Monthly Archive: October 2010

HRCP demands urgent focus on real issues

* Stresses efforts for revival of local govt system, addressing the needs of IDPs, curbing terrorism and intolerance LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over the fast deterioration of state of affairs of the country and urged the government to return to the task of governance and address the problems of the people. A statement...

Sri Lanka: Rizana’s Family Lives in Hope

By Sumaiya Rizvi The family of Rizana Nafeek is hopeful that she will be reunited with her family soon since President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appealed to the Saudi King, Rizana’s mother Fathima Razeena told the Daily Mirror yesterday. Meanwhile there are reports from Saudi Arabia that Rizana Nafeek will be executed today. “I know my child will come back to...

Human rights icon elected to champion constitutional rights

By Muhammad Akram LAHORE: Asma Jahangir’s election as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association is a success for democratic forces in the country and is bound to strengthen the human rights movement in the country, which she is spearheading as an undisputed icon. Asma Jahangir represents modern, progressive and forward-looking sections of Pakistani society across the globe. Her election...

Abolish the Death Penalty

Britain’s campaign to see capital punishment abolished globally and its pledge to exercise moral leadership on this issue reflects a long standing philosophical commitment to this doctrine. The United Kingdom’s strategy highlighted by the British Foreign Office, through its embassies worldwide on the “World Day Against the Death Penalty” (October 10), draws upon its own record of abolition since 1965....

Sri Lanka: Amnesty Fights for Rizana

Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian King to halt the execution of a young Sri Lankan woman who has lost her appeal against a death sentence for a murder committed when she says she was 17 years old. Rizana Nafeek, who was arrested in May 2005 on charges of killing an infant in her care, had her death sentence...

Sri Lanka: HR Body Requests the Intervention of Muslims

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) yesterday earnestly requested the kind intervention of all persons of the Muslim faith to intervene to save the life of the innocent Sri Lankan girl Rizana Nafeek who has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia.The AHRC said that she was only 17-years-old when she went to Saudi Arabia with almost less than a...

Rizana’s Father Appeals

By Amadoru Amarajeewa The father of the domestic aide Rizana Nafeek, has appealed again to the king of Saudi Arabia for clemency for his daughter. Mohamed Sultan Nafik of Safi Nagar, has also written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to intervene and save his daughter from the death row as no change had been made by the Saudi Arabian highest court...

President Calls for Clemency for Rizana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had written to His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia, on Monday, appealing for clemency with respect to the Sri Lankan national Ms. Rizana Nafeek. Nafeek was convicted and is facing execution as an outcome of a case related to the death of an infant entrusted to her care. Nafeek arrived in Saudi Arabia in April 2005. ...

Women’s Participation Not Enough, Says Study

A year-long study in six countries including Sri Lanka revealed that the goal of a UN resolution adopted 10 years ago to put women in decision-making positions at every level of peacemaking and peace building is not being met, reports said. “Member states are not fulfilling their obligations. This is a resolution that is both realistic and innovative, covering half...

Nepal: Disabled women’s plea for legal shield

Women living with disability say they feel left out in the cold for want of legal protection, thereby hindering their empowerment. Representatives of women with disability say lack of a clear law regarding the rights of physically challenged women and some of the defamatory legal provisions regarding the marital and reproductive rights of disabled women have impeded their progress. Besides,...