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‘State is criminalizing human rights voices in Pakistan’

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KARACHI: Minority rights and a look at the history and future of human rights in Pakistan were the main topic of the discussion during an online interactive dialogue titled ‘Human Rights Vision 2020 & Beyond’ on Wednesday. The event was organized by Ziauddin University (ZU) in connection with the International Human Rights Day. Highlighting the […]


HRCP demands state improve its human rights record

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LAHORE: The general body of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called on the state to improve its human rights record, particularly protect freedom of expression and ensure that charges of sedition and terrorism and the practice of enforced disappearances are not used to stamp out dissent. At the conclusion of its 34th […]


International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalist 2020

2020 presents a grim picture for press freedom in Pakistan – Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) 2020 presents a grim picture for press freedom in Pakistan with multiple attempts to silence the voices of the media in the print, broadcast and online spheres. The media in Pakistan continues to work under an environment of fear and significant constraints […]


Baluchistan to formulate first human rights policy

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Islamabad: To strengthen the protection, promotion and enforcement of human rights, the Baluchistan government, with the support of Huqooq-e-Pakistan project (HeP), will develop its first human rights policy. The policy will be developed after consultation with all stakeholders. The policy will also build upon legislative and policy initiatives already undertaken by the Baluchistan government and […]


Pakistan wins UN Human Rights Council elections

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) with an overwhelming majority securing 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly. Elections were held in New York on early Tuesday. Among the five candidates from the Asia-Pacific region vying for four seats, Pakistan secured the highest number of votes. […]


Call for specific laws and policies to protect human rights defenders

Sindh Human Rights Defenders Network (SHRDN) leaders said on Wednesday Pakistan did not have specific laws, policies or practices that protect human rights defenders and laws were therefore used to restrict the rights of defenders and criminalise their activities. Speaking at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, SHRDN coordinator Ali Palh expressed serious […]


Missing human rights activist Sarang Joyo returns home in Karachi

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Human rights activist Sarang Joyo returned to his home in Karachi late on Sunday night, his father said, almost a week after he reportedly went missing. His father, the well-known Sindhi writer Taj Joyo, said “unknown people had dropped” his son off at Sohrab Goth around 1am, adding that Sarang had then come home in […]


MoHR launching Human Rights Film Festival

Islamabad- The Ministry of Human Rights, as part of the Huqooq-e-Pakistan collaborative project with the European Union, is launching a Human Rights Film Festival to increase awareness and understanding of human rights issues in Pakistan.  The ‘Reels for Rights’ festival will be held online from 4th to 25th August 2020. As lockdown and measures implemented […]


HRCP terms govt response to Covid-19 unsatisfactory

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has declared the government’s response to Covid-19 unsatisfactory but the latter again claimed that apart from Karachi the situation across the country is under control. While replying to a call attention notice in the National Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary on National Health Services (NHS) Dr Nausheen Hamid said […]


HRCP voices reservations over formation of national minorities’ commission

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The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strong reservations over the formation of a national minorities’ commission through a cabinet decision based on a summary moved by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. In a statement, it has said that the proposed composition smacks of partisanship and, above all, as a non-statutory […]


HRCP raises concerns over human rights in Pakistan

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The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) raised several pertinent concerns in its 2019 annual report on the State of Human Rights in Pakistan. However, the report overlooks several major milestones towards securing and safeguarding the rights of vulnerable groups that were reached in the past year in Pakistan, said a press release issued on […]


Since 2013, daily killings have dropped by 84pc in Karachi: HRCP

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Although many efforts have been made to improve the law and order situation, including the launch of various police and military operations in the past, street crime and kidnappings for ransom in Sindh’s urban areas were rampant last year. This was observed in the ‘State of Human Rights in 2019’ report of the Human Rights […]


HRCP highlights plight of weakest section of society

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KARACHI: Warning that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will worsen human rights record of the country, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has observed that 2019 was the year of widespread social and economic marginalisation that left the weakest segment of society invisible and unheard. The human rights organisation released its flagship annual report ‘State […]


HRCP for addressing medics’ concerns about safety

LAHORE: The country’s need for medical personnel in the midst of a public health crisis does not override their right to occupational health and safety nor does it justify the high-handedness of the police who attempted to quell the strike by force. This was stated by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) here on […]