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 April 26, 2017



Awareness seminar for media and civil society held

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: In the media and civil society workshop held here on Wednesday in Chitral Press Club under the aegis of Society for Himan Rights and Prisoners Aid (SHARP), the local media persons were given extensive awareness about human rights in the special cotext of Afghan Refugees living in the country.

Held with the financial assistance of European Union and International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), the workshop was addressed by Memona Batool Khan, Ghiyas Gillani, Irma Francis, Mansoor Khan, Qazi Sajjad Ahmed and Nahida Saif advocate.

After signifying the human rights, the audience were told that Afghan refugees were entitled to the same degree of human rights as did the native people as per international conventional to which Pakistan was signatory.

It was regretted that although the Afghan refugees were living in the country for the last four decades, but no legislation was made to deal with them as a result of which their fundamental and human rights were subjected to infringement.

It was made abundantly clear that the Afghan refugees cannot be evicted forcefully from the country till the conditions in their country are not normalized while those voluntary repatriating will be facilitated.

The rights of the refugees also included improved and diversified livelihood opportunities apart from access to shelter and essential social services while provision of visa for the returnees from Afghanistan also included in the human rights, they said.



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