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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 […]


Govt has intensified clampdown on media, says Human Rights Watch

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KARACHI: The Pakistan government intensified its clampdown on the media, opposition parties and non-governmental organisations last year, according to a report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In the 30th edition of its World Report 2020, the HRW reviewed human rights practices in nearly 100 countries. In Pakistan, women, religious minorities and transgender people continued to […]


Human rights defenders discuss way forward for Pakistan

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LAHORE: At a seminar held by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on constitutionalism and human rights, a high-profile panel of human rights defenders discussed a way forward for Pakistan to progress as a democracy. The panel included HRCP honorary spokesperson I.A. Rehman, HRCP Secretary General Harris Khalique, HRCP council member and Supreme Court […]


PAKISTAN FAILING BASIC DUTY OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

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ANNUAL REPORT BY RIGHTS WATCHDOG SLAMS GROWING CRACKDOWN ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION UNDER PTI-LED GOVERNMENT The growing crackdown on freedom of expression in Pakistan throughout 2019 is a failure of the government to fulfill one of the basic duties of a democratic state, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. In the 30th edition of World […]


Kashmiris observe Right to Self-Determination Day

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ISLAMABAD – Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world on Sunday observed the Right to Self-Determination Day with the pledge to continue their liberation struggle till its logical conclusion. It was on January 5, 1949 when the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to […]


‘Women and children working as modern-day slaves in home-based sector’

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Marking its tenth foundation day, the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) on Tuesday organised a gathering at the Arts Council, where speakers said formal work had been shifted to the home-based sector, where women and children worked as modern-day slaves. HBWWF secretary general Zehra Khan said the global economic crisis, as well as pro-IMF policies […]


Health card facility for transgenders launched

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the Sehat Insaf Card facility for the transgender community, the first in the country’s history, to provide succour to the most vulnerable segment of society. Speaking as a chief guest at the launching ceremony of Sehat Insaf Card under the Sehat Sahulat programme for the transgender community, […]


Minorities’ rights protected in Pakistan: US official

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KARACHI- American Deputy Consul General in Karachi Jack Hillmeyer has said that minorities’ rights have been protected in Pakistan and they freely celebrate their religious and social festivals here. He said that all efforts in this connection and especially the endeavours of Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhter and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan to promote inter-faith […]


Pakistan condemns Modi for curbing rights of minorities

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday condemned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for curbing and undermining the rights of minorities in a bid to ensure Hinduvta supremacy. “Concerned about the brutal and indiscriminate use of force by the state on Indian Muslim students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill,” […]


Human rights being seriously violated: JAC

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LAHORE: A meeting of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for People’s Rights took place at the Lahore Press Club on Monday in which the participants took serious notice of the curbs on the press freedom and the non-government organisations (NGOs), harassment of human rights defenders and incidents of enforced disappearances of social and political workers […]