We thank both the Special Rapporteurs for their comprehensive reports.#
As a party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography since 2011, the Government of Pakistan is committed to protect children from violence and abuse and in this context:
- Pakistan’s Constitution, laws and policies safeguard child rights.
- Several sections in the Pakistan Penal Code, as well as provincial laws, criminalize forms of human trafficking such as slavery, selling a child for prostitution, and unlawful compulsory labour, with prescribed offences ranging from fines to life imprisonment.
- Prevention of the Electronic Crime Bill has been adopted which among others, criminalizes child sexual exploitation. The Bill in its Section 19 states that whoever commits an offense with respect to a minor shall be imprisoned for a term which may extend to ten years, or with fine up to ten million rupees or with both. In case, the victim of the cyber stalking is a minor the punishment may extend to five years or with fine up to ten million rupees, or with both in accordance with Section 21 of the Bill.
- Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2016 has been adopted, which covers all aspects of child exploitation, including, among others, exposure to seduction, child pornography and child abuse.
- All forms of transnational trafficking in persons were prohibited with the adoption of Prevention and Control of Human Trafficking Ordinance (PACHTO), 2002. The penalties under the Ordinance range from seven to 14 years’ imprisonment.
- The National Commission for Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD) has prepared a code of ethics for the media for reporting of cases of children’s sexual abuse. In this regard, orientation workshops in all provinces have been organized to sensitize media persons.
- Child Victims of trafficking are provided protection in Government run shelters established at the federal level as well as in provinces.
- The federal and provincial governments have developed and are implementing Child Protection Management Information System, a national monitoring system that collects district-level data in five thematic areas, including child trafficking and sale of children.
- Recently Pakistan has ratified Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
I thank you.