Category: Pakistan

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HRC condemns arbitrary killing by drones in Pakistan

Published in The Pakistan Today on Sep. 23 :: HRC panel discusses use of drones in accordance with international law Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC) Monday condemned arbitrary killings by the use of armed United States (US)-led drones in Pakistan. Referring to the right to life as the most fundamental of all human rights, the council held a panel discussion...

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Promotion of political harmony, tolerance stressed

Published in Dawn, September 21st, 2014 :: The Human Right Commission of Pakistan on Saturday organised a convention of writers and artists at a local hotel with panelists calling for collective efforts to promote political harmony, tolerance, cultural values and peace in the country. Among over 100 participants were poets, artists, scholars and human rights activists from across the province. HRCP...

Parliament urged to establish National Commission on Democracy

Published in The News on Sep. 16: Pakistan is experiencing youth bulge that needs a compulsory vaccine of civic education to understanding the constitutional framework, fundamental human rights and institutional design of Pakistani democracy, says Executive Director Centre for Civic Education Pakistan (CCEP) Zafarullah Khan. Centre for Civic Education Pakistan (CCEP) has launched a nationwide advocacy campaign for inclusion of...

Pakistan must stop first execution in six years: Amnesty

Published in The Daily Times on Sep. 16 :: LAHORE: Pakistan should immediately scrap apparent plans to carry out the first civilian execution in almost six years and instead impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a first step towards abolition, Amnesty International said on Monday. Shoaib Sarwar, a death row prisoner convicted on murder charges...

Rules of the game

Published in The Dawn on Aug. 20 :: It was quite an extraordinary way of celebrating the 67th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence last week. Believing that they could usher in freedom/revolution by bringing their supporters out on the street, Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri succeeded only in creating polarisation and instability in a crisis-ridden country. The two marches organised by...

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Pakistan urged to end abductions by state agencies

Published in The Nation on Aug. 30 :: Three leading human rights organisations Friday called on Pakistan’s government to stop the ‘deplorable’ practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts. The call was jointly made by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on...

Impunity Marks Global Day for Disappeared

Published in hrw.org on Aug. 29 :: On the eve of the annual International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urge Pakistan’s government to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts. Despite...

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Cell launched to address women’s complaints

Published in Dawn, August 29th, 2014 :: A women complaint cell was launched as part of the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) set-up on Thursday at a ceremony held in a hotel. The cell at Governor House will address complaints related to domestic violence, divorce and Khula, right to inheritance, maintenance, child custody, kidnapping, sexual abuse, harassment at work, underage marriage...

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Call for strict enforcement of laws on religious rights

Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2014 :: Speaking at a consultative workshop held at the Larkana District Bar Association office on Saturday, lawyers and activists of various civil society organisations called for strict implementation of international covenants on religious rights in order to ensure communal harmony and check extremism in the country. “We have to work as a team to...

SAP seminar urges legislation to end violence and discrimination against religious minorities

Published in The Pakistan Christian Post on Aug. 20 by Abbas Kassar:  South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK) conducted seminar on contribution of Political parties and religious leaders on Right of Expression, Association, Assembly and Thoughts REAT on 20 August 2014 at Regent Plaza Hotel Karachi Sindh Pakistan. The Main objectives of seminar are to gauge the contribution of political parties...