Category: General News Alerts

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Electoral reforms: What about women?

Electoral reforms have become the hottest topic in debate at present. Despite the various promises the good governance regime has granted or is willing to, there are certain shortcomings in this new initiative. Women’s rights have been an issue that has needed consistent attention from those in power.  Although many women’s rights activists and organizations worked in favour of the...

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Enforced disappearances: South Asian states asked to ratify UN convention

Published in The Express Tribune on Feb. 5th :: Law experts and human rights activists from South Asian countries have called upon governments in the region, to ratify the United Nations convention on enforced disappearances. Enforced disappearance is an international crime. In spite of that several South Asian countries including Pakistan have not yet ratified to the International Convention for...

Human Rights Day: Human rights matter every day for everyone, everywhere

Published in www.ohchr.org on Dec. 09 :: “Human rights matter because they are dependent on only one thing: being human.” This is one of the short video messages sent by everyday human rights defenders from around the world through the video sharing platform, Vine, the main social medium used to celebrate this year’s Human Rights Day. The UN Human Rights...

On Disability Rights, Building a Movement One Billion Strong

Published in The Open Society Foundations Website on Dec. 03 :: More than a billion people in the world have a disability, according to the World Health Organization. That’s one out of every seven people. Some of these people are lucky enough to live in places where their rights are respected. But many more are not. Because of physical, communication,...

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The power of human rights education

Published in The Daily Star on Dec. 09 by Mohammad Golam Sarwar :: Raise Your Voice For Human Rights IN every year human rights day is observed with lots of commitment and aspiration from national and International patrons. After 65 years of human rights declaration, human rights still remain a matter of observance and not being a matter of effective realisation....

UN adopts resolution for safety of working journalists

  Published in The Nation – Pakistan on Nov. 23 :: A committee of the UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists that calls on States to promote a safe environment to journalists to work independently. Proposed by France, Greece, Austria, Argentina, Costa Rica and Tunisia and co-sponsored by more than 80 countries, the...

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UN adopts resolution on peoples’ right to self-determination

Published in Dawn, November 19th, 2014 A United Nations General Assembly committee on Tuesday adopted a Pakistani-sponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights. The resolution manifested the 193-member body’s firm opposition to acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation,...