A Database of ESCR judgements


South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has compiled a database with judgements on 14 selected economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights of five South Asian countries – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SAHR compiled these judgements to contribute to the greater awareness on ESC rights and their protection…

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Standing committees’ fitness

A SERIOUS issue raised in the media recently related to whether a parliamentary standing committee should have discussed a demonstration of push-ups by the national cricket team. But before we examine the place of push-ups in our life and culture it seems necessary to appraise the role of standing committees…

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The curse of triple talaaq


The Radiance is a weekly journal of the Jamaat-e-Islamia, a fundamentalist organisation. It carries on its front page an article which says: First, you give us account. Apparently, it means the Hindus. The article is on triple talaaq. The Hindu Personal Law came into being after the intervention of the…

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Reform as a process

From different news reports, it appears that the very fundamental reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Area are coming soon. The Fata Reforms Commission’s final report has been presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for onward approval by the Cabinet and then to be tabled in the National Assembly. This reforms…

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South Asian States must criminalize enforced disappearances and give justice to thousands of victims

Tens of thousands of enforced disappearances in South Asia can only be addressed if all the region’s governments immediately criminalize this serious human rights violation, said today lawyers and activists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The call came at a Conference on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, organized…

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