In 2013, the Government of Pakistan notified the establishment of Treaty Implementation Cells in all provinces of the country. The establishment of these Cells was deemed necessary after the large-scale devolution of powers from the Federal Government to the provinces after the 18th Constitutional Amendment in 2010. As a result, the provinces were now responsible for developing legislation and implementing Pakistan’s international legal obligations in several key areas, especially human rights related subjects.
However, the officials based in these Cells lacked training in international law generally and international human rights law specifically. As a result, RSIL’s services were commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Human Rights with support from Oxfam International to develop a comprehensive Training Module for the capacity building of Treaty Implementation Cells and all other relevant stakeholders at the federal and provincial levels.
The detailed training module was prepared by RSIL that focused on the seven core human rights conventions ratified by Pakistan and the implementation mandates of the federal and provincial governments relating to these conventions. The training module was approved for dissemination by the Ministry Human Rights and was followed by a large-scale national dissemination seminar in May 2016 which was attended by over 200 officials from all federal and provincial Ministries.