In the run-up to the World Day Against Child Labour, Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari on Thursday inaugurated the Aitzaz Hasan Child Protection Institute in Islamabad.
Established under the Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Act 2018, the Institute was drafted by the Ministry of Human Rights to protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury, neglect, maltreatment, exploitation and abuse. The Institute will provide protection services to vulnerable and at-risk children.
On this occasion, Dr. Mazari reiterated the government’s commitment to safeguarding the rights of children and eliminating child labor in all of its forms, stressing its physical and psychological dangers.
“Ensuring the rights of children is a key priority of the present government and the new Child Protection Institute is a significant milestone in this concentrated effort to prevent the abuse, injury and exploitation of children in Pakistan,” she said.
Dr Mazari said that the Institute would help provide rescue, shelter, counseling, family tracing and rehabilitation services to street children, child labourers or children who were trafficked, lost and neglected.