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HRCP annual report launched

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ISLAMABAD: Other than certain positive developments with regard to legislation and security situation, the overall state of human rights remained grim in the country in the year 2018, shows the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)’s annual report ‘State of Human Rights in 2018’ launched on Monday. The report says that progress and observation of […]


Human rights put on the back burner in election year: report

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s (HRCP) annual report 2018 documented that the overall situation of human rights deteriorated across the country during the election year, with a startling curtailment of individual and collective freedom of expression. The commission’s council members — during the launch ceremony of the report at a local hotel on […]


Human rights and democratic participation

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With Harris Khalique becoming the new secretary-general of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) it was expected that some new vitality and vigour would be injected into this pre-eminent human rights organisation in Pakistan. The HRCP has benefitted a lot from the old guards such as Afrasiab Khattak, Anis Haroon, Asad Iqbal Butt, Asma […]


‘Harassment is an issue of human rights, security & economics’

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KARACHI: “I am a victim of sexual harassment. When a legislator like myself, who had a part in the making of the harassment bill, can be verbally abused by the treasury benches in the assembly the way that I was, then what to say about the other women,” said MPA Nusrat Seher Abbasi. She was […]


Rights minister insists transgender community being safeguarded

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is one of the most progressive countries in the world for legislating laws to secure and safeguard the rights of the transgender community. This was stated by the Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Thursday as she responded to the statistics shared by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) earlier over […]


No coercion in adult Ghotki girls conversion, rules IHC

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ISLAMABAD: Two Hindu girls from Sindh, who had allegedly been forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslims, did so voluntarily, ruled the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday. The court also declared that the two sisters were adults and could live with their husbands if they wanted to. The decision came during a hearing […]


HRCP sees dismal situation of democratic practices in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: There is a dismal situation of human rights and democratic practices in Pakistan, efforts are being made to alter the 18th Amendment, international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) have been thrown out of the country, media has been facing immense pressure and the state is keen to ensure that people follow a single narrative. This was […]


Afraid of societal stigma, victims and their families often hush up cases of revenge porn, online harrassment

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Karachi: With a chador wrapped around her head and face, a scared and jittery young woman sat in the waiting area of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Cybercrime Circle in Karachi. Next to her was an elderly woman, like a deer caught in the headlights, waiting to speak to an investigation officer. Every now and then, the […]


Experts call for extensive review of textbooks

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KARACHI: “The Shariat Act says that you are not to enforce Islamic teaching on non-Muslims, but here you have syllabi which teach Islam to non-Muslims. Our courses really require an extensive review,” said retired Justice Majida Rizvi at the education conference on ‘Right to education without discrimination’ organised by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) […]


SHO suspended for manhandling transgenders

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KARACHI: The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), South Karachi, Sharjeel Kharal, has suspended the station house officer (SHO) of the Mauripur police station for allegedly manhandling transgenders. The DIG South took the action after a video of a reported raid on a birthday party of a transgender near Hawkesbay went viral on social media, […]


HRCP expresses concern at state of rights

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has noted with concern the state’s amendment of the requisites of participatory democracy and reversal to the concept of a majoritarian state. On the conclusion of its 33rd annual general meeting, HRCP said this trend must be arrested as it runs counter to the dictates of pluralism. […]


Schoolteacher booked for torturing student

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LAHORE: A schoolteacher was booked for torturing a class IX student two days ago in a private school in Manawan. Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CPWB) chairperson Sarah Ahmed took notice of the incident. She directed the police to take action against the teacher and provided medical and legal facilities to the student. “A student […]


Pakistani Hindus free to enjoy religious freedom: Dr Ramesh

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KARACHI : Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has said that Pakistan is a free country where Hindu community enjoys religious freedom. He made these remarks while addressing the Geeta Samelan ceremony, which was attended by thousands of Hindu people across the country. Dr Ramesh Vankwani said that objective of dedicating Holi […]


Family demands justice as schoolboy killed in crossfire in Quaidabad

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KARACHI: A 10-year-old boy was killed in an exchange of gunfire between policemen in civvies and a suspected criminal in Quaidabad, police said on Saturday. The incident took place late on Friday night in which two policemen, another boy and the suspect sustained bullet wounds. The police claimed that the boy was killed by the […]