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Mumtaz Gilani passes away

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LAHORE: Syed Mumtaz Alam Gilani, former MNA, first Human Rights minister and chief coordinator of the late PM Benazir Bhutto, passed away after a protracted illness on Tuesday. He was 79. He was elder brother of senior journalist Imtiaz Alam. He will be buried after Asr prayers in his ancestral city Bahawalnagar on Wednesday (today). […]

HRCP concerned at rights defender’s disappearance

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LAHORE: Four months after the disappearance of political worker and human rights defender Idris Khattak, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) remains greatly concerned as to his physical and mental well being. Allegedly, Mr Khattak was forcibly disappeared on Nov 13, 2019, by four plainclothes men on the Swabi motorway interchange in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. […]

Jam Saqi paid tribute on second death anniversary

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HYDERABAD: Hari leaders and rights activists have paid rich tributes to comrade Jam Saqi for his struggle for the rights of peasants and downtrodden people. Addressing the second death anniversary of Saqi at Sindh Museum here on Thursday organised by Jam Saqi Yadgar Committee, they said comrade Saqi devoted his life to challenge dictators. Writer […]

Owais Aslam Ali elected as Co-Chair of Media Freedom Coalition Advisory Network.

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Owais Aslam Ali, Secretary General, Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)  has been elected as one of the three chairpersons of Media Freedom Coalition Advisory Group (MFC-AN).  The other chairpersons are Silvia Chocarro of Article 19 and Rachael Kay of the International Freedom […]

MoHR receives 40,000 complaints relating to human rights

Islamabad: The Ministry of Human Rights helpline 1099 had received over 40,000 complaints regarding human rights during January 2020, said Secretary MoHR, Ribia Javeria Agha on Sunday. Talking to this agency, she said the complaints relating to inheritance and child abuse were being addressed on priority. She said, “Together, we need to strengthen coordination and […]

HRCP launches Asma memorial lecture

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ISLAMABAD: Asma Jahangir was the voice of the voiceless. The poor and their issues were very close to her heart. It is a day to celebrate her services. These were some of the views expressed about the fearless and iconic human rights champion during a discussion on how to take forward her legacy on Tuesday […]

Campaign for women’s rights announced

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KARACHI: On the eve of National Women’s Day, Uks Research Centre annou­nced a month-long campaign on ‘Women’s Rights and the Feminist Movement in Pakistan’ at its office here on Tuesday. February 12 is a reminder of the historical struggle initiated in the 1980s by women’s rights activists under the banner of the Women’s Action Forum […]

Sindh made record-breaking human rights legislations: CM

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has claimed that the Sindh government has enacted “record-breaking human rights laws” to protect every segment of society, from domestic workers to street children and women. “We are now focusing on the implementation of the laws that have not been enforced properly,” he maintained while talking to […]

2,093 human rights violation cases registered in Sindh in one year

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KARACHI: As many as 2,093 cases of human rights violations were reported to the police between Jan 31, 2019 and Jan 31, 2020 and 2,115 suspects were arrested, police data shared with the media recently said. It said that 735 of the cases had been chargesheeted, 863 under investigation and 749 cases were being heard […]

Law minister, lawyer’s leader oppose NA resolution on public hanging

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Farogh Nase­­em on Saturday opposed the resolution adopted in the National Assembly suggesting exemplary punishment of public hanging for people convicted of sexually abusing and killing children. “Public hanging does not only violate a Supreme Cou­rt verdict but is also against Islamic injunctions,” he said in a statement. Talking to Dawn, the law […]

Pakistan court grants bail to activists, drops sedition charges

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Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani court has dismissed “sedition” charges against 23 rights activists arrested at a protest in the capital, ordering authorities to grant them bail so they may be released from prison. The Islamabad High Court ruled on Monday that the activists had been proceeded against unfairly and asked authorities to review the […]

2019 in review – Pakistan: Crackdown on human rights intensifies

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In 2019, the authorities tightened their control over freedom of expression, failed to uphold commitments to legislate against torture and enforced disappearances and prevailed upon shrinking the space for civil society to defend and promote human rights, Amnesty International said as the human rights organization released its annual report on events in the Asia-Pacific region. […]

Activist Jalila Haider released after being held by FIA for 7 hours at Lahore Airport

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Lawyer and human rights activist Jalila Haider was released on Monday after being detained by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for seven hours at the Lahore airport, Dawn reported. Haider, while talking to Dawn, said that she was stopped by airport authorities when she was boarding a flight to the United Kingdom, where she had […]

SHRC registered 337 human rights violation cases from June ’18 to June ’19

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The Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday launched its annual report that covers the activities and initiatives undertaken by the commission in 2018-19. The SHRC is a statutory body established under the Sindh Protection of Human Rights Act 2011 with statutory powers to inquire into cases by taking suo moto notice of complaints, to inspect public […]