Strengthening Human Rights Protection Mechanisms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Project completed

This project will improve the protection of rights of the people in KP by strengthening the provincial human rights protection mechanisms. This will be achieved by strengthening the capacity of line departments to manage the rights related responsibilities that were devolved from the federal to the provincial government, by developing a human rights policy, and by raising awareness among civil society on the protection responsibilities of the government. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Conflict & fragility
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Conflict prevention
Public sector policy
01.06.2016 - 31.12.2019
CHF 1'400'000

The human rights context in Pakistan is characterised by the State’s inability to protect religious and ethnic minorities due to laws such as the blasphemy law that promote institutionalized discrimination, regional inequalities with respect to access to basic services, conflicting freedom of press, and political instability. In particular, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has suffered significantly with reference to protection of rights of its citizens due to the militancy and conflict in the region.


The rights of the people in KP, especially women, children and religious minorities, are better protected through improved provincial human rights promotion and protection mechanisms.

Target groups
  • Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights Department
  • KP branch of National Commission for Human Rights
  • KP Provincial Assembly
  • Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Medium-term outcomes

The KP government has strengthened capability to protect the people of KP due to improved capacity, the development and approval of a provincial human rights policy, and increased social accountability by the civil society.


Expected results:  

Output 1: The people in KP experience improved protection through the development of a provincial human rights strategy to support the KP government promote, protect and govern human rights.

Output 2: The government line agencies have improved capacity to protect the people in KP, especially women, children and religious minorities.

Output 3: The civil society in KP has improved capacity to hold the KP government accountable on its human rights obligations due to increased awareness on human rights legislation and protection mechanisms.

Results from previous phases:  


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Development Programme

Other partners

UN women, UNICEF, GIZ.

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand Project
  • Early Recovery and Response Project
  • Swiss Business Council
  • Swiss Embassy
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'400'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'442'658
Project phases

Phase 1 01.06.2016 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)