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PAKISTAN: Child rights in Pakistan: An unfinished agenda

Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2014 by Arshad Mahmood ::  We keep hearing about and reading frightening media reports regarding the plight of children in the country on a daily basis, like 70,000-plus first-day deaths occurring in Pakistan, 352,000 children dying of preventable causes before their fifth birthday each year, 45 per cent of under-five deaths directly being...

State racism and sexism in post-war Sri Lanka

Published in www.opendemocracy.net on Nov. 10 by Chulani Kodikara :: Central to the resurgence of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in post-war Sri Lanka is a redefinition of gender role and identities. Familial ideology is a key pillar of this discourse with serious adverse implications for women and gender equality. The bloody end to Sri Lanka’s civil war in May 2009 inaugurated...

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UN adopts resolution on peoples’ right to self-determination

Published in Dawn, November 19th, 2014 A United Nations General Assembly committee on Tuesday adopted a Pakistani-sponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights. The resolution manifested the 193-member body’s firm opposition to acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation,...

United work to end rights abuses in South Asia vowed

Two-day int’l seminar ends with Dhaka Resolution 2014 Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 19 :: Rights activists of South Asian countries at an international seminar in Dhaka yesterday vowed that they would enhance co-operation in finding the issues of human rights violations in the region and work together to resolve those. In a resolution, they proclaimed that while...

PAKISTAN: Rights for children still an illusion

Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 17 :: Former secretary general of the UN Kofi Annan once said: “There is no duty more important than ensuring that children’s rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.” November 20 is celebrated as Universal...

Long road to justice: Human rights of female migrant workers. By Shobha Shukla

Published in the Pakistan Christian Post on Nov. 19 :: In her opening address at the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20, being held in Bangkok, Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) mentioned that, “Migration into exploitative work is continually on the rise, living wages and decent work conditions are being denied...

PAKISTAN: Civil Society urges government to take clear stance on misuse of blasphemy laws

Published in The Pakistan Christian Post on Nov. 16 :: The government must clearly demonstrate its stance to prevent extra-judicial killings and attack on minority settlements in the cover of misuse of blasphemy laws. This was emphasized by the human rights defenders during a consultation meeting held on November 13, 2014 at Faisalabad under the banner of the Association of...

SAHR urges SAARC govts for common human rights commitments in 18th Summit

Published in The Nepal News on Nov. 18 :: South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has urged the governments of SAARC region to make joint commitments to uphold international standards of human rights; and to ensure that national laws and mechanisms adequately and effectively reflect respect for human rights in this region. Organising a press conference in Kathmandu on Monday,...