ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday approved a formation of the Human Rights Commission, DawnNews reported.

A meeting of the upper house was chaired by Farooq H. Naiq here. According to the unanimously approved Human Rights Bill 2012, no intelligence agencies would be able to detain any citizen illegally.

The bill also stated that the Pakistan’s armed forces and intelligence agencies would be answerable to the commission and the parliament.

The commission could survey any jail or any clandestine prison to check illegal confinements, it added.

The bill would also restrict foreign funding to the NGOs in the country without prior approval.

Source: Dawn.com (http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/09/senate-passes-landmark-human-rights-bill.html) – 9/3/2012