A joint meeting of board of trustees of Human Rights Group of Pakistan [HRGP] was held which discussed and deliberated on different issues concerning its objective chapters: i.e. Human Rights, Rule of Law, Democracy, Environment and Socio-economic justice. The board members deliberated upon different ways and means for achieving the objectives of the Group, elaborated in the objective chapters. During the discussion, member observed that corruption and corrupt practices have assumed alarming proportion in the society, which are not only eating up the very fabric of the society, but also a major hindrances in ensuring the objective chapters of the Groups, such as Democracy, rule of law and socio-economic justice.
Chairman HRGP Dr Sheir Ali Rizvi remarked that without elimination of corruption and corrupt practice in all its forms and manifestations, we can’t move on to achieve our cherished goals of ensuring human rights, rule of law and socio-economic justice and have a functional democracy. He called for redirecting the Group major focus on elimination of corruption and corrupt practices.
He observed that rampant corruption had given birth to the VIP Culture, which is the mother of all corrupt practices and corruption especially financial corruption. This gave birth to crimes and poverty by destabilizing the state institutions and rule of law in the society, which ultimately lead to weakening of the state.
During the meeting it was observed that strong and functional state institutions are the guarantee of strong state and prosperous society, which is key for sustainable peace in the society. Therefore, the meeting decided to launch a extensive drive against the financial corruption and corrupt practices by all means.
The programe was named as National Transparency, as the group is also publishing a monthly magazine under the same title. It decided to set up a Complaint Cell, to invite complaints from general public regarding corruption and corrupt practices especially financial corruption.
It also decided to interact with state institutions, civil society, intellectuals, lawyers, writers, journalists and experts in order to suggest ways and means for eradication of financial corruption and corrupt practices.
The objectives of HRGP are to protect promote and strengthen human rights, rule of law and socio economic justice, just under rule of law. The concept of the mission is being derived from article 17 in consonance with article 5 of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973. The mission statement of National Transparency is “increased transparency, decreased corruption” in order to eradicate VIP Culture, poverty, financial corruptions and crimes.
The National Transparency magazine will also be part of the ‘National Transparency’ campaign.
It has been observed that either the people and/or effected persons do not know how to and; from where to get relief or they are afraid from approaching the relevant authorities and forums fearing backlash, difficulties, loss of time and money.
Therefore, the National Transparency is setting up a Complaint Cell for gathering the complaints and extend assistance to the affecttees in getting relief and forward the complaint to relevant authorities to address these rule law. These voluntary services shall instill confidence in people leading strengthening of state institution to strengthen the State and creating a prosperous society.