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Know your rights: Rights of Child Labourers

Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2014. Most parents want to provide their children with the best education to enable them to survive independently and prosper. However, not all can afford it. Instead, many make their offspring forego education for what is internationally recognised as child labour so the family can afford two square meals per day. International treaty,...

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Pakistan to raise Indian LoC violations at UNHRC

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 22:: Pakistan is mulling over raising the issue of ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian Army at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Daily Times has learnt on good authority. In this regard, the diplomatic authorities are set to move a Working Group of the UNHRC where...

INDIA: Documenting rights violations by businesses

Published in The Hindu on Oct. 21 :: “During 2014, major companies from emerging economies will face increasing questions about how they are seeking to implement the responsibility to respect human rights. They will need to provide solid answers,” declares the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). The organisation explains, “We work to shape policy, advance practice and...

The day of the girl child

Published in The News – Pakistan on Oct. 21:: On October 11, the International Day of the Girl, the UN secretary-general said in his message: “I call on all the governments to take action to end all forms of violence against girls in all parts of the world. Together we must create a world where violence against women and girls...

BANGLADESH: Marriage age to remain as before

Published in The Prothom Alo on Oct. 18:: In face of controversy, the government has decided to leave the minimum age of marriage as before, 18 for girls and 21 for boys. Also, a mobile court is being introduced for the visible and speedy trial for the crime of child marriage. At the cabinet meeting on 15 September it had...

India: Love Jihad and targetting of religious minorities

Published in the South Asia Citizens Web on Oct. 16 : The recent outpouring of support for the “development” agenda of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, by several leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches may possibly stave off the immediate attention of the dreaded Intelligence Bureau and the Ministry of Home affairs, but it is not likely to reduce...

UN ‘deeply concerned’ over Maldives crackdown

Published in The Business Standard on Oct. 17 :: The United Nations today voiced “deep concern” over a crackdown by the Maldivian Supreme Court on the country’s independent rights watchdog for cooperating with the UN Human Rights Council. The five-member independent Human Rights Council of the Maldives (HRCM) faces “serious criminal charges” for submitting a report to the UN, spokeswoman Ravina...

Ansar Burney for end to Indian aggression

Published in The News – Pakistan on Oct. 17 :: Human rights organisation Ansar Burney Trust International Thursday called on India to stop firing on innocent people of Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and resolve issues through dialogue. International ambassador for peace and human rights Ansar Burney said that in the last two weeks, more than a dozen...