KARACHI - Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has said that the federal government was dedicated to

provide and protect all the basic rights of the vulnerable segments of the society, especially children, women, poor and minorities.

Delivering the key note address at the workshop conducted by the Ministry of Human Rights on a proposed Criminal Bill-2016 here, the minister termed the government's resolve as "its avowed intent," said an official statement here on Thursday.

Michael, having the experience of working as the provincial minister for human rights in Punjab government, said the provinces have been empowered on the said subject under 18th amendment.

They could take all the required steps including provincial legislation for curbing the grave menace of human rights violation.

He particularly underlined need for strengthening the Child Protection

Bureau and other similar organisations that would surely ensure upgradation in the country's human rights record in the future which was low in different aspects.

The workshop was also addressed by the Sindh Minister of Human Rights and the heads of different NGOs.