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Journalist detained at KU for an hour

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The Express Tribune’s Fawad Hasan was allegedly detained by security officials at the University of Karachi on Monday and then released after an hour. Fawad was at a condolence reference organised by the Karachi University Teachers Society in memory of the varsity’s former associate professor Dr Hasan Zafar Arif at the institution’s Department of International […]

Issues of child abuse; Govt urged to make National Commission on Rights of Children functional

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ISLAMABAD: Participants of a consultative meeting held at the Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat demanded the government to make National Commission on Rights of Children (NCRC) functional to address the issue of child abuse at the all level. Aimed at highlighting the issues of child abuse in Pakistan and seeking recommendations from stakeholders, the meeting was attended […]

Prisoners’ request for painless execution denied

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PESHAWAR: A court has turned down attempts by two death row prisoners who wanted the way death sentences are carried out to be changed. A two-judge bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) comprising Justice Roohul Amin and Justice Qalandar Ali Khan on Thursday dismissed petitions filed by two death row prisoners who have challenged […]

Special desk to deal crime against children

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KARACHI – In the wake of Kasur incident, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali has ordered to set up a separate desk at CM House Complaint Cell to entertain complaints of crime against children , particularly what he termed as ‘sexual terrorism against children .’ He said that our society is degenerating. The Islamic values […]

Applications of over 1,500 ‘enforced disappearances’ still pending: Supreme Court informed

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Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it has disposed of as many as 3,076 applications of disappearance till December last whereas a total of 1,532 applications are pending before the Commission. Submitting report before a three-member bench led by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Registrar of the Commission Khalid […]

CJP displeased at delay in Tayyaba torture case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a report from the Islamabad High Court registrar over the incomplete proceedings of the Tayyaba torture case, being heard by a trial court. According to Geo News report, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed his displeasure that the trial was still incomplete even after a year. He called […]

HRCP, IPSS seminar: ‘Enforced disappearances’ must come to an end

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Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Institute for Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS) organized a seminar on ‘Human Rights in the Era of Enforced Disappearances’ at Safma Auditorium on Saturday. Human rights community, artist community, academics & teachers, students, rights based NGOs, representatives of political parties, and families of missing persons attended the seminar. […]

On paper only, human rights situation better

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ISLAMABAD: In 2017, the overall human rights situation in Pakistan could be deemed better in terms of policymaking and drafting legislation related to key social issues, but worse when observed through the prism of some atrocious incidents such as the Mashal Khan lynching case, and the forced disappearances of bloggers, peace activists, and journalists, which […]

Identity of Kalash people facing extinction, NCHR says

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ISLAMABAD: The identity of the indigenous Kalash people is facing extinction, the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) has warned in a report. Titled The Protection, Preservation and Promotion of Constitutional Rights of Indigenous Kalash People, the report said that “unwilling conversions and cajoled marriages with non-Kalash” are some of the “immediate threats” facing the […]

Parents demand ‘converted’ daughter’s recovery

MITHI: The parents of a Hindu woman, who reportedly embraced Islam a few days back, urged the authorities concerned on Thursday to help recover their “kidnapped” daughter. The couple, belonging to the Meghwar community, speaking at a press conference in the Islamkot Press Club alleged that their 14-year-old daughter was abducted by three armed men, […]

‘Enforced disappearances won’t get Pakistan anywhere’

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Terming enforced disappearances the most futile tactic to deal with political differences, Asad Iqbal Butt, vice chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Sindh chapter, warned the perpetrators to put an end to the practice forthwith. He was addressing a protest rally on Sunday that was held to demand immediate release of the missing […]

Clap for tolerance

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You may have come across clips of celebrities displaying a different take on ‘the clap’. These videos, released as part of a social media campaign, have brought to light our inherent transphobia into Pakistan’s national discourse by calling to simply, #ChangeTheClap. Celebrities that are endorsing the campaign include Osman Ali Butt, Ahmed Ali Butt, Mehwish […]

Plea for rights activist’s recovery

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued a notice for Naseerabad station house officer (SHO) on a habeas corpus petition for the recovery of a missing rights activist, Raza Khan. Hamid Nasir Mahmood filed the petition contending that his brother Khan was allegedly abducted by unidentified persons on December 2 from his Model Colony […]

‘Enforced disappearances are a threat to democratic order’

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Even though a democratic order exists in the country and the courts, parliament and other state institutions are functional, the draconian and extrajudicial practice of enforced disappearances still prevails in Pakistan. This was stated by Nasir Mansoor, deputy secretary general of the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), at a protest rally held in the city […]