DELEGATION OF BRITISH COUNCIL CALLS ON MINISTER IJAZ ALAM

DISCUSSES BRITISH COUNCIL’s PROGRAMME AWAZ II

DELEGATION OF BRITISH COUNCIL CALLS ON MINISTER IJAZ ALAM

LAHORE: Delegation of British council led by country director BC Amir Ramzan called on provincial minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine here at camp office of Human Rights on Friday to discuss the Aawaz II programme. Amir Ramzan briefed to the minister that Awaz II was a foreign, commonwealth and development office funded programme in Pakistan, managed by the British council which works with local communities in Punjab and KPK provinces to promote the rights of children, women, youth, religious minorities, person with disabilities, marginalized and vulnerable groups, to strengthen their control over their own development. He further briefed that aim of project was to control child labour, early and forced marriages, gender-based violence and social cohesion and tolerance and other harmful practices while programme is implemented in 22 districts of KPK and Punjab. Delegation also told to the minister that BC was guided by the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion to enable religious minority communities to assert their rights while our approach was to support religious minorities directly through referrals as well as raise awareness and understanding of difference within local communities for behavior of change. The provincial minister Iajz Aalm Augustine applauded the efforts of BC and hoped that Awaz II programme will prove a milestone in the field of protection of human rights and religious freedom. The minister told to the delegation that ministry of HR&MA is protecting the rights of Children, Women, transgender, disable persons, senior citizens, minorities because government of the Punjab believed in the dignity and fair treatment of every person; their protection in accordance with law and Punjab Government is committed to translate the human rights principles enshrined in the constitution into legislation with robust institutional mechanism. Secretary HR&MA Nadeem-ur-Rehman, Team leader Awaz II Yasmin Zaidi, provincial manager Saad Bajwa and other relevant officials were also present in the meeting.