Human Rights Archive

For Pakistan’s Sikhs, a kidnapping – and a killing – reflect fears of nation’s minorities: In this photo made on March 19, 2010, Surjeet Singh, from Pakistan’s Sikh community, sits with family members after his release in Peshawar, Pakistan. Singh, who had been kidnapped for ransom by alleged militants, was freed after 42 days
An Article 370 for Balochistan — by Riaz Shahid: I propose an Article 370 type provision in the constitution of Pakistan to satisfy the Baloch. There should be a bar on people from other provinces on voting or buying property in Balochistan for a period of at least
Remembering Baba Abdul Ali Mazari – by Abdul Nishapuri: Related post: Baba Abdul Ali Mazari – A Shia Hazara but a Global Father Last week, the Afghan nation in general, and the Shia Hazara community in Afghanistan and Pakistan in particular, commemorated the 15th anniversary of martyrdom of
Blasphemy in a human world — by Sikander Amani: Whether you like it or not, the notion of blasphemy, or of ‘defamation of religion’, creates a hierarchy of beliefs which is simply incompatible with the plurality of the world, and the very right to hold a belief The
A Pakistan you never knew! Being gay in the Islamic Republic – by Shaheryar Ali and Nuwas Manto: First published at Sherryx’s Weblog “Invisibility” and “Silence” are the hallmark of  fascist societies. A national stereotype is built and than implemented through ideological and coercive apparatuses  of the state. Gender is an important battle ground in these “nation-building”
Adolescent girls’ plight in Pakistan — by Mehr Qureshi: There is no specific provision on incest in the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and police, prosecutors and judges often have dismissive and condemning attitudes towards the victims Today is International Women’s Day. This day is a global celebration of
Peace Carvan: A journey for peace – by Shujuaddin Qureshi: It was an unusual gathering at Karachi’s Cantt railway station, where over 100 people from civil society organisations, intellectuals, political and trade union workers, and journalists had gathered for a peaceful cause. Sixty of those gathered, including more than
Back towards tolerance in Pakistani society – by Charles Ferndale and Kamila Hayat: Here are two articles highlighting the importance of re-discovering and re-inculcating the seeds of tolerance in Pakistani society and the region in general. The path to freedom Monday, February 22, 2010 Charles Ferndale Kamila Hyat, in a typically lucid,
Diamer-Bhasha dam: A postcolonial project which remains ignored in Pakistani media: We have previously posted several articles on LUBP highlighting the plight of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan including the violation of their rights through the proposed Diamer-Bhasha Dam project. We note with concern that two innocent persons were killed yesterday
Shazia murder case: Accused Naeem advocate granted bail by Islamofacist judiciary in Lahore: Family members of Shazia Masih, including, from left, her sister; her mother, Nasreen Bibi; and her aunt and brother. The girl died while working as a maid. Photo: NY Times Lahore: February 13, 2010. (PCP) Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz
The case of missing persons: A national shame – by Sakib Ahmad: Va la-qad karramna banee Aadam (Al-Qur’an, 17/70) [Indeed, We have conferred dignity on the children of Adam] – but, alas, our secret agencies know not! Early last month, when the government’s defiance of the Supreme Court ruling on Musharraf’s
War is terror and a profitable business – by H.A. Khan: Renowned columnist Munno Bhai once asked in one of his columns that when ultimately countries have to sit at the negotiating table after wars, why do not they do this before the war to save thousands of lives. Nowadays
Our Arab brothers!: We Pakistanis idealize them. Everything they do is sacred just like this beating the UAE prince gave to an Afghani.
AHRC Statement: Corruption cases against Generals, Air Marshals and Admirals are the test of an independent judiciary: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AHRC-STM-241-2009 December 8, 2009 – A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: Corruption cases against Generals, Air Marshals and Admirals are the test of an independent judiciary Successive governments and courts are conspicuously
Saudi Shias call for secession: AWWAMIYA: The street graffiti is so brazenly political in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province that it hardly seems like Saudi Arabia at all, Reuters reports. ‘Down with the government’, ‘Death to the traitors’ read the messages on the walls of
What about the victims of terrorist attacks?: Dawn Editorial Saturday, 17 Oct, 2009 Suicide and fidayeen attacks are occurring with such numbing regularity that it is difficult to pause and reflect on the fate of the victims and their families because the next attack is only
Do you know where God lives? A real story from Phoolnagar!: Do you know where God lives. God lives in that old cottage which provided the jhugga (shirt) to the women undressed by the religion / morality brigade in Phoolnagar. Do you know where the devil lives? Go no further
What unsung minorities have done for Pakistan – Guest post by Qudrat Ullah: By Qudrat Ullah The Gojra inferno has once again highlighted the need to reassess our treatment of Pakistan’s most potential asset- the non Muslim Pakistanis and decide the future strategy in the light of past mistakes. One positive aftermath
Saleem Safi: Pervez Musharraf’s trial: From rhetoric to reality:
Sufi Mohammad doesn’t speak for himself —– He speaks for thousands of barbarians who don’t respect the law !: Some Examples of Talibani Justice !
Pakistan’s left tilts towards right: Partners in crime? Deconstructing Tariq Ali and Atitzaz Ahsan: Related articles: Aitzaz Ahsan, PPP and Long March: A critical perspective – by Abbas Ather You too Aitzaz Ahsan, the leader of the legal community? PPP suspends Ch Aitzaz as member CEC Are Pakistan’s secular ideologues abetting the right
Government of tyranny? A comparison of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari: Govt. of ‘Kufr’ could carry on, but not that of tyranny: Nawaz March 01, 2009 LAHORE: Muslim League-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif has said that the country was beset with several problems, which led him to enter into an
Dr Aafia Siddiqui: The other side of the picture: Less grey A little more colour and substance has been added to the ghostly form of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, currently languishing in an American detention facility and said to be suffering severely from mental illness. An illness so severe
In January 2009, Saudi courts convicted 25 young Iraqi men of trespassing into Saudi Arabia. Their punishment: beheading.: Saudi Monstrosity and International Silence By Huda Jawad February 04, 2009 “Information Clearinghouse” — – For the past several weeks, dozens of family members have been reaching out to the Iraqi government in a fragile gesture meant to save
The UN General Assembly confers the prestigious UN Human Rights Award on the late Benazir Bhutto: Our heroes and heroines ON Wednesday, the UN General Assembly conferred the prestigious UN Human Rights Award on the late Benazir Bhutto. Her son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, received the award from the UN Assembly chief Miguel D’Escoto Brockman. Benazir
UN to confer top human rights award on Benazir: Wednesday, November 26, 2008By our correspondent WASHINGTON: The United Nations has decided to confer its top human rights award posthumously on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto for promoting democracy and fundamental freedoms in Pakistan, informed sources at the UN