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Role of media in protection, promotion of human rights discussed

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KARACHI: Media persons had an extensive discussion on issues they face in reporting on human rights at a media consultation organized by European Union (EU) funded Huqooq-e-Pakistan Project (HeP) in collaboration with the Sindh Human Rights Department. Huqooq e Pakistan is a joint initiative of the European Union and the Ministry of Human Rights with […]

Pakistan urges world to monitor human rights situation in IIOJK

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said that Pakistan remains fully committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and urged the international community to closely monitor the situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and also to urge India to respect its international obligations. Giving Pakistan’s reaction to the recent US State […]

US report highlights serious rights violations in India and Pakistan

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WASHINGTON: The US State Department’s annual report on human rights on Tuesday identified unlawful, arbitrary and extrajudicial killings and disappearances as major issues in both India and Pakistan. The report — which covers incidents reported in 2020 — highlighted 32 extrajudicial killings in the first half of 2020 in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The […]

Facebook launches fund for human rights defenders facing threat

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WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was launching a corporate human rights policy and a fund aimed at supporting human rights defenders facing online threats. Facebook said the fund, the size of which was not disclosed, will provide offline aid to the defenders facing critical threats, and support new digital security efforts beginning in […]

Experts stress govt-society joint efforts for democratic, human rights reforms

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ISLAMABAD-Bridging gap between civil society and government is vital for bringing democratic and human rights reforms in the country, stressed the participants of an inter-provincial dialogue here on Sunday. They said that human rights formed the foundation of democracy and a strong democracy guaranteed protection and safety of human rights in a society. The main […]

International Women’s Day: HRCP demands end to gender-based violence

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LAHORE: On the International Women’s Day, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) joined the global call to recognise, protect and promote women’s rights. “Foremost, we demand an end to gender-based violence in all its iterations, from domestic abuse, rape and so-called ‘honour’ crimes, to forced conversions, trafficking and harassment at the workplace,” said a […]

‘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 […]