Archive for August, 2013


RightsNow Pakistan strongly condemns the brtal killing of Awami National Party’s leader Najma Hanif who was gnned down by unidentified culprits at Hayatabad Peshawer on the Friday night.  Unfortunate aspect of the story is that attackers entered in her house and attacked on her. She was hit in her head and other parts and managed to escape unhurt and identified. This put the writ of the State and other law enforcement agencies inclding police in question. Another sad aspect of the story is that Ms Najam husband Hanif Jadoon and her son were killed in a suicide bomb attack in July 2011.

RightsNow Pakistan condemns the brutal killing of Ms Najma and demand indepedent, speedy and impartial inquiry of the murder.

Call for Applications for the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute


Deadline for applications: 23 August 2013


Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF), in cooperation with its partners the Center cooperation with representatives of the Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (ECPI) are pleased to announce the Call for Applications to participate in the training programme of the Fifth Round of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI), 2013-2015. The Institute is a unique initiative founded by the three partners in 2004 it is the first-of-its-kind programme aimed at building and developing the capacity of young lawyers from Central and Eastern European and the Newly Independent States (CEE/NIS) for litigation on women’s rights issues,including:

• violence against women,

• sexual and reproductive health and rights, and

• employment discrimination.

More details at


The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), a Dual Campus Master of Arts Programme, is a shared initiative of The The Nippon Foundation, the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). The objective of the programme is to train young Asian professionals to become peace building practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in their organizations.

The programme offers specialised language training for candidates with intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency and includes MA Coursework in an area related to peace building (11 specialisations available!), MA Coursework with an Asian perspective and the design and implementation of an 8-week intensive field project.



Posted: August 13, 2013 in News and Views

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Applications open for MA Peace and Development, Leeds, UK.

The twin challenges of global poverty and violent conflict require us to understand how the tasks of peacebuilding and development can work together to enable communities, countries and regions to improve people’s lives.

The MA Peace and Development at Leeds Metropolitan University weaves theory and practice together to examine the causes of poverty and conflict, how local, national and international systems deal with violence and development strategies to improve peoples basic living conditions, and what methods are brought together to build sustainable peace and improve livelihoods.

Pressures associated with climate change, natural resource depletion, explosive war remnants, increasing global migration, and economic and political crises mean that the issues associated with conflict and development become ever more important. This course will provide you with the tools to analyse & address these key challenges in a reflective and sensitive manner so you are equipped to make a positive difference.


The international group of students doing this MA are typically involved in social change, NGOs, Government and policy work and bring with them varied experiences that enrich the course experience. Through the taught course and your own research you will be using a range of innovative tools, going on visits and working alongside research active staff and PhD students . The taught work includes project management and evaluation meaning that you leave with the practical skills, as well as knowledge and understanding to work in a variety of local, national and international careers. There are also opportunities to participate in ongoing research with staff.

The programme offers students an exciting, comprehensive, professionally-orientated programme of study in a dynamic field.” Dr Dyer, External Advisor


NEW: If you are able to join the course in September 2013 you will be able to participate in thePAGE Festival – a week of activities, employer showcase, and speakers, involving students and staff from Politics, International Relations, Peace and Development and can join the group preparing to attend the Sarajevo Peace Festival in 2014.


For all enquiries or visits please contact the course leader Dr. Rachel

 To apply please click here

Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of Odhikar, former Deputy Attorney General and an advocate of the Supreme Court.

Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of Odhikar, former Deputy Attorney General and an advocate of the Supreme Court.

RightsNow Pakistan condemns the arrest of secretary of Odhikar, a Bangladesh based human rights organization arrest by Metropolitan police under fabricated charges. Adil is a leading human rights defender,former Deputy Attorney General and a Supreme Court lawyer.

Adiul Rahman was arrested on 10th August on charges of fabricating infromation about attrocities committed earlier this year. Police arrested him while he was returning home with his family.

Ali Palh, a lawyer, human rights defender, executive director, RightsNow Pakistan a Pakistan based human rights organization condemned the arrest of Adiland said he is being victimized for his human rights protection work and for his organizations’ work which has been very critical of human rights abuses committed by Bangladesh Government.

Mr. Palh said Adil’s arrest will have a negative impact on the security of huamn rights defenders in South Asia. It will negatively affect the human rights situation in South Asia.

Bangladesh Government should show wisdom and release Adil immediately. While talking to Bar and lawyers, Mr. Palh requested all lawyers and civil society actors and youth in Pakistan to act for the release of Adil and sign petition given below: