Category: Pakistan

Helpline for women in distress to be functional within a month

Published in The News on Oct. 23 :: The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights plans to set up a 24-hour helpline for women in distress which would be functional within a month. “With this facility, women would be able to register their complaints and get information for legal assistance to solve their problems at their door steps,” said...

Linking violence against women with HIV and AIDS

Published in The Daily Times on Oct. 22 by Hassan Raza:: Men and women are vulnerable in different ways, leading to differential rates of susceptibility to infection, access to information and available services for prevention and management of illnesses specific to women, girls and transgender individuals. Global literature and research shows that the relationship between violence against women and HIV...

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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...

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...

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...

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Border skirmishes rile rights group

Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2014 The South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) is concerned by the continuing firing between Pakistani and Indian security forces across the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, says a press release. Civilian casualties have been reported from both sides in several incidents of firing and mortar shelling since Oct...

A cycle of violence: ‘Girls routinely married off for money’

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2014. After one of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) own made it to the world headlines hours before the International Day of the Girl Child, it seems the province has a lot to achieve for its girls. According to the Unicef Demographic Health Survey from 2014, more than one in seven adolescent girls experience physical violence...

Populism’s second coming

Published in Dawn, October 9th, 2014 by I. A. Rehman :: Populist rhetoric has been used to sustain the Islamabad dharnas long enough to justify an inquiry into its impact on the country’s politics. This is the second time in Pakistan’s history that populist politics is being offered as the panacea for all ills, the first one being the populism...