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PPF seeks justice for detained Bangladeshi reporter

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazidof Bangladesh, expressed concern over the arrest of reporter Nazmul Huda in Dhaka on Dec 24. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Bangladesh to properly investigate the charges against Huda, and to ensure that he gets a fair hearing. […]

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Four bloggers, social media activists go missing in Pakistan

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Four bloggers and social media activists went missing from Islamabad, the federal capital, and Lahore and Nankana Sahib in Punjab province in Pakistan. Salman Haider, an academic, journalist and rights activist who also writes a blog for the website of DAWN newspaper, went missing on Friday, January 6, from Islamabad.  Ahmed Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed […]

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PPF concerned over continued detention of Egyptian journalists

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Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, expressed concern over the continued detention of journalists Mohamed Hassan, Hamdy Al-Zaem, and Osama Al-Beshbeshy. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Egypt to review the cases of the three journalists who have been held in prison for […]

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PPF urges Uzbek president to release journalist imprisoned for 17 years

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan, urged for the release from prison of Muhammad Bekjanov, one of the world’s longest imprisoned journalists. The 62-year old Bekjanov, in prison for the last 17 years, was recently moved to solitary confinement, according to Human Rights Watch. He is already suffering […]

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Expressing concern: SCBA wants autonomy for rights commission

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ISLAMABAD: The head of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) S Ali Zafar has expressed concern over the federal government’s indifference to the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR), a statutory organisation purpose-built for the enforcement of fundamental rights. In a written statement, the president has recommended that the rights body should be granted administrative […]

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Amnesty expresses concern over executions in Pakistan

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NEW YORK: Human rights are fast becoming a casualty in the drive to wipe out fanatical groups like the militant Islamic State group and Boko Haram, the head of Amnesty International warned as the watchdog released its annual report on the state of human rights around the world. “What is unique to 2015 is that […]

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Action plan: Govt devises strategy to protect human rights

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ISLAMABAD: The government announced on Thursday a 16-point comprehensive action plan to promote and protect human rights in the country and allocated Rs100 million for its effective implementation. Minister for Human Rights Zahid Hamid announced the plan, flanked by Minister of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid and Special Assistant to the Prime […]

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Limiting powers: Rights watchdog barters autonomy for funds

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ISLAMABAD: In a bid to secure funds from the government for its regular operations, the national watchdog on human rights violations has decided to scale down some of its activities. In exchange for limiting its role, officials at the ministry of human rights say the government has assured that funds for the body will be […]

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Karachi — where labour laws are flouted and hands are lost

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Karachi: Tanveer Baloch stared blankly into space. Perhaps, it was the pain he was going through while recalling his horrific ordeal that brought the conversation to a halt. After a brief pause, he ended the awkward silence, saying, “It’s not the physical injury that is painful for me, the stitches have healed the wounds. It’s […]

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