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Growing crisis: 2015 will be a ‘bad year’ for human rights, fear activists

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KARACHI: The year 2015 will be a bad year for human rights, much worse than 2014. This is what human rights activists and professors predicted at the office of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday, where the panel was discussing the organisation’s annual report of 2014. Dr Mutahir Ahmed of the University […]

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Sit-ins and extremism diverting attention from rights concerns: HRCP

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QUETTA: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has expressed concern at the emergence and deterioration in a litany of grave human rights concerns across the country and stated that the prevailing political situation and rise in religious extremism were proving significant hurdles in mounting any serious efforts to deal with these concerns. In a statement […]

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HRCP calls for staying planned executions; abolishing death penalty

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LAHORE: Expressing grave concern over reports that a murder convict is set to be hanged in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail on September 18, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has urged the government to stay the hanging and announce a formal moratorium on executions. In a statement on Thursday, HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said: “The […]

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HRCP raps parties to reckless power struggle

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm at an “exaggerated hassle over who should occupy the gaddi (throne)” leading to total neglect of the state’s affairs. It has called upon the government to focus on the people’s real issues and urged those going to march on Islamabad and have other such […]

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PPO gives ‘green light for abusing suspects’: HRW

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new anti-terrorism law gives a “green light for abusing suspects” and should be withdrawn, a rights group said on Friday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the Protection of Pakistan Bill, passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday, violated the country’s international legal obligations. The new law doubles the maximum sentence for terrorism offences […]

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Rights activists observe token hunger strike

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HYDERABAD: The 40-day-long hunger strike of a young Baloch student, Lateef Johar, is starting to have a ripple effect as his plight is beginning to draw voices of sympathy from rights organisations and civil activists. Braving the bristling summer heat, with temperatures propelling to 44 degrees celsius on Sunday, representatives of various non-governmental organisations pitched […]

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Civil society calls for arrest of Rashid Rehman’s killers

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LAHORE: The Joint Action Committee for Peoples Rights has called for the arrest of the killers of lawyer and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Multan coordinator Rashid Rehman and demanded state protection for lawyers and journalists working on controversial cases in a protestmeeting held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Thursday. In honour of Rehman, who was killed […]

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HRCP for probe into killing of MQM man

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has demanded a transparent inquiry into the abduction and murder of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker in Karachi and called for probing complaints by the party of extrajudicial killing and illegal detention of its workers. In a press statement issued on Monday, HRCP said: “The MQM […]

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HRCP demands probe after dead bodies’ recovery

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has voiced its serious concern over the discovery of 15 badly decomposed dead bodies in Khuzdar District of Balochistan on Saturday, and called upon the federal and Balochistan governments to urgently establish the identity of the deceased and their killers. In letters written to the federal interior […]

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‘EU can contribute to protecting human rights in Pakistan’

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KARACHI: The European Union has signed a five-year engagement plan with Pakistan that foresees interaction between the two on political, security and trade levels and human rights is the core component of this plan. These thoughts were articulated by Antoine Madelin of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on Sunday at the second day […]

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‘Using social media can minimise discrimination against minorities’

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KARACHI: Even Indonesia’s pluralistic society seen worldwide as a model of an ideal Muslim democratic society is not immune to discrimination against religious minorities and has been observed more ever since Indonesia transitioned from Suharto’s authoritarian regime to democratic set-ups. These views were expressed by Ihsan Ali Fauzi of the Centre for the Study of […]

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HRCP speaks out for women’s cause

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday observed the International Human Rights Day by focusing on the local theme of violence against women. It also organised a demonstration and a number of activists, holding placards that depicted data about violence against women, stood at Liberty roundabout for more than two hours to […]

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As killings go down, extrajudicial murders rise

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Karachi: The ongoing operation against criminals in Karachi has brought down the number of target killings, but has increased the cases of extrajudicial killings by law enforcers, according to the latest Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report. “There is a visible decline in the number of targeted killings since the operation began,” Zohra Yusuf, […]

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HRCP deplores ‘lack of clarity, direction’ in handling crises

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has voiced concern at what it called the absence of clarity and direction in dealing with pressing crises confronting the state. In a statement issued at the conclusion of its autumn meeting on Sunday, the HRCP executive body said: “The Executive Council of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan […]

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