Pakistan

From Our Member MASUM, India – Human Rights Report (February 2018)
7 March 2018 3:10 pm

FORUM-ASIA member from India, Banglar Manabadhikar Surakksha Mancha (MASUM) published its monthly human rights report for February 2018. In February,  MASUM conducted 7 fact finding missions, and filed complaints before the relevant authorities and human rights institutions. Out of 7 fact finding missions and subsequent complaints; four about torture committed by Police, one about torture [ Read more ]

From Our Member MASUM, India – Statement: Demise of Asma Jahangir: A Tragic Loss for Human Rights Initiatives in South Asia and the World
13 February 2018 2:59 pm

Asma Jahangir with Kirity Roy (Founder Secretary of MASUM) Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) is dismayed by the sudden demise of Asma Jahangir in Lahore, after a cardiac arrest on 11 February 2018. Asma Jahangir was known for her commitments and involvement in the field of human rights, democracy, gender equality, peace and justice globally [ Read more ]

From Our Member NCJP, Pakistan – Press Statement: Condolence on the Death of Leading Human Rights Lawyer and Activist Ms. Asma Jahangir
2:32 pm

On February 11, 2018, a renowned senior lawyer and human rights activist, co-founder of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and founder of AGHS legal cell Ms. Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore. During her lifetime Ms. Asma Jahangir received several awards, including a Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010 and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz. She was also awarded internationally for advocating [ Read more ]

Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): A tragic loss for South Asia and the world
12 February 2018 12:47 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 12 February, 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply saddened by the sudden demise of eminent human rights defender, lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir in Lahore, after she suffered a cardiac arrest on 11 February 2018. Asma Jahangir was known for her social activities in Pakistan and [ Read more ]

Pakistan: Ensure a fair trial for Junaid Hafeez
1 February 2018 6:38 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 1 February 2018): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concern over the transferring of the case of Junaid Hafeez to yet another judge. Junaid, a lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan, Pakistan, was arrested in March 2013 and was charged with allegedly committing blasphemy on Facebook, a charge [ Read more ]

From Our Member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan – Statement: Effective awareness raising and reporting processes way forward in curbing increase in child sexual abuse cases
16 January 2018 5:08 pm

12 January 2018 Effective awareness raising and reporting processes way forward in curbing increase in child sexual abuse cases The brutal rape and murder of a seven-year old girl in Kasur, consequent slack in the police’s investigation and ensuing violence against demonstrators seeking justice for the child is a deplorable situation for the state authorities [ Read more ]

From Our Member PODA, Pakistan – PODA Team Visits Chakwal as Election Observers
5:00 pm

11 January 2018 Team PODA worked as election observers on 9 January to watch Election Day voting process in by-election held in Chakwal. Punjab Provincial Assembly seat from constituency PP-20 had fallen vacant due to the death of a member. PODA’s 8-member observer team visited 36 polling stations in 12 Union Councils of the constituency [ Read more ]

From Our Member Odhikar, Bangladesh – Annual Human Rights Report 2017
15 January 2018 9:24 am

FORUM-ASIA member from Bangladesh, Odhikar, published its 2017 annual human rights report. Odhikar was formed in 1994 and it has been diligently working to protect and promote the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of the people since its inception. Odhikar, being an organisation of human rights defenders in Bangladesh, has always been consistent [ Read more ]

From Our Member Bytes for All, Pakistan – 2017 Annual Report on ‘Internet Landscape Of Pakistan’
9:06 am

FORUM-ASIA member Bytes for All, Pakistan published their annual report titled “Internet Landscape of Pakistan”. The report focuses on emerging threats like arbitrary administrative shutdowns, misplaced judicial activism against Internet freedoms, rise of cyber armies, enforced disappearances of activists and abuse of cyber-crime laws. Internet Landscape of Pakistan is an indigenous effort to regularly monitor [ Read more ]

From Our Member NCJP, Pakistan – Press Statement: Pakistan in Dire Need of Enactment of Policies and Legislations for the Protection of Children
8:53 am

The National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace strongly condemns the rape and murder of a minor girl Zainab in Kasur that has resulted in anger and grief throughout the country. Pakistan, once again has failed to protect its children. As per international reports Pakistan is ranked as the 11th country with highest rate of child [ Read more ]