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26 Jan 2023


Pakistan: Human rights minister advocates for stronger laws against bonded labour

"Minister for amending bonded labour laws to award strict punishments to violators", 26 January 2023

Minister for Human Rights Riaz Hussain Pirzada...stressed on imposing stringent punishments on violators of bonded labour laws to end discrimination and exploitation of people trying to earn a decent livelihood.

Speaking at the third meeting of the Inter-Ministerial and Inter-Provincial Steering Committee of National Action Plan (NAP) on business and human rights, the minister said there was a need for amendments in existing laws to provide more stringent punishments against those violating the law and also to ensure provision of government assistance and rehabilitation programmes’ dividends to victims of forced or bonded labour.

Riaz Pirzada said inter-provincial coordination on business and human rights should be continued among federating units in line with the National Action Plan (NAP) without any interference from the government.


Mr Pirzada also stressed on incorporating sections of the ILO Conventions into legal framework governing rights of all workers, adding that to eliminate child labour, violators flouting rules should be fined.