Archive for August, 2011

SUBJECT:     INVITATION – TRAINING WORKSHOP ON “EMPOWERING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT APPROACHES TO FACE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES”

We are pleased to inform you, The DOER Trust is organizing a five days training workshop on “EMPOWERING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT APPROACHES TO FACE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES”. The training workshop will be held from 12th – 16th September 2011 at O’ Spring Estate, Bank Road Murree Hills.This training workshop aims to help to assess the impact of climate change and environmental degradation on the community development process and helps organisations decide how one will respond to it.

The DOER Trust is inviting applications from, NGOs, INGOs, CBOs, Churches and Church institutions to participate in this training workshop. The attached brochure provides detailed information on the training workshop. If you wish to attend or nominate any person(s) from your organization, kindly fill the enclosed application form. Please ensure to return back filled form with complete information by September 07, 2011 along with training workshop contribution PKR 8,000/= per participants (for residential, inclusive of the cost of boarding and lodging) payable in advance by Crossed Cheque, Bank Draft or Money Order in favour of The DOER Trust.

Confirmation letters will be issued to the confirmed participants or informed through telephone call at the earliest. The training workshop will start on Monday 12th day of September 2011 at 02:00 p.m. sharp and ends on Friday 16th day of September 2011 after Lunch at 2:00 p.m.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact. Thanking you and assuring you of our best cooperation and services at all times.Contact: mohsin.zia.mall@gmail.com

Statement: RightsNow Pakistan condemn the abduction of Shahbaz Taseer, the son of slained Salman Taseer, former Governor Punjab, today on 26th August, morning by armed men from Lahore. According to media reports, Mr. Shahbaz Taseer was abducted from Lahore GulBerg area, while he was travelling in his car with his freinds. Abductors abducted everyone but later released his freinds who informed the police about the incident.

Shahbaz Taseer son of Salman Taseer

 It is relevant to mention here that Shahbaz Taseer’s father, Salman Taseer former Governor of Punjab, was assasinated by his own guard, Mr. Mumtaz Qadri, for his alleged blasphamous comments and his efforts for the release of Aisha Bibi, a christian women accused of committing blasphamy. RightsNow Pakistan calls for both national and provincial government for investigation and release of Shahbaz Taseer. This is nother sad incident with Taseer family after the assasination of  Salman Taseer.

RightsNow Pakistan condemns the abduction of Mr. Shahbaz Taseer and call for his immediate release. We expresss solidaity and sympathy with Taseer family.

Karachi, this incident in Lahore and other incidents of violence and killings in other parts of Pakistan shows the weaker writ of the Government where citizens have lost their confidence in the state for their security. If this time, the Shahbaz Taseer was not speedily released and  abductors were not held accountable, the miscreants and criminal elements will be encouraged and peaceful citizens of Pakistan will feel more insecure and scared.

 

RightsNow Pakistan believes respect for human rights, tolerance, nonviolence, pluralism, respect for dissent and human rights

RightsNow Pakistan’s volunteer programme promotes volunteerism to support peace, justice and human rights across Pakistan. We believe that volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development and human rights challenges by contributing their knowledge and skills. With their support, we can improve the human rights and human security situation in the country. This program benefits the organization, individuals, and the society at large.

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RightsNow Pakistan needs Volunteers in Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Thatta, Tando Mohummad Khan and other rain ruined or conflict ridden districts of Sindh province for reporting human rights in conflict and disasters.

Besides, RightsNow Pakistan also needs volunteers for its hyderabad and Karachi office for following support. 

  • Support the organization in the development of its systems, database, conduct trainings, seminars, lectures, dialogues on peace, justice, human rights issues and document them.
  • Commit 5-7 hours per day for minimum of three months period
  • May assist the organization in either one or multi-tasking
  • Start research on any of the following human rights issue
  • Researchers can also work at academic institutions (universities & colleages) and report on weekly basis

RightsNow Pakistan will support and encourage volunteers to research on following human rights themes/issues and help them publish their research.

  • Child Labor and abuse  
  • Gender Violence
  • Reasons for increasing violence and extremism in Pakistan
  • Disappearances  Torture Prevention
  • Protection of Religious and sexual minorities
  • Prisoner’ Rights
  • Rights To Self-Determination
  • International Criminal Court and its Future

Eligibility:

  • Bachelors or Masters in Social Sciences, International Relations, Law or Human Rights
  • Knowledgeable and skillful in computeracy
  • Ability to successfully integrate into the organization, its team, and its work
  • Sensitivity to the local culture and religion and compliance with principles, values and policies of the organization
  • Strong interest and commitment in human rights
  •  Ability to communicate in Urdu, Sindhi and English will be highly appreciable. However, fluency in anyone or two languages is also acceptable.

 For information about how to become a volunteer with RightsNow Pakistan. Please email us your CV/Resume at rightsnowpak@gmail.com, we will get back to you as soon as possible.  ________________________________________________________________________________

Note: It should be noted that volunteers’ positions are unpaid and there is not any monetary benefit attached with them. However, RightsNow Pakistan will provide volunteers with opportunities for training, research both at national and international level and will prefer its volunteers in case any employment opportunity comes in RightsNow Pakistan.

Imtiaz Chandio, a young a fearless journalist, who has been in this field for last 11 years, was barred from reporting violence, in an area where a political party has strong hold. Imtiaz and his team, who were covering incidents of violence near American Consulate Karachi, on August 13, 2011 amid strike called by Nationalist Parties of Pakistan, were attacked by 5-6 young, heavily armed people. They fired at Imtiaz Chandio while he was trying to cover the incidents of violence. They shot indiscriminately at Imtiaz’s van and fortunately, Imtiaz and his team escaped unhurt and left the area without coverage.

