As democratic institutions in Pakistan are going through relative consolidation, there is a growing focus on improving the functioning of the parliament and the parliamentary bodies. Though there are a number of parliamentary, executive, judiciary and other independent mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights in the country, Standing Committees, are of prime importance. Due to capacity, structural and operational impediments, these Standing Committees have not been fully functional in Pakistan.
In this new study, DRI takes stock of the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Minority Affairs of Punjab Assembly and the Standing Committee on Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly against a selected international framework to highlight the challenges to their effective functioning and provides recommendations about their improvement.
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