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Alleged human smuggler held with children

LAHORE, April 27,2005: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on April 26 held an alleged human smuggler with two camel jokeys at Lahore airport. An FIA official told Dawn that Mohammad Ramzan was detained on suspicion of having traveled on fake documents. On checking, it was found that he had two children with him whom he […]

Man killed over Karo-Kari

SUKKUR, April 25, 2005: A man was killed on the pretext of Karo-Kari in village Wali Muhammad Jo Khoh near Pir Jo Goth on Sunday. Reports said Karim Bukhsh was on way to home when unknown armed men shot him dead and fled. Police claimed that the reason of killing was Karo-Kari. Also, one Irshad […]

Four children recovered from illegal police custody

KHAIRPUR, April 24, 2005: Four children were recovered from illegal police confinement from the lockup of the A-section police on April 23. The Child Rights Committee Khairpur filed a petition in the sessions court Khairpur for the recovery of illegally detained children from police custody. At this, the court official conducted raid at A-section police […]

Blasphemer’ killed by mob

PESHAWAR – Armed villagers killed an alleged blasphemer in Nowshera on April 20 after he reportedly desecrated the Quran. Police confirmed the incident and also took the body into its possession. Talking to Daily Times by phone, a local police official believed that Aasheq Nabi, 40, was killed in connection with his alleged desecration of […]

Three women taken to hospital after police beating

LAHORE, April 17,2005: Four women members of the Pakistan People’s Party, including three provincial assembly members, had to be taken to hospital for treatment after being beaten up by policemen on April 16, the day PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Lahore. MPAs Azma Zahid Bukhari, Farzana Raja and Faiza Malik, and Muazzama Husnain […]

HRCP supports mix marathons

KARACHI , April 10, 2005: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said on April 8 that the government decision to hold marathons for men and women separately was in violation of the constitution. It said that Article 4 guarantees equal opportunities, equal rights to all citizens in every field, while Article 25 stressed that no […]

Sale of organs by bonded labors on the increase

LAHORE ,April 09,205 ,Hundreds of bonded workers across the country are believed to have sold kidneys to pay off debts, reports IRIN, a UN information unit. The problem of impoverished workers selling organs is a growing in the country. Legislation to ban sales has still to come in, and unscrupulous private clinics, using `middlemen’ to […]

Honour for human rights Pak activist

KARACHI, April 08,2005: Zia Ahmed Awan, the President of Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) has become the first Pakistani, elected as the board member for Asia-Pacific Region of Child Helpline International (CHI), a 57 countries global body of child helplines. He was elected for this coveted 11-member board membership recently during annual […]

HRCP for improving women’s status

LAHORE, March 24: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has demanded steps for improvement in the status of women and minorities by ending institutionalized discrimination against vulnerable groups instead of mere statements and pledges. Voicing the demand in a statement issued here on Thursday, HRCP Chairperson Asma Jehangir and Secretary General Syed Iqbal Haider said […]

Asma elected HRCP chairperson

LAHORE, March 20,2005: Ms Asma Jahangir was elected chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Syed Iqbal Haider secretary-general here on Sunday. Shahid Kardar was elected the treasurer of the commission whose office-bearers were elected for 2005-07 by the HRCP council. The provincial vice-chairpersons are Zahoor Ahmad Shawani (Balochistan), Ms Zohra Yousaf (Sindh), […]

3 children sexually abused daily in 2004: report

ISLAMABAD, March 05,2005: On average three children were sexually abused daily during the year 2004, a report launched by an NGO said. The report titled “Cruel Numbers” presents statistics based on cases reported in 27 newspapers last year. It said as many as 1,549 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in national dailies. However, […]

HR body’s meeting

LAHORE, February 26, 2005: The Punjab Human Rights Monitoring Committee is scheduled to review the human rights situation across the province at its fifth meeting here on February 26. The meeting, to be chaired by regional director Kishwar Shaheen Awan, is to take stock of police activities in curbing various crimes against women, minorities and […]

EC allocates 461,648 euros for human rights protection

ISLAMABAD, February 17,2005 A delegation of European Commission to Pakistan on February 16 allocated 461,648 Euro to 5 local NGOs of Pakistan under its European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) micro-projects programme. The Head of the delegation of the European Commission, Ambassador Ilkka Uusitalo, announcing the award said, “ European Union strongly believes […]

HR bodies demand arrest of culprits: Rape of lady doctor

KARACHI, February 09,2005: A meeting of various non-governmental organizations working for human rights condemned the assault on a lady doctor in Sui and decided to hold a demonstration, in support of the victim who was raped on Jan 2. The demonstration would be organized by the NGOs on at Regal Chowk on Feb 12.The meeting […]