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South Asians for Human Rights pay tribute to Asma

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ON a warm Colombo summer evening, South Asians for Human Rights paid a rich tribute to their founding member, Asma Jahangir, who was a spokesperson of the organisation at the time of her passing. SAHR was co-founded by Asma Jahangir, from Pakistan, IK Gujral, former prime minister of India, Dr Kamal Hossain, lawyer and politician […]

HRCP slams attacks on Jibran Nasir

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Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said it was gravely concerned at the escalating threat to independent candidate Jibran Nasir in Karachi. Nasir and his supporters – who have been canvassing on rights-based issues such as access to water, housing and education – have been targeted consistently by right-wing elements, especially over the […]

HRCP pessimistic about free, fair election

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has predicted that the coming general elections will be the dirtiest, most micromanaged and most intensively participated polls in the country’s history. Speaking at a news conference held a few hours after his meeting with the chief election commissioner (CEC) on Monday, HRCP spokesperson I.A. Rehman said […]

PFUJ concerned at violence against journalists

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed grave concern over the violent attack on BOL News journalist Asad Kharal and kidnapping of Waqt TV analyst Gul Bukhari, in Lahore. In a statement, the union President Afzal Butt and Secretary-General Ayub Jan Sarhandi said both incidents had similar patterns and indicated the involvement […]

NHRC member concerned over plight of coal miners

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QUETTA: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern over unsafe coal mining practices in Balochistan and the plight of coal miners working without safety precautions while digging as deep as 1,000 kilometres in coal mines. NHRC member Fazila Alyani during her visit to Quetta met leaders of coal mine labour unions and officials […]

Islamabad police only ‘stopped’ journalists’ press freedom rally, officials tell sessions judge

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Islamabad police on Saturday told a sessions court judge that its officials had merely “stopped” a group of journalists from marching towards the Red Zone on World Press Freedom Day rather than manhandled them, as alleged earlier. On World Press Freedom Day, observed on May 3, a group of journalists had marched towards Islamabad’s D-Chowk […]

CJP sets up HR cells in Karachi, Lahore

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ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has established two branches of Human Rights Cells in the first phase at Branch Registries of this Court in Karachi and Lahore. He has also established a Minority Wing at Human Rights Directorate in Islamabad. According to a press statement, the purpose of establishing Human Rights […]

‘Issue of missing persons being politicised’

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ISLAMABAD: The National Commission for Enforced Disappearances has stated some political neophytes and adventurous politicians were trying to use the humanitarian crisis of missing persons to their advantage and were politicising the issue by misinforming the innocent Pakhtuns. It clarified statistics regarding handing over of 4,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries were baseless. The commission said […]

Report on missing activist sought

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a report from Ministry of Defence pertaining to whereabouts of a missing rights activist Raza Mahmood Khan. As hearing started, a Deputy Attorney General Javed Kasuri filed a report on behalf of Ministry of Interior which disclosed that the alleged missing activist was not in custody of […]

Amnesty International urges Pakistan to resolve enforced disappearances cases

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ISLAMABAD: The Amnesty International urged Pakistan to resolve hundreds of cases of enforced disappearances as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted on Monday the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. “As an elected member of this council, Pakistan must uphold the highest human rights standards – to not just acknowledge violations, […]

Missing activist Samar Abbas contacts family members

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KARACHI: Missing social media activist Samar Abbas, who mysteriously disappeared in January last year, contacted his family Tuesday and is expected to return home soon. Abbas heads the Civil Progress Alliance Pakistan (CPAP). “We received a call from Samar on Tuesday,” his brother Ashar Abbas told The Express Tribune. “He informed us that he has […]

Child protection institutes across Pakistan demanded

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Islamabad: Child Rights Movement (CRM) National Secretariat conducted a press conference at Press Club Islamabad here on Wednesday to call for the need for accelerated measures needed by the government to curb child sexual abuse in Pakistan. CRM, a network of civil society organisations and activists working for the promotion and protection of child rights […]

Another case of enforced disappearance comes to light

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Two days after desperate family members of a missing person shared their ordeal with the media at the Karachi Press Club, another distraught family came forward on Thursday with their own account of fear and helplessness. Syed Jamil, an engineer by profession, while addressing mediafolk at the club yesterday afternoon, said that his son, Nabeel […]

Man protests for recovery of ‘missing’ daughters, wife

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KARACHI – An old man resident of DHA, Karachi held a protest demonstration outside KPC, seeking recovery of his three ‘missing’ daughters and his ex-wife who he claimed were ‘detained’ by some influential persons for the sake of money. The citizen who identified him as Sohail Mughal told media men that he was engaged in […]