HR awareness drive in Paktika on cards.
by Ali Mohammad Nazari on 14 August, 2014 - 15:29 SHARANA (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) plans to launch public awareness programmes in southern Paktika province, an official said Thursday. AIHRC Director Noor Ahmad Shahim told Pajhwok Afghan News that the residents of Paktika were deprived to know about their basic human rights. In an interview, Shahim acknowledged: "The freedom of speech, women's rights and other constitutionally guaranteed rights have been trampled on." The human rights programmes would begin from Sharan, the provincial capital, to train representatives of civil society institutions, before being extended to other parts of the province. The programmes would yield positive results in elimination of violence against women, Shahim added. Mohammadullah Himmat, head of civil society networks, said implementing such programmes could be effective in eliminating violence against women, civilians, journalists and prisoners. He urged the AHIRC to open its office in Paktika province to facilitate people from different parts of life. Zalmai Kharotai, another civil society activist in Paktika, said most of the people were still unaware about their rights and the new programme would help promote awareness among masses. mds/rm ( Read more )*****
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