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New alliance against forced conversion, HR violation

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HYDERABAD: A number of non-governmental and civil society organisations have formed an alliance to work for the protection of religious minorities’ rights and make efforts towards legislation against forced conversation, besides promoting right to expression and association. A meeting in this regard was held in a local hotel on Tuesday where the South Asia Partnership-Pakistan […]

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Sharif govt has failed to protect religious freedoms: HRW

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ISLAMABAD: Violent attacks on members of religious minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government failed to ensure protection of religious freedoms, says a report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In a statement attached to the report, Phelim Kine, the deputy Asia director at the New York-based HRW, regretted that “the […]

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112 missing persons’ cases reported in ‘14

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KARACHI: Civil Society Organisations on Thursday said 112 cases of missing persons were reported in Sindh during year 2014 and the situation in the province was turning similar to that of Balochistan where several people went missing and their tortured bodies were later found dumped. Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club by members […]

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Protesters demand justice for burnt couple; end to persecution

LAHORE: Protests against the brutal killing of Christian couple in Kasur District the other day continued in city on the second consecutive day on Thursday as thousands held demonstrations outside the Lahore Press Club. The Pakistan Brick Kiln Workers Union has announced a three-day strike in mourning for the couple. A number of non-government organisations […]

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UN Secretary General must recognise the ‘Right to Know’ in his Post-2015 report

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His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary General of the United Nations United Nations Headquarters New York, NY 10017 CC: Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General Dear Mr. Secretary General, We write to you as a coalition of civil society organisations committed to sustainable development, to urge you to highlight the importance of the right to information, […]

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Journalists, civil society urge tolerance for democracy

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ISLAMABAD: All segments of society including journalists and members of civil society organisations on Saturday underlined the fact that if the military dictatorships could be endured for eight to 11 long years then why some segments are not ready to give some time to democracy that can keep working its magic if people have even […]

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Journalists, civil society vow to protect democracy

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ISLAMABAD: Journalists, members of civil society organisations and traders on Wednesday maintained that the greatest threat to democracy always comes from politically sick-minded persons and pledged that they would go to every extent to protect democracy in the country. Addressing a ‘Pro-Democracy Camp’ set up in front of the National Press Club (NPC) by the […]

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Civil society, journalists vow to thwart designs against Geo

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KARACHI: Journalist bodies and civil society organisations on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Geo TV and vowed to resist any move to shut down the TV channel. They also expressed concerns at the divisions among the media houses that have weakened the movement for the freedom of the Press and the freedom of expression.The Joint Action […]

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Protection sought for rights activists

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KARACHI: A joint action committee (JAC) of civil society organisations on Tuesday asked the government to provide protection to human rights activists and campaigners as it was a constitutional duty of the government to protect the lives of people. Speaking at a condolence meeting at the PMA House to pay tribute to slain human rights […]

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HRCP mourns the loss of Rahman

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is deeply grieved at the killing of its Multan Task Force Coordinator, advocate Rashid Rahman. Rashid was a committed rights activist and lawyer and had been associated with HRCP for over 20 years. It must be recalled that on April 10, through a statement, the commission had brought […]

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Political parties, civil society term Protection of Pakistan Bill a ‘draconian’ law

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KARACHI: Speakers at a consultative workshop on Wednesday discussed controversies involving the Protection of Pakistan Bill and its implications if it was passed in its present form by the Senate. They unanimously opposed the bill by describing it a ‘draconian law’ and said it violated many articles of the constitution aimed at safeguarding fundamental human […]

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HRCP demand for abolition of death penalty

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HYDERABAD: Scores of activists of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and civil society organisations held a rally here on Thursday to mark the “World Day against Death Penalty”. The participants in the rally led by HRCP coordinator Dr Ashothama and advocate Fazal Qadir Memon urged the government to abolish the death penalty. The HRCP […]

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Freedom of information

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The Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance is the first major accomplishment of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led coalition government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). The only such law in the country, the RTI paves the way for a more transparent and vibrant democracy where citizens have access to all government documents and can monitor the expenditure of their […]

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