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NCJP Hosts National Symposium for protecting minority rights

Islamabad: On June 27, 2024, the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) organized a landmark National Symposium in Islamabad, seeking to safeguard the rights of women and girls from religious minorities. The event brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to raise awareness and advocate for the protection of these vulnerable groups from forced religious conversions and child marriages.

The symposium was graced by the presence of His Excellency Samson Shukardin, Bishop of the Diocese of Hyderabad and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, and Fr. Bernard Emmanuel, National Director of NCJP. They were joined by representatives from civil society, the legal fraternity, parliamentarians, government institutions, and religious leaders.

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The gathering emphasized the urgent need for collective efforts to address the injustices faced by women and girls from religious minorities. Discussions focused on legislative measures, social interventions, and collaborative strategies to ensure their safety and uphold their rights.

The symposium highlighted the shared commitment to creating a just and inclusive society where every individual, regardless of their faith, can live with dignity and freedom. The event concluded with a call to action, urging all sectors of society to unite in safeguarding the rights of religious minorities and fostering an environment of respect and equality.

This National Symposium marked a significant step towards protecting vulnerable voices and promoting a culture of tolerance and acceptance. The collective efforts of NCJP and various stakeholders will help create a brighter future for women and girls from religious minorities, ensuring their rights are respected and protected.

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