Launch of an orientation directory to strengthen the rule of law

LAHORE: Oxfam Pakistan, in collaboration with Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), organized the Orientation Directory Launch Ceremony and Juvenile Justice Act (JJSA) 2018 Review Report Delivery and the Zainab alert, the Punjab Women’s Protection Authority (PWPA) rules and the Punjab Police Rights Code of Conduct to foster the rule of law here on Friday.

Nadeemur Rehman, Secretary of the Department of Human and Minority Rights, Punjab and Sumaira Samad, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare inaugurated the reference directory. Azhar Abbas presented the introduction and purpose of the reference directory and its importance.

Asad Muzaffar, AIG Gender Punjab Police, Ihtisham Qadir Ex-Attorney General Punjab, Shahnawaz Khan SPO Regional Coordinator, Iftikhar Ahmed Rao Ex-Additional Chief Secretary, Irshad Waheed DG PWPA, Muneezay Women Protection Officer PWPA Multan, Waheed Ahmed Director Punjab Commission on the Status of Women, Umar Hayat, Deputy Director of PCSW were also present on this occasion.

Oxfam in Pakistan is implementing its project ‘Improving Access to Fair, Legitimate and Effective Justice in Pakistan’, with SPO in Muzaffargarh and Khanewal districts.

The project focuses on the legal empowerment of citizens and builds trust-building between citizens and formal justice institutions. Citizens from these two districts also participated in the conference, where they shared their experiences with the justice sector and presented their recommendations on improvements that can be made to ensure better access to the justice system.

Mehnaz Fareed, Vice President of the SPO, applauded Oxfam’s contribution to improving citizens’ access to justice by improving trust between citizens and justice providers.

Asma Kiran, Oxfam Pakistan Team Leader, highlighted the need to open up spaces where marginalized groups can access justice and engage justice officials and providers. There is no doubt that societies with stronger rule of law tend to enjoy higher economic growth, less inequality and better health and education outcomes, she said. declared.

Presentations on the PWPA Rules, Human Rights Code of Conduct for Punjab Police, a study to assess and assess the status of implementation of the “Justice System Act for Juveniles, 2018 and the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2020” were presented by consultants.

Nadeemur Rehman spoke about the need to strengthen the rule of law through technical assistance, policy development aimed at building capacity and improving the skills of justice providers. Sumaira Samad, Secretary of the Social Welfare Department, was the chief guest on the occasion. She said her department would do its best for the approval of the Punjab Women’s Protection Authority Rules Act 2017 by the cabinet.

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