On 03rd July 2019, ALAC-II team organized one-Day training workshop for Police officials on “ Human & Refugee Rights in the light of relevant Laws and notifications” to sensitize police officials on Human and Refugees Rights in Pakistan.
- ALAC-II Team
- Representative of UNHCR
- 44 Police Officials of ASI Rank from different areas of Faisalabad
- Afzal Nazir SSP Legal Faisalabad.
Venue of Activity and Date:
- RPO Office Conference Hall Faisalabad
- 03rd July 2019
Registration of Participants: The workshop started with the registration of the Participants.
Recitation of Holy Quran: Mr. Sardar Ali SI started with the name of Mighty ALLAH and recited the Holy verses of Quran Kareem.
Mr. Ali Usman Butt formally welcomed the honorable guests and the participants.
Welcome Address by Mr. Hamid Latif Field Manager SHARP Lahore:
He welcomed the honorable and worthy Participants for sparing their valuable time to attend the above workshop. He initiated the session with introduction of participants and panelists / speakers.
Presentation on SHARP and Human Rights by Mr. Mudassar Javed (Project Director SHARP):
Mr. Mudassar welcomed the participants with the introduction of Society for Human Rights and Prisoners Aid (SHARP) an Islamabad based non-governmental organization (NGO) established since 1999.
He briefly described that SHARP, its mandate and its projects for the society and refugees in collaboration with National and International organizations.
Mr. Mudassar discussed in detail about human rights, definitions of different terminologies and also highlighted the characteristics of human rights.
He highlighted the core international legal instruments on human rights including the UDHR, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He finally went onto thank Police officials for their support and assured them that he can be contacted for any assistance.
Refugees Rights and UNHCR Mandate by Waseem Rehman (UNHCR) along with Informative Information on Foreigner’s Act 1946
Mr. Waseem provided a fascinating presentation on the issue of refugees in Pakistan, especially on the base of the current situation Pakistan faces. His presentation was based around the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees internationally and in Pakistan.
Mr. Waseem highlighed the convention relating to the status of refugees and presented facts and figures including the date the convention was adopted, its entry into force, number of parties involved, number of articles and chapters involved. He continued presenting facts with the information regarding the 1951 Convention and its 1967 protocol including Articles that fall under this Convention. He briefed participants regarding status of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and said that now Afghan Refugees can live legally in Pakistan till 30th June 2018.
Mr. Waseem briefed the Obligation of Refugees, 1951 Convention in detail that in the country of asylum (Art. 2), United Nations (Art 1.F).
Address by Chief Guest Mr. Mohammad Afzal Nazir SSP Legal Faisalabad:
Mr. Afzal graced the closing session of the workshop as Chief Guest. He diligently observed the entire workshop, appreciated, and congratulated SHARP for arranging such a wonderful awareness session for the Police officials.
He shared his personal experience and briefed that such intellectual programs should be promoted for the progress of the entire society. He said that this is the responsibility of all stakeholders of the society to work together for the betterment and uplift of the vulnerable segments of the country. He said that no one is ready to stand up for his own rights or for rights of other people. Anyone who passes by a situation where someone else’s rights are being violated and that person is very well observing the entire scene, does not make an effort of raising voice or does not even make an effort of helping the other person.
SHARP presented certificates to participants which certified their attendance to the workshop hosted by SHARP and approved by UNHCR. These certificates not only indicate their participation but also the fact that they have acquired valuable knowledge and are up to date with human rights and the situation of refugees in Pakistan and on an International level.