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‘Human rights abuses’ at internment centres worries SC

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed serious concern over “human rights violations” at the internment centres set up in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. “The US has set up a detention facility in Guantánamo Bay outside its territorial limits to detain and interrogate foreign prisoners. In contrast we have detained our own citizens at internment centres where they have […]


Opposition, treasury in Sindh Assembly join hands to pass reproductive healthcare rights law

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KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed the Sindh Reproductive Healthcare Rights Bill aimed at promoting the reproductive healthcare rights of men and women and taking care of complications with regard to pregnancy and childbirth. The bill was originally handed to the standing committee on health a month earlier, which returned it to the […]


Countries urged to accelerate efforts for women empowerment

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THE rights of women and girls, especially regarding their sexual and reproductive health, are not up for negotiation. They should be given as a matter of fact and not as a matter of fight. The world must act now and accelerate efforts to empower women, end gender-based discrimination and violence, female genital mutilation and child […]


Court acquitted Sahiwal accused, not govt: Mazari

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ISLAMABAD:Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari Monday informed the National Assembly (NA) that the government had filed an appeal against the verdict of a special anti-terrorism court in Sahiwal encounter case. “It was the court’s decision not that of the government and we have already filed an appeal against it,” she said, while responding […]


Minorities’ rights are protected in Pakistan: Omer Ayub

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ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Power and Petroleum Omer Ayub Khan Monday said minorities, living in the country, are safe and their legal rights are protected as opening of Kartarpur corridor is its living example. Talking to a private news channel, he said Pakistan has opened the corridor to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims and Prime Minister […]


‘Injustice, poverty fuelling violence in society’

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KARACHI: A seminar on ‘Non-Violent and Tolerant Society: Transforming Youth into Heroes of Tomorrow’ was held on Thursday at the department of psychology of the University of Karachi (KU). Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Iqbal Afridi, head of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, said that to build a peaceful society, one needed to curb the elements […]


Rights ministry told to notify rules to implement transgender persons’ law

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The Sindh High Court has directed the ministry of human rights to notify rules and all relevant guidelines within two months and implement the Transgender Persons (protection of rights) Act, 2018. The direction came during a hearing of a petition of M Tariq Mansoor, an advocate, seeking full and effective participation of transgender persons and […]


Implementation of law to protect transgenders’ rights ordered

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has expressed displeasure over non-implementation of a law aimed at protecting the rights of transgender persons and directed the ministry of human rights to notify its rules and implement the law within two months. A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar observed that there was no cavil to […]


MPAs for protecting home-based workers’ rights

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KARACHI  – Women members of Sindh Assembly, representing treasury and opposition benches, here Friday pledged to unanimously support the cause of gender sensitivity, including provision for economic empowerment of women and excluded groups. Actively participating in a session organised by Home Net-Pakistan and UN Women to mark World Home Based Workers (HBW) Day they also committed to rise […]


Indian Occupied Kashmir: Pakistan hails US public hearing on human rights

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Pakistan Thursday welcomed the US House of Representatives Sub-Committee on Asia & the Pacific’s public hearing on human rights in South Asia with focus on the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Welcoming the hearing, the Foreign Office said in a statement that the deliberations were mostly focused on the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in […]


Sindh govt’s performance in implementing human rights legislation questioned

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KARACHI: Although the record of the Sindh province with regard to legislation pertaining to human rights — that ranges from protection from underage marriages to initiating a law against forced conversion — is much better than other provinces, the performance of the provincial government with regard to implementation came under criticism during a recent meeting, […]


‘Ban’ on media coverage: JUI-F writes to HR, journalist bodies against Pemra

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ISLAMABAD: On account of being a major opposition party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has written letters to human and journalist rights organisations in which it pointed out that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed ban on the broadcasting coverage of its chief. It also stated in letter that JUI-F is continuously raising its voice […]


Asma Jahangir conference: Asma Jahangir Conference kicks off

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LAHORE: On the first day of “Asma Jahangir Conference 2019 – Roadmap for Human Rights”, experts proposed three reforms in dealing with cases of sexual harassment against women and children, here Friday. The proposals are: timely alarm in such cases, reforms in methods of investigation and timely DNA test. AGHS Legal Aid Cell is the […]


PA human rights committee discusses UN conventions’ implementation

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The Sindh Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights has proposed the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform to ensure provincial-level compliance with international commitments under a trade incentive scheme of General System of Preference Plus (GSP+) by the European Union. This proposal emerged at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights presided over by […]