LAHORE: The National Human Rights Commission (NCHR), in collaboration with the EU-funded Huqooq-e-Pakistan (HeP) project, organized a civil society consultation as part of the consultative process to the Commission’s four-year strategic plan.

Chaired by NCHR President Rabiya Javeri Agha and chaired by HeP lead expert Dr Osama Siddique, the consultation allowed participants to express their views on the human rights situation in Pakistan and their level knowledge of the role and mandate of the NCHR.

Participants also had in-depth discussions on the functions of the NCHR and the means of effective collaboration between the Commission and human rights stakeholders, in particular the general public.

In her welcoming remarks, NCHR President Rabiya Javeri Agha said that the views and recommendations from these consultations would be taken into account when preparing the NCHR strategic plan and determining next steps for the Commission.

The President declared that the Commission is a body with a broad mandate. “NCHR finds its impetus and strength in civil society. The Commission believes in inclusive leadership and collaboration. Our doors are open to engage with CSOs and we hope to work towards a common goal where human rights are realized and protected without discrimination, ”she said. Dr Osama Siddique said that developing the Commission’s strategic plan through consultations with civil society and government across Pakistan ensured that diverse perspectives were taken into account as NCHR charts its plan for them. years to come. He said that human rights are a complex cross-cutting field and that it is extremely important that there is more synergies and cooperation between all those who present themselves as guardians of human rights. In his remarks, NCHR member Punjab Nadeem Ashraf highlighted the collective efforts to protect and promote human rights in the country. Participants shared a wide range of opinions to design a pragmatic strategic plan for NCHR.