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[6 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE in The New York Times on line, Sept 5, 2017
GENEVA — China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.
“China’s crackdown on human rights activists is the most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement 25 years ago,” Kenneth Roth, the director of the agency, Human Rights Watch, …


[11 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Imtiaz Ali in Dawn, July 11th, 2017
KARACHI: An inquiry into the recent jailbreak by two high-profile militants of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has revealed that some militants belonging to banned outfits were virtually running the affairs of the Central Prison Karachi by imposing their will on jail staff who follow their instructions due to fear or incompetence, it emerged on Monday.
Sources quoting the report of the inquiry conducted by the Counter-Terrorism Department of police told Dawn that the probe into the escape of LJ militants exposed some “incidents of deliberate and systematic …


[12 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Imdad Soomro in The News, May 12, 2017
KARACHI: The Sindh Rangers have started an inquiry into alleged life threats to a businessman and attempts to deprive him of assets by a businessman at the behest of the ruling party head in the Sindh province.
Shahzad Riaz, a businessman, in a complaint filed with the DG Rangers on May 4, 2017, application copy available with The News, sought protection for him, family and business.
Riaz blamed that the head of Omni Group of Companies Anwar Majeed and Khawaja Salman Younis had been …

Headline, HUMAN RIHGT, Pakistan »

[5 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

report in The Nation,May 05, 2017
Islamabad – Pakistan expelled popular Polish presenter, traveller and writer Martyna Wojciechowska on Thursday for violating visa rules, reported Radio Poland.
Martyna Wojciechowska claimed that she was detained by Pakistani military intelligence while filming a TV series in that country.
Poland’s foreign ministry said that Wojciechowska’s crew did not comply with instructions from the Pakistan authorities. It added that Wojciechowska, the former editor-in-chief of National Geographic Poland magazine, on Thursday left Pakistan with her crew on a flight to Poland.
Wojciechowska said in a post on Facebook: “In …


[2 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Over 95 per cent of registered women voters in at least 17 National Assembly constituencies did not cast their votes in the 2013 general elections.
A document prepared by the Election Commission of Pakistan, available with Dawn, reveals that turnout of women voters was less than one per cent in five of these constituencies.
According to disaggregated voters’ data, only one woman out of the total 138,910 registered in NA-33 (Upper Dir) had exercised her right to vote.
In the constituency adjacent to it, NA-34 (Lower Dir), women’s turnout was 0.11pc as …


[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: After failing to implement madressah reforms the government has chosen to focus solely on upgrading the curriculum offered by religious seminaries, but the authorities seem to lack direction in this regard as well.
While chairing a meeting on Friday to review the National Action Plan (NAP), Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Mohammad Yousaf emphasised budget allocations to mainstream and upgrade seminaries. He said seminaries’ standards should match the latest educational trends, but no proposal to implement the idea was discussed.
The meeting was co-chaired by Federal Education Minister Mohammad Balighur Rehman.
Mr Rehman …


[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: Out of more than 10,000 madressahs functioning across the province, the Sindh government has sealed 2,309 seminaries which were unregistered or being run ‘illegally’, while all the remaining 7,724 seminaries have been geo-tagged, it emerged on Friday.
Close to a million students, including 818 foreigners, are enrolled with the seminaries in Sindh, according to officials.
A Sindh home ministry report shows that Special Branch had completed the much-awaited geo-tagging of some 7,724 madressahs. “We have completed the task given to us by the National Counter Terrorism Authority, now the location of …

Human Rights, HUMAN RIHGT »

[1 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a legal adviser for the International Commission of Jurists.
LAST week, the European Parliament decided to continue Pakistan’s GSP Plus trading status, an instrument of the EU’s trade policy that aims to encourage developing countries to comply with core international standards in return for trade incentives.
The decision was based on the European Commission’s report assessing Pakistan’s performance in meeting the terms of the GSP Plus. In its January report, the European Commission had noted with concern that “human rights violations remain widespread in the country”, but had commended …

China, China-Tibet, Headline, HUMAN RIHGT »

[20 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Emily Rauhala in the Washington Post, Nov 19, 2015 at 10:35 PM
HONGYA, China — The first snow of the season lies light on the hills and the air smells of wood smoke; the police who guard this village on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau must be inside by the stove.
Beyond a solitary checkpoint, a paved road rises up and around and passes a high-walled courtyard with a richly painted gate. Nearby, a sheep picks through a pile of hay, unobserved except by security cameras.
It was here, in …

AF-PAK /ISIS/TALIBAN, Afghanistan, Headline, HUMAN RIHGT, Pak Army, Taliban, Talibanisation, Terrorism »

[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Jon Boone in The Guardian, Nov 18, 2015 at 05.01 GMT
Islamabad: Afghan refugees who have lived in Pakistan for decades are being driven out of the country in a wave of harassment by officials, with many facing arbitrary arrests and the destruction of what little property they own, Human Rights Watch has said.
Pakistan’s large population of Afghans has long lived at the margins of society, but a report by the rights group said police intimidation sharply increased after the Pakistani Taliban massacre of more than 130 schoolboys at Peshawar’s …