The Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights (PCHR) is a voluntary organization comprising members of Pakistani Parliament from all the major political parties and four provinces of Pakistan. These Parliamentarians have joined their hands together for the sole aim of protection and promotion of Human Rights through the parliament, using parliamentary practices through legislation.
Although democracy and human rights are often taken as two separate concepts, yet they have striking commonalties, which merges these two concepts to a greater extent of inseparability. This can be seen very clearly mentioned in Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948 that” the, will of the people shall be expressed in periodic and genuine election which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held in secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Parliamentarians have four major roles. Firstly they are public representatives, which have direct mandate from various interest groups to represent them; secondly, they are legislators, charged with making and amending national laws and policies. Thirdly, they are scrutinizers, exercising oversight to hold the government (executive) accountable for all it does, and fourthly, having immense influence over masses they are the social reformed, helping mould society and national institutions to the challenges of the world.
In every aspect of the parliamentarian’s role you can find an accumulated backlog of work that needs to be done to safeguard citizen’s rights.
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.
The objective of our organization is tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.