Pakistani Senate passes human rights bill

Pakistani Senate passes human rights bill

Pakistani Senate Friday unanimously approved the Human Rights Bill, 2012, which prohibits intelligence agencies from illegally detaining any citizen, the Dawn News reported.

The Pakistani parliament's upper house also approved formation of the Human Rights Commission.

According to the bill, Pakistan’s armed forces and intelligence agencies would be answerable to the commission and parliament.

The commission could survey any jail or any clandestine prison to check illegal confinements, it added.

The bill would also restrict foreign funding to the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country without prior approval.

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