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Asma given UN human rights award

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UNITED NATIONS: The late human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has been posthumously awarded the United Nations Human Rights Prize that was received by her daughter Munizae Jahangir at a grand ceremony on Tuesday. The award was handed over to Ms Munizae, a journalist and human rights activist herself, by president of the General […]

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Woman athlete from Lower Dir to attend UN event in Geneva

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TIMERGARA: The 21- year old young woman athlete from Lower Dir district, Noreena Shams, has been invited to participate as a panellist in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council Forum to be held at Geneva from October 1 to 3. Noreena Shams told The News that the forum would focus on possibilities of using […]

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Deadline approaching: UN fellowship for journalists from developing countries [Worldwide]

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Journalists ages 22 to 35 from several developing countries and countries in transition can apply for a fellowship. The Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program, established by the United Nations, provides journalists with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the United Nations in New York. It is also an opportunity […]

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‘Karachi biggest market for endangered species’

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KARACHI: Karachi is the main market where all kinds of endangered species are brought, according to top officials of the Sindh wildlife department (SWD) and Balochistan forest and wildlife department (BFWD). At the inaugural four-day ‘Consultative Workshop to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade in Pakistan’, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF-P) […]

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Right to information

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THE right of citizens to have the state and bureaucracy answer questions is of such significance and has such a wide-ranging impact that the first session of the UN General Assembly in 1946 adopted Resolution 59-1 calling for an international conference on the freedom of information. It noted that this “is a fundamental human right […]

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Environmentalists oppose deforestation

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LAHORE – Environmentalists have shown concern over issuance of an ordinance empowering the Punjab government to use reserved forest lands for purposes other than afforestation. Through an amendment in Forest Act 1927 which has been made by an Ordinance, the provincial government has been authorised to declare reserved forest lands for ‘national projects of strategic […]

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Pakistan to benefit from providing greater bandwidth to region: report

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ISLAMABAD: A joint report of the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations says Pakistan is in an enviable strategic position given the fundamental importance of international bandwidth supply in determining connectivity. The report released by the United Nations Commission for the Asia-Pacific region (ESCAP) says Pakistan along with Iran — the two countries outside […]

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Pakistan bears the worst of climate change effects

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KARACHI: Massive flooding displacing millions, prolonged heat waves with temperatures averaging above 38 degrees centigrade, ravaging hurricanes and deluges caused by excessive rainfall. I am not painting a doomsday scenario but all these are extreme weather events that have taken place in various parts of the world including Pakistan in 2015. These are not exceptional […]

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NA passes bill against abuse of minors

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ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly Thursday passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015 aimed at protecting children from cruel treatment. The salient features if the proposed Act included the minimum age of criminal responsibility has been raised from seven to 10 years and the upper age limit from 12-14 years, protection of children from cruel […]

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Neglected: NGOs to protest today for transgender rights

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PESHAWAR: Human rights organisations will hold a sit-in on Wednesday (today) after they failed to receive a positive response from the government and United Nations on policy to protect the rights of people who are transgender. The sit-in will take place on Sher Shah Suri Road outside Peshawar Press Club. An alliance of TransAction, Blue […]

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Child rights in peril

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IN 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted and opened for signature. Pakistan was one of the early signatories in 1990, and although the country hedged its ratification with qualifications, it withdrew them in 1997. Immediately after signing up to the document, child-related legislation was brought in at […]

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Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to meaningful progress at Paris climate talks

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In the early-1950s, when it became widely known that smoking caused cancer, giant tobacco companies formed the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC). Its main goal was to deny the harmful effects of tobacco and confuse the public. The tobacco lobby wormed its way into the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), wreaking havoc and slowing […]

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NFEH announces activities to mark World Environment Day

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Karachi: The National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme has announced that it will hold different functions from June 1 to 7 in connection with World Environment Day. NFEH President Muhammad Naeem Qureshi said in a statement that his forum had constituted a network of over 20 […]

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‘Take a stand for our children’

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LAHORE: Offices of district child commissioners have been set up in the province to address issues of child abuse and safeguard the rights of children, Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mahmood said. The offices will be supervised by district advisers. The ombudsman was addressing participants of a workshop on child rights in connection with the 25th anniversary […]

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