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HRCP raps Faisalabad violence

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over Monday’s violent clashes in Faisalabad and criticised the authorities for not doing enough to maintain law and order as well as failing to constructively engage the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf through a dialogue. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the commission said: “HRCP is saddened […]

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Call for legislation to protect journalists

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QUETTA: No law in the country explicitly deals with safety of journalists whereas such laws exist in countries like Mexico where special prosecutors are appointed to pursue the cases of slain journalists and provide legal assistance to media workers facing threats, according to experts. At a seminar organised by the Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety […]

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HRCP wants minorities to have same rights as majority

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KARACHI: After May 11, 2013, the elections and electoral process has become a very touchy topic for many. It drives them to protest and hold sit-ins in the country’s capital. To understand, explain and propose changes in the country’s electoral procedures, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) held an event on Friday. The commission […]

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‘Anti-terrorism laws being used against HR activists’

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ISLAMABAD: Israrud Din, a human rights activist from Gilgit Baltistan, said that anti-terrorism laws in the country are being used against human rights activists, political workers and those who speak up for their rights. He was speaking at a conference titled “The Convention against Torture and Pakistan: Towards Implementation and Accountability” organized by Human Rights […]

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HRCP hopes SC will look at all aspects of Asia Bibi case

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Monday hoped that the Supreme Court would look at all aspects of the Asia Bibi case. Last week, the Lahore High Court turned down an appeal against her conviction by a trial court on blasphemy charges. In a statement, the HRCP said, “The outcome of Asia […]

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Religious intolerance

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IT doesn’t necessarily take devastating, large-scale attacks to underscore how extremism is tightening its grip over the country. While catastrophic terrorist strikes can unite a nation, such as after last year’s attack on Peshawar’s All Saints Church or the bombings against the Hazara in Quetta, it is also true that the steady drip, drip of […]

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Flight from Balochistan

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A DECADE of insecurity in Balochistan has had a grim effect on the troubled province’s demographics. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, hundreds of thousands of citizens belonging to religious minority groups as well as settlers from other parts of Pakistan have left Balochistan, thanks to an atmosphere of hostility and violence, which […]

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HRCP team briefed on problems faced by journalists

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QUETTA: Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association and prominent human rights activist Asma Jehangir has offered to voluntarily defend journalists in anti-terrorism cases filed against them in Balochistan. A delegation of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) comprising Zahra Yusuf, Asma Jehangir, I.A Rehman, Ghazi Salahuddin, Mohammed Hanif and Tahir Hussain visited […]

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No synergy between LEAs responsible for Karachi mess: HRCP

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Karachi: Karachi’s deteriorating law and order situation is the result of weak governance, absence of a local government system and the reigning confusion that stems from lack of coordination between the federal and provincial authorities as well as among the law enforcement agencies (LEAs). These observations were made by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan […]

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HRCP concerned over undermining of civilian institutions

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KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over what it terms undermining of civilian institutions in the country soon after the general elections and coming of the new government to power. “Parliament and media are being undermined,” said eminent lawyer and HRCP’s former chairperson Asma Jehangir at a press conference at […]

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HRCP terms PPB attack on rights

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LAHORE: Terming Protection of Pakistan Bill, adopted by parliament this week, a blatant attack on fundamental rights of the people, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has condemned the government for deliberately following the model of a police state. In a statement issued on Friday, the commission said: “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) […]

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HRCP dismayed at Panjgur schools’ closure

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LAHORE: Dismayed at the forced and continued closure of schools by militants in the Panjgur town of Balochistan, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) sees this as the latest sign of extremism gnawing at the vitals of the country. A statement issued by HRCP on Monday said a previously unheard of militant group, Tanzeemul […]

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‘Regional cooperation can resolve human rights issues’

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ISLAMABAD: There are very few chances to resolve issues between countries at international forums, so a trend has emerged to resolve such issues at regional forums because of similar culture, languages and history. Countries of South Asia should also establish a South Asian mechanism to deal with issues, especially those pertaining to human rights. This […]

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HRCP team finds Lalurounk police raid unlawful

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LARKANA: A fact-finding committee of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Qambar-Shahdadkot core group, said on Wednesday that the police raid on a house in Lalurounk town on May 26 was carried out in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. A 60-year-old woman, Lasham Khatoon, and her son, Chakar Solangi, were shot dead […]

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