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FMHR calls for separate cells for transgender prisoners

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said on Friday that there should be different cells for transgender inmates in jails, APP reported

A commission on prison reforms had been established by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Mazari convened a meeting to finalize a country-wide study on changes in jails.

The commission was established on the writ petition lodged by Khadim Hussain, currently a prisoner at the Central Prison Adyala, Rawalpindi, before the Islamabad High Court after his vision was compromised during his imprisonment due to prison authorities incompetence and neglect.

After hearing the plight of the prisoner, the high court constituted a commission to be chaired by the Minister of Human Rights to look into the following areas; to investigate human rights violations in the prisons and lack of medical assistance and obstacles in access to a court of law of prisoners who do not have means or assistance in this regard.

To investigate failure on part of the executive authorities and respective Governments to fulfill obligations and enforce the Prison Rules and the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 relating to prisoners who suffer from illness and diseases.

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