TIC restructured to improve UN convention compliance

ISLAMABAD: The government has restructured Treaty Implementation Cell (TIC) to improve compliance on 27 UN Conventions as part of a condition for availing the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme.

The decision to restructure the cell has been taken to devise an effective monitoring and reporting mechanism on matters related to labourers, children and minority rights, climate change, narcotics control and anti-corruption.

The convener of the cell and Attorney General of Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, announced the decision while chairing the 11th meeting of the TIC here on Friday. The meeting was attended by officials from federal ministries and provincial departments, International Labour Organisation, and human rights advocates I A Rehman and Peter Jacobs.

Ashtar Ausaf said that the new arrangement will help 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 said that European Union has lauded Pakistan’s efforts for establishing the TIC and has decided to replicate the same in other GSP+ beneficiary countries.

While making a presentation, 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 organisations of Pakistan need to work together to devise a monitoring and reporting mechanism.

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

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

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.


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