Category: Pakistan

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...

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PAKISTAN: Safeguarding rights: Human rights groups urge criminalisation of torture

Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2014 :: HRCP, in collaboration with World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), presented a set of recommendations to the government, parliamentarians, civil society and media at a two-day consultation on Convention against Torture and Pakistan on Tuesday to criminalise custodial torture in Pakistan. Although torture is prohibited in the Constitution of Pakistan under Article...

Pakistani blasphemy laws and minorities

Published in The Kashmir Time on Nov. 11 by Nasir Khan: This unthinkable and horrifying news of the breaking of the legs of a working-class Christian couple and burning them alive by a large mob of Muslims in Pakistan shows the utmost inhuman acts in the name of religion in general and blasphemy laws of Pakistan in particular. (For details,...

PAKISTAN: Women’s rights: slow progress, mighty obstacles

Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 10: Though the Constitution recognises women’s rights, they are not given to women because of cultural and traditional, social, economic, legal, religious and political prohibitions. Pakistan has almost forgotten the words of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who said: “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your...

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PAKISTAN: Pakistan police officer kills ‘blasphemer’ with axe

Published in BBC News Asia on Nov. 6 :: A Pakistani policeman has been arrested after allegedly killing a man with an axe because he suspected him of committing blasphemy. Police say Faraz Naveed struck the victim, Tufail Naqvi, on the neck and head after the latter was arrested during a street fight on Wednesday. The victim is reported to...

INDIA, PAKISTAN: PIPFPD appeals to both India and Pakistan to immediately stop ceasefire violations

Published in pipfpd.org website :: The ceasefire violations and firing taking place on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir is a matter of grave concern. India and Pakistan are blaming each other for ceasefire violations and cross border firing that began on the night of Wednesday (October 1st) and is continuing till...

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PAKISTAN: Human trafficking in Pakistan: Not for sale

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, November 2nd, 2014 :: Fourteen-year-old Kanwal Shah, a Pashtun girl living in the northwest region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), was walking home from school one day when she was hit on the head by a couple of unknown men. When she woke up next, she found herself at a brothel in the remote southeastern...