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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

IHC orders to establish human rights courts

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed the federal government to establish human rights courts this week.

The government must set up special tribunals to ensure the protection of human rights by the weekend, according to the order.

According to reports in the media, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah gave the instructions as the case about the torturing of inmates at Adiala Jail was being heard.

A special court will handle instances involving rights abuses, according to the chief justice. He said that there are robust laws pertaining to human rights that may address transgressions.

Justice Minallah declared during the hearing that the inhumane practise of prisoner torture must stop right away and that his court would not stand for it happening to the detainees.

Read More: IHC CJ to inspect Adiala jail amid reports of torture

He issued an order to take legal action against the director of the Adiala jail and the inspector general of Punjabi prisons. “No one is safe anymore, not even Arshad Sharif,” the PTI leader Asad Umar declared at this point.

The court was informed by a representative of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) that 11 youngsters had been granted bail but had nowhere to go.

“Why shouldn’t we keep those youngsters at the Prime Minister or Top Minister’s House?” the chief justice questioned in response.

According to the HRCP secretary, there is only one male doctor for every 4,000 convicts, and around 1,400 detainees are drug users. Justice Minallah said that HRCP has extensive authority and has the ability to appoint consultants.

Back in September, a rigorous inspection of the Central Jail Adiala Rawalpindi was performed by Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah in response to accusations of suspected human rights abuses, torture, and corruption on jail grounds.

Justice Minallah along with two judges of the district court visited the barracks of dangerous inmates, women, and juvenile prisoners and listened to their problems. The IHC CJ also visited the kitchen, hospital, workshop, and other parts of the prison.