Rights Watch | June 4th 2021

Law enforcement authorities have informed SHC that they have located three persons missing since 2015. Two of them were imprisoned in jails while the third had returned home.

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3 missing persons located after 5 years

Law enforcement authorities have informed the Sindh High Court that they have located three persons missing since 2015.

The court was hearing petitions against enforced disappearances filed in 2015. In their report, the LEAs said two of the missing persons were imprisoned in Mardan and Karachi jails as they were wanted in different cases. The third person has returned home. The court directed that Rangers and police submit a report about other cases of missing persons in August.

13 child abuse FIRs lodged under Zainab app

The Ministry of Human Rights has said that 13 first information reports (FIRs) were registered under the Zainab Alert Response and Recovery ACT (ZARA) Application. The FIRs were based on reports filed by citizens highlighting child abuse cases. The ministry said that out of total 262 preliminary examinations; 21 verifications were carried out; 13 FIRs were registered; and 25 investigations were conducted in various incidents.

The ministry said there were 288 personal incidents recorded on the App whereas 248 social responsibility cases were registered. Of the total reported incidents, 313 pertain to male victims and 238 complaints are regarding female victims.

€9m EU project to support assemblies

The European Union (EU) has signed a project worth €9m to support parliamentary development in Pakistan, the Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan said on Thursday.

The European Union has funded a project worth €9m to improve functioning of the Parliament and four provincial assemblies.

“The EU continues to support Pakistan in its efforts to strengthen good governance by signing a new 9 million EUR parliamentary support project,” said the Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan. The three-year project The EU will support the work of the National Assembly, Senate and four provincial assemblies, by strengthening their functioning in terms of capacity, transparency and accessibility as well as accountability towards the country’s citizens.

EU Ambassador to Pakistan, Androulla Kaminara, said good governance is the backbone of human and democratic development and plays a crucial role in poverty alleviation. The project will be implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in consortium with Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS).