Islamabad: H. Gajus Scheltema, Ambassador and Mr. Johannes Smeets, Advisor on Good Governance of the Embassy of the Netherlands have called on the Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights, Mr. Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar on 3rd of November at his office.
The Advisor has discussed the mutual area of support and interest by highlighting with them his role in removing reservations on ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) and CAT (Convention Against Torture).
He has also mentioned about the legislative initiatives for addressing human rights issues e.g. Women distress and relief bill which has been approved, NCHR (National Commission on Human Rights), and NCW (National Commission on Women) bills have been tabled and resultantly the said commissions will be formed soon.
He has further mentioned about the National Policy on Human Rights which will be prepared indigenously and its draft will be completed after the Eid. The Advisor has informed him about long and sustained media campaign for de radicalization of society which will be initiated by identifying three core issues like terrorism, domestic violence and religious freedom.
He has particularly mentioned about the Alternative Grievances Mechanism for addressing gross human rights violations at gross roots level.
Gajus Scheltema, ambassador and Mr. Johannes Smeets, Advisor Good Governance of the Embassy of the Netherlands while appreciating the efforts of the Advisor have offered the Ministry to identify mutual area of interest and support for appeasing human rights situation in Pakistan and creating national harmony and also bringing into place corporate social responsibility in Pakistan.
They have informed the Advisor about their Human Rights Programme in Pakistan. They have assured the Advisor of their continued support and cooperation in the cause of human rights in Pakistan.
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