with female prisoners. The main recommendations included capacity building of staff of prisons and appointment of medical staff of prisons at vacant seat. The report will be submitted to Islamabad High Court before January 18, 2020.
The meeting was attended by Iqbal Hussain Special Secretary Home, Home Department Punjab, Babar Qadeer, Additional Secretary, Home Department Sindh, Mirza Shahid Saleem Baig, Punjab Prison, Asghar Ali Deputy Secretary ,Ministry of National Health Services, Muhammad Arshad Director General Ministry of Human Rights, Col. Taj Sultan ,Additional Inspector General Prison Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa, Syed Hammed Ullah , Additional Inspector General Prisons Baluchistan ,Dr. Tariq Additional Secretary , Ministry of Interior and Mr. Irfan Bashir, Ministry of Human Rights.—INP