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PR No. 181 PM RESTRUCTURES TIC TO IMPROVE COMPLIANCE ON INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS Islamabad: June 24, 2016

In order to improve compliance of 27 UN Conventions signed by Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan has restructured Treaty Implementation Cell (TIC). This was told by the Convener TIC and Attorney General of Pakistan, Mr. Ashtar Ausaf Ali while chairing the 11th meeting of the TIC here on Friday.

Meeting was attended by officials from federal ministries and provincial departments, International Labour Organization, and eminent human rights advocates Mr. I A Rehman and Mr. Peter Jacobs.

The meeting decided to device an effective monitoring and reporting mechanism on the matters related to human, labour, children, minority rights, climate change, narcotics control and anti-corruption.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Ashtar Ausaf said that the new TIC arrangement shall help us coordinate with concerned departments and agencies more efficiently and would provide a platform to partner with international partners working in the areas of human and labour rights to bring more clarity and reality check for our efforts.

He informed the meeting that European Union has lauded Pakistan’s efforts for establishing the TIC and has decided to replicate the same in other GSP+ beneficiary countries.

“We have demonstrated progress in past and we have the same will to do so even now. No democratic country and a representative Government can claim that they have done enough for its own people, we have to keep doing more in every sense of the word,” he added.

While making a presentation, Mr. Omer Hameed Economic Minister at the Embassy of Pakistan, Brussels was of the view that EU has recently shared a List of Issues for which federal and provincial governments, international agencies and civil society organizations of Pakistan need to work together to device a monitoring and reporting mechanism.

Appreciating Government’s seriousness to establish institutions like TIC, Mr. I A Rehman was of the view that though provincial governments has enacted legislation on rights related matters, implementation and institutions building remains a challenging task.

Mr. Peter Jacobs said that TIC is a significant development on the course to fulfil international obligations, while issues like vertical and horizontal coordination need to be addressed in order to ensure compliance.

It is important to mention here that the TIC coordinate and liaisons with all the relevant federal and provincial governments, non-government stakeholders including entrepreneurs, representatives of trade unions, civil society organizations with an aim to jointly observe and ensure compliance of the 27 UN Conventions.

Pakistan is signatory to the multiple 27 UN Conventions in the areas of Human Rights, Women Rights, Labour Rights, Child Rights, Environment Protection and Climate Change Adherence, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Narcotics. Implementation on these involves legislative measures identified by the Government of Pakistan in consultation with stakeholders to be put in place to provide legal cover to subsequent administrative actions in consonance with the spirit of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 and the Conventions.

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