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PAKISTAN: Kasur lynching: Public reaction offers hope, says Asma Jahangir

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2014 :: Condemnations by Pakistan’s top clerics and religious parties against the misuse of blasphemy laws could help reverse a rising tide of mob killings, according to one of the country’s leading rights activists. A Christian couple accused of blasphemy were beaten to death by a mob of 1,500 and their bodies thrown...

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BANGLADESH: Ensure children get benefits of innovation

Unicef urges nations to take urgent action Published in The Daily Star on Nov. 21 :: As the world yesterday observed the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Unicef underscored the need for urgent action to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovations.  The international children agency also called...

NEPAL: Mass Media in Democratization in Nepal

Published in The Telegraph Nepal on Nov. 21 by Dev Raj Dahal (Head, FES, Nepal Office) ::   Introduction Media constitute a part of larger civil society entrusted with the responsibility to protect human rights, expand the domain of public sphere and contribute to public opinion and democratic will-formation. Nepal’s post-conflict situation demands additional contribution of media in the construction...

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...