Awareness seminar for media and civil society held
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
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.