Until the merger of the Ministry of Human Rights with the Ministry of Law and Justice, there were at least two civil society-driven initiatives to set up HRD protection mechanisms in Pakistan. The first, with national scope, was developed by local CSOs with the support of international counterparts; the mechanism was also linked to the development of a national human rights policy framework.[1] The draft of the HRD protection mechanism and policy framework was agreed in a national consultation and later shared with the then Ministry of Human Rights.[2] However, following the merger of the ministries, as of late 2013 the civil society network responsible for following up the project had received no response from the Ministry of Law and Justice.[3]

The second HRD protection mechanism was intended for Islamabad Province. The then Ministry of Human Rights committed itself to taking the draft forward by organising provincial- and district-level consultations in order to reach consensus. However, as of late 2013, there was no one within the Ministry of Law and Justice responsible for the process.[4]

[2] The draft of the mechanism was developed under the “Promoting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Pakistan” project funded by EU. For more information on this project, see http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/pakistan/projects/list_of_projects/216586_en.htm.

[3] Protection International e-mail interview. Pakistani human rights defender. 16 august 2013.

[4] Ibid.


***This information originates from PI’s publication – FOCUS 2014.