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Academics, journalists appointed TDEA trustees

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ISLAMABAD: A seven-member board headed by veteran journalist and analyst Muhammad Ziauddin has assumed its responsibilities as trustees of the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability, which also supervises operations of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), says a press release issued here. The appointment of the new board is part of TDEA’s institutional […]

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Govt urged to form commission on child rights

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LAHORE: Child Rights Movement (CRM), a coalition of 30 civil society organisations, has urged the Punjab government to establish a provincial commission on the rights of children without delay. “It is unfortunate that even after ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 25 years ago, there is no body with […]

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Cybercrime bill consultation leaves out stakeholders

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ISLAMABAD: The network of civil society, rights bodies and service providers associations petitioned to the upper house of parliament. The protest was against the government’s decision to not include them in the process of consultation, as per advertisement. Despite formation of a sub-committee to finalize the draft unanimously, the rights activists, civil society network and […]

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Amendments to Cyber Crimes bill finalised

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ISLAMABAD: A sub-committee of the Parliament on Wednesday finalised amendments in the draft cyber crimes bill, giving some concessions to the IT industry and civil society while maintaining most of the original clauses of the previously formulated legislation. A marathon meeting of the committee, chaired by Major (R) Tahir Iqbal continued for six hours to […]

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Amendments to Cyber Crimes bill finalized

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ISLAMABAD: A sub-committee of the Parliament on Wednesday finalised amendments in the draft cyber crimes bill, giving some concessions to the IT industry and civil society while maintaining most of the original clauses of the previously formulated legislation. A marathon meeting of the committee, chaired by Major (R) Tahir Iqbal continued for six hours to […]

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Call for practical steps to tackle climate change

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HYDERABAD: Environment exp¬erts and civil society leaders on Monday called for taking result-oriented steps to counter climate changes in Pakistan that is causing frequent floods, extreme heatwave and drought. They were speaking at a seminar titled “Gender and Social Vulner¬ability to Climate Change: A Study of Disasters Prone Areas in Sindh” organised by the Social […]

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Share draft of bill with public, says CPDI

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ISLAMABAD: Urging the Sindh government to share the draft of the right to information bill with the public, the Centre of Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) said that the bill should only be presented for cabinet approval after seeking input from all the stakeholders, including the media, civil society groups and citizens. “It is ironic […]

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Call for enactment of pending child rights bills

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Islamabad: Calling for enactment of all pending bills and release of budgetary allocations, a group of civil society organisations has welcomed recent movement for enactment of pending child rights related legislation at the federal level, including the National Commission on the Rights of the Children (NCRC) Bill. The Child Right Movement (CRM) Pakistan — a […]

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Separate family laws a must to protect minorities

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Karachi: Politicians, intellectuals and members of the civil society have called for devising separate family laws for all minority faiths for ensuring protection of their rights. They were speaking at a seminar titled, “Safety and security of religious minorities: role of state and society”, organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and Research (Piler) […]

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Right to know: Activists stress for implementation of right to information law

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HYDERABAD: Civil society activists pressed for implementing the provincial law that grants the public access to information regarding government functionaries and official documents. The participants at a dialogue on Sunday also pointed out flaws and ambiguities in the Sindh Freedom of Information Act, 2006, which the officials allegedly manipulate to keep information from the people. […]

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Call to implement SC verdict on minorities’ rights

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LARKANA: Speakers at a consultative programme have urged the government to implement last year’s landmark judgement of the Supreme Court that outlines a strategy on how to protect the non-Muslims communities’ rights. The programme was organised by the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) in collaboration with the Rights of Expression, Assembly, Association and Thought (REAT) […]

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Sindhi version of national climate change policy launched

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Karachi: Speakers representing academia, research institutions, Sindh government and civil society on Tuesday emphasised the need to encourage the youth of universities to take up the issues of climate change through research and focus on threats to natural resources due to climatic variations. They were speaking at the launching ceremony of the National Climate Change […]

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Online guide published to encourage sustainable business in Pakistan

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KARACHI: “The reason why Pakistan suffers from rampant child labour is because the definition of a child varies to suit the needs of a few. Once it is universalised, then only will we be able to eradicate this social evil,” said Karamat Ali, executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler). […]

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Loopholes: Women protection bill needs major changes, says activists

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LAHORE: The draft Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill has many shortcomings, rights activists said at a discussion on Wednesday. The event was organised by Shirkat Gah, the Women’s Resource Centre. The speakers expressed reservations over the bill, recently tabled in the Punjab Assembly, it has been referred to a standing committee. Lawyer Hina […]

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