EU delegation calls on Michael

* Minister urges world to stop rights violations in Kashmir

EU delegation calls on Michael

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Senator Kamran Michael urged the International Community to come forward and play an effective role to stop the violations of human rights in the disputed state of Jammu Kashmir.

He said this while talking to the delegation of the European Union here at the Ministry of Human Rights on Tuesday. He said steps were being taken through comprehensive strategy to ensure the protection of human rights in Pakistan. The delegation was led by the Ambassador of the European Union, Jean Francois Caution, and the Director General of Human Rights, while Hassan Mangi and other officials from both sides were present on the occasion.

The delegation remained with the Minister for some time and discussed matters of human rights, particularly the issues related to the rights of the women, children and minorities. The Minister appraised the delegation about the initiatives and steps which have been carried out to promote interfaith harmony, peace and tolerance. He said that the Christmas Peace train had run with the collaboration of the Ministry of Railways.

Senator Michael said the purpose of this train was to spread the message of peace and interfaith harmony, adding that we have also launched a human rights song to promote tolerance. While talking to the delegation, the Minister reiterated his commitment to ensure the protection of the human rights and said that new laws have been made in this regard.

He further assured the delegation that all out efforts are being made to implement the resolution of the European Union and United Nations conventions. The delegation appreciated the endeavors of the incumbent government for the protections of the rights of the women and children, particularly minorities and assured their further support in this regard.