Webinar: The Paris Principles and Human Rights Institutions in Sindh

Participants and team of The Knowledge Forum

The Knowledge Forum organized a webinar titled “The Paris Principles and Human Rights Institutions in Sindh”. This webinar was organized online on 31st December 2021 and was moderated by Pirbhu Lal Satyani, a renowned Human Rights Expert. Over 35 participants all across Pakistan attended this webinar.

The Paris Principles, adopted in 1993 by the UN General Assembly set international minimum standards and guidelines for effective and credible national human rights institutions. The Paris Principles emphasise independence in law and operations, adequate power, plural and representative membership, adequate resources, cooperative strategies and international engagement for human rights institutions. Pakistan has been a signatory to the Paris Principles since 2016. 

Senior members of the civil society attend the Webinar on The Paris Principles and Human Rights Institutions in Sindh

This webinar focused on bringing together the key human rights institutions in Sindh for a discussion on their journeys and challenges. Major human rights institutions in Sindh include the Sindh Human Rights Commission, the National Commission for Human Rights (Sindh Chapter), the Sindh Commission on the Status of Women, and the Sindh Child Protection Authority, among others. The discussion revolved around their leadership’s experiences and observations in navigating challenges and the evolution of the human rights discourse in the province since the signing of the Paris Principles. 

Human Rights leaders were invited as panelists, which were Justice (Retd.) Majida Razvi, Chairperson, Sindh Human Rights Commission; Anis Haroon, Member Sindh, National Commission for Human Rights and Mr. Abdullah Khoso, PhD Scholar and Researcher.