Coordination meeting between police and community elders from District Kasur held at Lahore
The second coordination meeting between the community elders from the informal justice system and police officers was held on 11 November 2015 at Lahore. The participants are part of the ‘Monitoring Committee’ in district Kasur – one of two pilot districts under the Rule of Law Programming in Pakistan (RLPP) project being implemented by Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme (CAMP).
The meeting was organised and facilitated by CAMP, in close coordination with OWO (Oriental Women Organization), its local implementing partner in Punjab.
Five police officials, two women activists and three community elders including district Kasur Ex- Naib-Nazim Muhammad Shafiq and Deputy Superintendent of Police Abdul Wahid Dogar were among the participants at the meeting. The group shared progress since September 2015, when the first coordination meeting was held; presented their action plan for the coming months; highlighted gaps in coordination and identified ways to make the coordination mechanism sustainable. The community elders shared that Kasur is culturally a rigid society where informal justice system has very strong roots, and communities depend on it to resolve disputes.
The main objective of setting up the monitoring committees is to strengthen linkages between the communities and police, build community trust upon the police and to prevent human rights violations that may occur due to decisions taken by the informal justice system – especially against women and other vulnerable groups. The project is funded by the German Foreign Office