SPO recently signed a project related to Human Rights with Foreign & Commonwealth Office in June 2016. The project will be implemented in partnership with the collaboration of Ministry of Human Rights. It aims at institutionalization of the concept of human rights into the provincial ministries by preparing provincial human rights strategies, lobbying meetings with cabinet members and parliamentarians and capacity building on national and international human rights obligations and implementation of respective provincial human rights strategies. The objective will be achieved through a series of trainings in all provinces for provincial HR ministries.
SPO & MoHR in accordance with the formulation of provincial Human Rights strategies organised a one day orientation meeting with the relevant provincial stakeholders. The meeting ensued with great enthusiasm of the government representatives present both from the Federal Government as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government. Total number of attendees of the meeting were 41. The attendees included relevant line departments of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, who were relevant to the formulation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Human Rights Policy Strategy document. Some of the prominent participants of the meeting included Mr. Arshad Ali Khan Umerzai – SA to CM-KPK, Dr. Shahzad Aslam – DIG Police, Mr. Muhammad Ali Shah – AIG Prisons. After key note addresses and presentations by the Federal Ministry of Human Rights and Strengthening Participatory Organization, the floor was opened for comments on the outline of policy document given to the attendees. The attendees exhibited great ownership of the policy draft and gave specific and crucial comments and recommendations to be incorporated in the first draft for the consultation with stakeholders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The final stage of the meeting was to obtain some tentative dates from the attendees regarding the activities of the project. The requisite time frames were jotted down and the event ended with concluding address by the federal Ministry of Human Rights.