ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights, Senator
Kamran Micheal has said that Pakistan stands firm in its commitment
and accords top priority to children in ensuring their survival,
protection, development and participation rights.
In his message on the eve of Universal Children’s Day, he said
it is heartening to note that Pakistan joins the international
community to celebrate the Day with great fervour and enthusiasm.
“The celebration of this Day reminds us of our obligations and
commitments for the rights of our children,” he said.
“At the regional level, Pakistan is also signatory to the SAARC
Convention on Regional Arrangements for the Promotion of Child Welfare
in South Asia; and SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating
Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution”, HR minister said.
Despite the fact that Pakistan is facing many challenges, a number
of policy, legislative, administrative and programmatic measures have
been taken by the Ministry of Human Rights, Senator Kamran said.
The Ministry is implementing a National Plan of Action on Human
Rights which has an exclusive chapter on child protection, child Labour,
education and other measures for ending discrimination and violence
against children.
On March, 18th the Ministry of Human Rights has promulgated the
landmark legislation Criminal Law (Second Amendment) Act-2016 which
has raised the age of criminal responsibility from 7 year to 10 years
and set the upper threshold from 12 to 14 years, the minister added.
“Similarly, the new law has introduced punishments for cruelty to
child and child pornography for the first time. The implementation of
the law is a challenge ahead for which we are all prepared,” he further said.
“The Ministry of Human Rights has already drafted Islamabad
Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2016. The Juvenile Justice
System Bill, 2015 has also been drafted after elaborative consultations
at national and provincial levels”, he said
In order to effectively address the child protection issues, all
the stakeholders must put their efforts to ensure healthy growth and
development of children, he said. “This is our national duty to protect
the interests of children and provide them equal opportunities,” he
The minister said, “I hope that the relevant UN Agencies,
corporate sector, civil society organizations and media will play
proactive role in creating a protective environment for children.
May Allah bless us in this noble cause, Ameen”.