Pakistan

Pakistan: FORUM-ASIA welcomes Asia Bibi’s acquittal on blasphemy charges and calls for the repeal of blasphemy laws
2 November 2018 5:38 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 2 November 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Right and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the historic decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to acquit Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death on blasphemy charges in 2010. Bibi was accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed by fellow labourers after a heated [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Immediately release Gulalai Ismail and protect democratic space for dissent
12 October 2018 2:10 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok) – 12 October, 2018: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the detention of Pashtun woman human rights defender Gulalai Ismail by immigration authorities at Islamabad airport and demands her immediate release without any delay. Media reports suggest that Gulalai Ismail returned to Islamabad from London and was told by [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Immediately withdraw the expulsion notice ordering 18 INGOs to halt operations and leave the country
11 October 2018 2:44 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok) – 11 October 2018: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is gravely concerned over the expulsion notice issued to 18 INGOs by the Pakistan Ministry of Interior. On 2 October 2018, the 18 INGOs were asked to close their operations within 60 days informing that their registration applications had been rejected. [ Read more ]

From Our Member National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Pakistan – Education: A Pathway to Convergence – A Review of Syllabus Books Taught in Pakistani Public Schools 2017-2018
13 September 2018 5:55 pm

FORUM-ASIA member National Commision for Justice and Peace (NCJP) from Pakistan published the sixth edition of their research on the education system in Pakistan, which includes policy making, curriculum and the textbooks taught at schools across the country. To download a PDF version of this report, click here.

From Our Member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Pakistan – Report: Curbs on freedom of expression in Pakistan
12 September 2018 4:33 pm

FORUM-ASIA member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan recently launched a fact-finding mission report titled ‘Curbs on freedom of expression in Pakistan’. The report looks at the interference of the state in the work of journalists – including reporters, editors and anchors – working for both print and broadcast media in Pakistan. *** For a PDF [ Read more ]

From Our Member PODA Pakistan – Election Observation Preliminary Report of the General Elections 2018
8 August 2018 2:42 pm

PODA Election Observation Preliminary Report  General Elections 2018 7th August, 2018 (Islamabad):  On behalf of Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA) a team of 56 election observers (34 women and 22 men) observed 2018 General Elections in 20 districts of Pakistan including Bahawalnagar, Chakwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dadu, Ghotki, Hyderabad, Islamabad Jamshoro, Jacobabad, Jhelum, Khanewal, [ Read more ]

From Our Member National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Pakistan – A Report on the Religious Minority in Pakistan
7 August 2018 3:30 pm

The alarming increase in incidents of violence based on faith and the discriminatory attitudes of police and administration in the year 2017 suggests that the religious minorities in Pakistan have little to hope for in the year 2018. Published by FORUM-ASIA’s member National Commision for Justice and Peace (NCJP), this ‘Human Rights Monitor 2018 – A [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Ensure free and fair elections and freedom of expression to bolster democracy
25 July 2018 1:08 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 25 July 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes and congratulates the people of Pakistan today on Parliamentary Election Day. Today is particularly significant for the country as it takes a step forward in people’s participation and strengthening its democracy. Pakistan has been struggling to strengthen its democracy for [ Read more ]

From Our Member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Pakistan – Press Statement: Attempts to maneuver polls unacceptable
23 July 2018 12:08 pm

Islamabad, 16 July 2018. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is gravely concerned over what it sees as blatant, aggressive and unabashed attempts to manipulate the outcome of the upcoming elections. While it is critical that the polls are held as scheduled, there are now ample grounds to doubt their legitimacy – with alarming [ Read more ]

From Our Member National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Pakistan – Press Release: Upcoming General Elections 2018
11:46 am

General elections are scheduled for July 25, 2018. It is very welcoming that Pakistan is moving towards its democratic transition. The Elections are a central feature of democracy. For elections to express the will of the electorate, it must be ‘free and fair’. In other words, all those entitled to vote have the right to be registered and to vote. The [ Read more ]