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Aids, poverty hit 1bn children

ISLAMABAD – Over half of the world’s children population, which is over one billion, is being robbed of their childhood by conflict, Aids and poverty. This has been stated in the annual “State of the World’s Children (SOWC) Report for 2005” issued by the Unicef. The report, “Childhood Under Threat” details how over 1 billion […]


30m people living below poverty line

ISLAMABAD – More than 30 million people in Pakistan are living below poverty line and earn less than Rs670 per month, former federal minister Dr Attiya Inayatullah said. She was speaking to a group of development experts at an international workshop organized by Plan Pakistan in connection with child rights strategic planning in Pakistan. Ms […]


HRCP condemns honour killings

LAHORE – Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chairperson Tahir Muhammad Khan and Secretary-General Hina Jilani said on November 20, that the increased blatancy with which the honor killings were being committed had proved that society was reverting to the worst kind of tribal medievalism. Condemning the brutal gunning down of a young couple for marrying […]


Two rapists held

SAHIWAL — Yousafwala police claimed on November 17, to have arrested two of the three alleged rapists and killers of a girl student in Chak 72/5-L. Reports said Shah Sarwar along with his two accomplices Muhammad Ashraf and Qurban brought ‘K’ to his house on August 22 this year. He sent his bother ‘B’ for […]


Senior journalist’s son found murdered

KARACHI – The son of Baseer Naveed, a senior journalist, former chairman of All-Pakistan Newspapers Employees’ Confederation (APNEC), a prominent Human Rights activist, and social worker, was found murdered within the Ferozabad police jurisdiction on November 10. According to reports, the body of Faraz Baseer, 23, a student of the Karachi University Philosophy Department and […]


Court calls for abuse case record

PESHAWAR – Additional district and sessions judge Farhatullah Khan on November 3, called for all the record in the case of alleged sexual abuse of students in a local school, which went on for over two decades. The court extended till Nov 6 the interim pre-arrest bail granted to nine former staffers of the City […]


Sexual abuse of students

PESHAWAR – Additional District and Sessions judge Farhatullah Khan on Friday extended till Nov 3 the pre-arrest bail granted to nine former employees of a local school in a case of sexual abuse of students. The court issued directives to the prosecution to produce all relevant documents, including the report of a judicial inquiry, conducted […]


HR groups oppose move to legalize jirgas

KARACHI – Three human rights organizations commenting on the provincial government’s reported step towards incorporating feudal practices into the structure of government, has termed it an attempt to create a parallel system of justice, which goes against women and the common man. No steps were taken after a jirga was held at the Chief Minister […]


Pak calls to curb menace of human trafficking

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan called for collective efforts by the international community to curb the menace of human trafficking and to provide relief to victims abroad in addition to protecting their rights. Addressing the pre-summit conference of senior government officials and experts on migration in Geneva, interior secretary Tariq Mehmud said that migration management is need […]


HRCP rejects bill on honour killing

LAHORE – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said on October 26, the bill on “honour” killing passed by the National Assembly and bulldozed amid opposition’s objections and absence , could serve only a limited purpose in checking the crime against women. In their initial reaction to the passage of the bill, HRCP Chairperson […]


Call for curbing HR violations

UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan on October 25, called on the international community to curb countries engaged in systematic and blatant violation of human rights. “They must not be allowed to obstruct or impede the course of justice and full implementation of international human rights,” said Pakistan delegate and member of the National Assembly, Gul-i-Farkhanda while […]


Project to end child labour soon

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) has decided to undertake a project for elimination of child domestic work through education and skill development, official sources told Dawn. The project entitled “Elimination and Prevention of Child Domestic Work Through Education and Training” would be initially implemented in five capital cities of the country. Under the project, […]


Pakistan urged to sign all rights treaties

ISLAMABAD – The participants of a consultative seminar here on Wednesday demanded that Pakistan immediately sign and ratify all major human rights treaties including the Rome Statute under which the International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up. The ICC was empowered to prosecute crimes like genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in member states. […]


Karo-kari needs no new laws, says Arbab

KARACHI — Karo-kari does not need new legislation since it is already murder, said Sindh Chief Minister Dr. Arbab Ghulam Rahim, who opposed the practice on October12. He said that there should be no leniency for men involved in such deaths; they should be treated as murderers according to the law. He termed honour killing […]