Lahore, October 13:
Provincial Ministry of Human Rights & Minority Affairs with collaboration of Sathi Foundation organized sensitization workshop for police officials on transgender rights protection in Punjab at Chung Police training center, Lahore on Tuesday. Provincial minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine Presided the workshop and reviewed guidelines for police engagement with transgender persons and implementation of laws related to transgender. Director HR&MA M. Yousaf briefed to the minister about draft guidelines, the procedures for law enforcement agencies such as the appropriate form of addressing transgender persons to procedures pertaining to detention and stop and search. Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Ejaz Alam Augustine Speaking on this occasion said that the Government of Punjab under the leadership of Usman Buzdar was keen to ensure the full participation and promotion of transgender persons’ rights. He said that the protection of rights every community was top priority of the Punjab government as promoting peace, religious harmony and tolerance in the society while the government was taking all possible steps for a peaceful environment across the province. He further said that the government of Punjab took special initiatives to ensure rights of transgender community and the purpose of the workshop was to implement guidelines for police engagement with transgender persons to the representatives of police department. Government of the Punjab was ensuring the protection of the community while the Punjab government is going to table a bill of Protection in this regard in the Assembly. Representative of Transgender Asad Nawaz Chaudhry said that the purpose of workshop was also to solicit feedback and comments from police officials in order to finalize the guidelines. She also acknowledged the efforts of MoHR intends to take in order to fulfill its commitment to the transgender community. Police officials, representatives of transgender community Asad Nawaz Chaudhry, Zanaya Chaudhry and officials of HR&MA were present on the occasion.