Project – Hum Ahang for Rights is the first project of SFEA that would directly engage Parliamentarians from National Assembly of Pakistan. This project is specifically envisaged to provide technical assistance to the Parliamentarians to support and strengthen their legislative and oversight roles with reference to the Constitutional Human Rights in Pakistan. Project – Hum Ahang for Rights is the first project of SFEA that would directly engage Parliamentarians from National Assembly of Pakistan for strengthening Parliamentary oversight on issues concerning Constitutional Human Rights in Pakistan.This project is specifically envisaged to provide technical assistance to the Parliamentarians to support and strengthen their legislative and oversight roles with reference to the Constitutional Rights. The project also aims to support Parliamentarians and their different forums to enhance their technical knowledge and skills set to address these issues of Constitutional Rights through consensus. Moreover, project is also aimed at equipping Parliamentarians with the techniques of democratic conflict resolution and to initiate a policy dialogue to address Human Rights violations in Pakistan.
The project has been formally launched by the Honorable Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser on 15th September 2020. The Speaker encouraged Young Parliamentarians to set their targets with a clear plan to realize the dream of welfare for their people.
Parliament is the most relevant institution in the context of Human Rights, the chapter one of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan suggests that Majlis e Shoora (Parliament) is equally responsible for safeguarding fundamental rights of its citizens along with the Government. Realistically, the Parliament and Parliamentarians with their functions of representation, legislation, adoption of budget and overseeing the executive branch, cover the entire spectrum of political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights. Globally there is concerted push to harness this unique role of Parliament for the greater good of protecting human dignity and human rights. Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have lately been initiating various program and activities to strengthen the role of Parliamentarian as guardians of Constitutional Rights. Keeping in view the role of Parliamentarians, global efforts to strengthen this role and need for better understanding and implementation of Constitutional Rights in Pakistan, Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness (SFEA) in collaboration with Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) and Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) has designed the Project HumAhang for Rights.
- To strengthen the role/oversight of parliamentarians/parliamentary committees and fora, specially Young Parliamentary Forum, improve/unify their understanding regarding constitutional rights and promote/encourage information sharing and democratic conflict resolution among them through knowledge sharing and mutual learning initiatives like Public hearings, knowledge sharing retreats, mentor-ship sessions and policy dialogues.
- To foster and sustain effective policy debate, create awareness regarding issues/violations concerning constitutional rights and generate effective and meaningful discourse among parliamentarians and relevant stakeholders, thereby engaging them in the process of collaborative learning leading to constructive parliamentary oversight on violations of constitutional rights.