April 22, 2010
Subject: Invitation for the Lawyers’ Consultation Meeting on the Acid Control & Acid Crime Prevention Bill.
Greetings from Acid Survivors Foundation!
We are pleased to inform you that UNIFEM and ASF Pakistan are jointly holding a Lawyers’ Consultation Meeting for the Critical Review and Recommendations for the Acid Control & Acid Crime Prevention Bill, which was presented in the National Assembly on January 26, 2010 by women parliamentarians as a Private Member Bill, after the Landmark Supreme Court Judgment ordering the Government to provide free medical care & rehabiltation to acid burn survivors in Pakistan. We have attached both the Bill and SC Decision with this letter.
Due to the shortcomings and loopholes in this Bill, ASF in collaboration with Ministry of Women Development (MoWD) and UNIFEM are holding a series of consultation meetings to re-draft the Bill in order to bring it in line with the Shariah Law and the Constitution of Pakistan to effectively deal with the issue of Acid Violence in Pakistan. The new draft would then be presented in the National Assembly as a Government Bill.
The first consultation meeting comprising of lawyers & legislative experts only is scheduled for Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Best Western Hotel, Islamabad.
We look forward to your confirmation and participation.
Valerie Khan Yousufzai
Acid Survivors Foundation
Ms. Sana Masood
Head of Projects & Legal Coordinator
Mobile: 03215009888, Email: email@example.com