Supremacy of Constitution is vital to protect fundamental rights of citizens: Speakers

Roundtable dialogue in connection with HRs Day

Staff Reporter

Supremacy of constitution is vital to protect fundamental rights of citizens. Collaborative efforts need to be undertaken for ensuring rule of law, equality of citizenship, freedom of expression, merit and independence of judiciary to ensure provision of fundamental rights.
It was resolved by the participants at the roundtable dialogue organized by National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), Inter University Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences Pakistan (IUCPSS) and Centre of Civic Education Pakistan (CCEP) at Preston University Islamabad.
The event was organized in connection with International Human Rights Day 2017 which was attended by diplomats, academicians, media representatives and members of civil society.
In his introductory remarks, National Coordinator IUCPSS, Muhammad Murtaza Noor stated that Constitution is considered as social contract between the state and its citizens.
In Pakistan, Fundamental Rights are enshrined in the 1973 Constitution as the entire chapter No. 1 of the Constitution contains articles about the fundamental rights from the articles 8 to 28. It further states that adequate provisions shall be made to safeguard the legitimate interests of minorities, backward and depressed classes.
Ch. Muhammad Shafique Member NCHR shed light over the history of human rights and main function of National Commission for Human Rights. He was of the view that all the human rights documents including last address by Holy Prophet PBUH and Charter of Medina were based upon two main principles of equality and dignity. There is dire need to include essence and main articles related to human rights agreements in curriculum at all tiers of education.

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