This is not the first time that Mr. Chandio has faced such situation while performing his duty in the business capital of Pakistan. Imtiaz and one of his colleagues were attacked in 2007 when they were covering the post Benazir Bhutto Assassination violence in 2007. Pakistan where violence has become part of its social, political culture, 39 national and international journalists have lost their lives since 2001. The last three victims were Shafi Ullah of The News, Asfandyar Khan of Akhbar-e-Khyber and Syed Saleem Shahzad of Asia Online in the month of May and June 2011. In Pakistan, media one of the strongest sources, which brings human rights violation on surface and expose political violence in the country. Attacks on journalists both by government and non-state actors are messages for not reporting these incidents. Last month, Geo Reporter, was attacked and barred by guards of former Home Minister of Sindh Government and current cabinet minister.

This attack on Imtiaz and other journalist barring from covering violence is a message for all journalist community that they should not cover such incidents. This is attack on freedom of expression and nation’s right to information. We are alarmed by such situation in the country where journalists and lawyers and other human rights defenders, who protects ordinary citizens, are not safe. We call on the Government of Pakistan to take responsibility of protection of journalists in Karachi and other parts of the Pakistan so the nation should know what is happening in the country. RightsNow Pakistan is aggrieved by such attacks by non-state actors on journalist who are making the access of the nation to information possible.

We call on both Sindh and Pakistan Government for taking stern action against those who have attacked on Imtiaz Chandio and barred him from reporting the violence. We also call on all political parties which have strong hold in these areas where journalist are being attacked and barred from reporting, to take action against their political workers, involved in such incidents.  

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) announced its verdict in the Sarfraz Shah killing case on Thursday, August 11, 2011 and awarded the death sentence to Shahid Zafar, who shot Sarfraz Shah.

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The family of the victim, Sarfraz Shah is satisfied with the verdict and called it a decision on merit. They have thanked the Chief Justice of Pakistan for taking the notice of the case and hope that superior courts will uphold the decision. According to the mother of victim, she would be satisfied when death sentence would be carried out. Brother of Sarfraz Shah said, he would like to see the killers go to gallows.

In this case, suo moto action was taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. For which people say, had Supreme Court not taken the action, Police could have protected the Ranger personals. These seven men have been convicted by the Anti-Terrorism Court and verdict is given by Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso. Accused have seven days to file an appeal in the High Court against the lower court’s decision. This verdicts has restored people’s confidence in the judiciary and rule of law in Pakistan.

Vidoe shows Sarfraz Shah’s killing: http://www.4shared.com/video/4QkyN4ta/Sarfraz_shah_full_killing_vide.html

Again this year, heavy rains have started displacing people who were not even settled yet in Sindh. Reports are being received through media, volunteers and reporters that heavy rains have damaged crops, caused displace, Mirpurkhas  districts.

  • So far 18 people have lost their lives reported in media.
  • Javed Malik  25 years old drowned in Mirwah Gorchani
  • Raeesa 50 and 2 years Ahsan killed due to roof collapse
  • M. Mangrahar, Ms. Kheti, Ms. and Ms. were killed in the same kind of incident.
  • 28 people injured in a roof collapse at Digri
  • Two girls were killed at by roof collapse at Odho Village T.M.Khan
  • 6 people have been killed in Tando Mohummad Khan in different incidents due to rain

These are incidents which have been reported by media and other sources but there may be some lives lost which have not been surfaced in media.

In this situation, RightsNow Pakistan call for immediate State and International Community intervention and immediate provision of support to affected people and areas ON EMERGENCY BASIS. However, prime Minister of Pakistan has already directed National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for immediate response, we demand, DCOs in these areas tighten their coordination and set up information sharing and support mechanisms work round the clock. The Government of Pakistan make sure all the necessary staff and resources are available at coordination points to support individuals, families and communities in rain affected areas.

RightsNow Pakistan request media, civil society, youth group, community based organizations and women groups to report human rights violations occur during the rain and report to local authorities and NGOs working on them. We request media for rapid and authentic reporting

We request Government Institutions, Police and other law enforcement authority to keep check on criminal elements who may take advantage of the situation.

Schools should be closed until situation gets normal.

Drainage and Sewarage Department should plug holes and wells in roads and streets.

Electrical and Power Supply Department make sure wires are properly covered.

Doctors stretch their working hours and provide life saving & Psycho social supportto affected people.

Tando Allahyar Specific Recomedations:

We call for immediate intervention and rapid response by Mehran Sugar Mill and other industries in this situation. These institutions should provide rescue support to affected people and help displaced people find shelters.  

We request Gymkhana Tando Allahyar, Chamber & Commerce Tando Allahyar and other support mechanisms to play their role in this situation and help reduce people’s plight and miseries by providing them food, medicines and other support.

Thanks to All-Human Rights For All

RightsNow Pakistan

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This is not a ficticious story but a real incident which has occured near Khipro, district Sanghar, Sindh, Pakistan. Three young people were beaten, tortured on a issue of liking girls of the village. According to the reports three young persons were stripped off their clothes and tortured on suspicion of liking girls of the local village. Influential people took tem to a place where their heads and eye brows were also shaved. This is not an isolated incident but it has become a trend in our society where people start doing their own justice and humiliate the accused on the basis of mere suspicion.

Heads and eye brows were shaven as a punishment

 The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees the rights of the citizens and does not allow any such action against anybody which humiliates a human being. Under international law such practices are counted as torture and fall under the purview of the Convention Against Torture to which Pakistan is a party. Its article 1 defines torture as, “ an act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”

The Government of Pakistan, police, law enforcement agency and judiciary must take immediate notice of such actions and make sure the perpetrators are held accountable and people are not punished for crimes which they have not done or they are punished on the basis of mere suspicion and people make their own judgements.