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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 […]

Violence against children rise alarmingly

ISLAMABAD,February 06,2005: Violence against children is rapidly increasing in Pakistan and one clear example of this phenomenon is that since January 2004, 1,684 different cases of physical and sexual violence have been reported in the print media. The data showed that out of total 1,684 cases, 694 cases of child murdered including boys and girls, […]

HRCP paints dismal picture of human rights situation in 2004

ISLAMABAD, February 01,2005: A premier independent human rights body has painted a dismal picture of human rights situation in Pakistan during last year and called for government steps and people’s participation in decision-making to improve it. It also expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation, rise in sectarian violence and violation of basic […]

Government has failed to curb religious strife: HRCP

ISLAMABAD, February 02 2005: A report on the state of human rights in Pakistan during the last year described the period as of “sectarian madness” and said it had more victims of religious terrorism to mourn than any other year in the past. The sectarian violence across the country increased with some of the worse […]

2507 people committed suicide during 2004

KARACHI,January 21,2005:As many as 2507 people committed suicide while another 1634 persons attempted to end their life in different parts of the country during the year 2004. Of 2507, who committed suicide, 1361 were male and 753 female. During the year, 230 male children and 163 female children ended their life, a report compiled by […]

Excerpts of the Human Rights Watch Annual Survey on Pakistan

Gender-based violence and discrimination: Violence against women and girls, including domestic violence, rape, “honor killings”, acid attacks and trafficking, are rampant in Pakistan. The existing legal code discriminates against women and girls and creates major obstacles to seeking redress in cases of violence. Survivors of violence encounter unresponsiveness and hostility at each level of the […]

2,906 kidnapping cases of women,children reported last year

KARACHI: January 07,2004 The cases of women and child kidnapping are on the rise in the country. It is obvious from the fact that during last year 2,906 abduction cases were reported in the national as well as vernacular press. Out of the total 2,906 cases of children and women kidnapping, there were 1,398 cases […]

Repeal of Hudood Ordinance sought

HYDERABAD, January 6,2005: The deputy Opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, Makhdoom Jamil-uz-Zaman, and MPA Sassui Palijo have submitted two separate resolutions to the secretary of the Sindh Assembly for the repeal of Hudood (punishment of Zina) Ordinance 1979 by the federal government. The notice for the resolution reads: ‘The assembly re solves and recommends […]

Efforts to protect HR stressed

QUETTA, January 04,2005:Effective efforts are needed for creating awareness about the importance of human rights and especially women’s rights as first step to protect the rights and end their violation. Islam accords equal rights for all and does not condone discrimination against women. Pakistan’s Constitution also guarantees equal rights to women. These views were expressed […]

231 child abusecases in 2004′

231 child abusecases in 2004′ KARACHI. The incidents of violence against children are increasing in Pakistan and one can easily gauge the severity of the problem by the fact that since January 2004, 1684 different cases of physical and sexual violence have been reported in the print media. The breakdown of collected data claims that […]