Category: Pakistan

SAHR Condemns the Massacre in Peshawar

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) condemns the massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar where 141 people have been killed of which 132 are children. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those that have been injured. The horrific incident is yet another example of the barbaric nature of the groups that commit heinous crimes...

Fishermen issue: India, Pak hope to reach deal

Published in The Hindustan Times on Dec. 15 by Rahul Singh :: India will push for an arrangement with Pakistan under which both countries could take a slightly lenient view of maritime trespass by their fishermen in the Arabian Sea, a senior defence ministry official told HT. India will hold high-level talks with Pakistan on December 17-18 here to discuss...

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PAKISTAN: ‘Govt must protect rights defenders’

Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2014 by Amel Ghani :: Human rights organisations have suffered great losses over the past year and Rashid Rehman’s death has made it even more pertinent to look into the security of human rights defenders, Tanveer Jahan, director of the Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD), said in her opening address at a...

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PAKISTAN: How Pakistan’s women are punished for love

Published in The BBC News on Dec. 12 by Yalda Hakim :: In a country fighting to preserve patriarchal and tribal traditions, Pakistan’s women can face brutality – and even death – if they fall in love with the wrong person. Arifa, 25, dared to stand up to her family, running away with the man she fell in love with...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

PAKISTAN: How nations fail women

Published in The Nation on Nov. 12 :: In 1995 when a decisive UN Women’s Conference took place in Beijing, most women didn’t notice another major and worrying event that took place earlier the very same year – the formation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization not created by the UN but dreamt up and aggressively pushed through...

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PAKISTAN: ‘Anti-terrorism laws being used against HR activists’

Published in Dawn, November 12th, 2014 :: Israrud Din, a human rights activist from Gilgit Baltistan, said that anti-terrorism laws in the country are being used against human rights activists, political workers and those who speak up for their rights. He was speaking at a conference titled “The Convention against Torture and Pakistan: Towards Implementation and Accountability” organized by Human...