Archive for November, 2013

Tuesday: A passenger train hit a rickshaw carrying children to school collided train left nine dead including eight school children. According to eye witnesses it happened because the rickshaw driver attempted to traverse an unmanned railway crossing without seeing fast approaching train near village Balu Lashari District Dadu.

 

This incident raise following questions:

Life has become very cheap in Pakistan?

Due to corruption, all budgets of gates on the railway crossing has not been spent which cause many such incidents and ultimately loss of life. 

Due to corruption, people who are employed to perform their duties on railway crossing, dont perform their duties, just get their salaries.

Negligence on part of train, rickshaw and other factors in Pakistan have become common causes of taking human lives. 

 

 

 

 

According to details, a rickshaw carrying school children was on its way when the driver attempted to traverse an unmanned railway crossing without seeing fast approaching Shah Nawaz Express near village Balu Lashari in Dadu.

 

Police officer told that the rickshaw got stuck on the tracks, and the speeding train crashed into it.

 

As a result of dreadful collision, four children died on the spot and several others sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to hospital in critical condition where five more succumbed to their injuries, raising the toll to nine.

 

The victims were aged between five and fifteen years.

میں بھی کافر تُو بھی کافر
پھولوں کی خوشبو بھی کافر
لفظوں کا جادُو بھی کافر
یہ بھی کافر وہ بھی کافر
فیض بھی اور منٹو بھی کافر…
نُور جہاں کا گانا کافر
مکدونلدز کا کھانا کافر
برگر کافر کوک بھی کافر
ہنسنا بدعت جوک بھی کافر
طبلہ کافر ڈھول بھی کافر
پیار بھرے دو بول بھی کافر
سُر بھی کافر تال بھی کافر
بھنگڑا، اتن، دھمال بھی کافر
دھادرا،ٹھمری،بھیرویں کافر
کافی اور خیال بھی کافر
وارث شاہ کی ہیر بھی کافر
چاہت کی زنجیر بھی کافر
زِِندہ مُردہ پیر بھی کافر
نذر نیاز کی کھیر بھی کافر
بیٹے کا بستہ بھی کافر
بیٹی کی گُڑیا بھی کافر
ہنسنا رونا کُفر کا سودا غم کافر خوشیاں بھی کافر
جینز بھی اور گٹار بھی کافر
ٹخنوں سے نیچے باندھو تو اپنی یہ شلوار بھی کافر
فن بھی اور فنکار بھی کافر
جو میری دھمکی نہ چھاپیں وہ سارے اخبار بھی کافر
یونیورسٹی کے اندر کافر ڈارون بھائی کا بندر کافر
فرائڈ پڑھانے والے کافر مارکس کے سب متوالے کافر
میلے ٹھیلے کُفر کا دھندہ گانے باجے سارے پھندہ
مندر میں تو بُت ہوتا ہے مسجد کا بھی حال کیا ہے کافر
کافر میں بھی کافر کافر کافر تُو بھی کافر۔۔۔۔!!!
سلمان حیدر

Fourteen MONTHS’ tenure of District & Session Judge Tando Allahyar was a grace period for lawyers, litigants, staff and masses. That was the period of Honorable Javed Ahmed Keerio, first District & Session Judge deployed in the newly established District Court Tando Allahyar.

I do not think that period will ever be forgotten by the people, lawyers who argued before him and other actors who saw justice happening in Tando Allahyar. Beneficiaries of decision taken by the District & Session Judge Tando Allayar are those who are always either excluded or suppressed will always miss that golden period of the District Court led by the District & Session Judge Tando Allahyar, Javed Keerio.

The level of deterrence increased in this tenure. That was expressed not only by many lawyers but also by litigants and outlaws.

An out lawed said, “Now court has become a place where we and our community cannot tread in because   my influence has ceased to work there.” New judicial team of five judges (Javed Keerio, DJ, Arshad Murtaza, ADJ, Niaz Soomro, SCJ, JM1- Khalid Hussain Lagahri, JM2, Neelam Shaikh) in Tando Allahyar has declared a jihad of justice and war against crimes and criminals.”

Being an independent, impartial unbiased author of this article and observer of the court, I found Javed Keerio open minded, courageous, punctual, firm, compassionate, and a real judge. Without any exaggeration and flattery, I would say he is the jjudge who gave opportunities to newly enrolled lawyers to gather their courage and appear before him. Had there been another judge, these junior lawyers have never dared to take a case. They will really miss Javed Keerio as a judge, justice, mentor and educator.

From interview made with different lawyers, there was a general opinion that Javed Keerio has following qualities:

Judicial Temperament: Most of the lawyers are of the opinion that Mr. Javed Keerio had patience to listen litigants and lawyers. He was a good listener. A rare quality of a human being, most of us are fond of speaking but reluctant to listen. Jawed Keerio, as per lawyers, provided enough space to young and old lawyer to make their arguments and cases. He never teased lawyers and public prosecutors for small mistakes. However, he kept encouraging the lawyers who got the chance to build their capacity gradually.

Suitability to workload: Another quality which is said to be found in Javed Keerio was his suitability to work load. He demonstrated his or her compatibility with the workload of the court.

Sensitivity to human rights and taboo topics: He is the one who introduced human rights as a separate subject in the cause list and allowed litigants to appear without lawyer and get relief. Suppressed, excluded and neglected sections and groups were encouraged to seek justice from the court. First time ever in the history of Tando Allahyar court word gender, women rights, forced labor were being heard and cases dealt in which victims got their grievances addressed.

Integrity and honesty: This is the quality which is foundation of this seat and one of the requirements was found in Keerio Javed. In his tenure more than 32 staff members were recruited on merit.

Bar & Bar & Bench: Lawyers heard saying in Keerio Javed ‘s tenure the relationship between Bar and Bench further strengthened and Javed Keerio gave very previous suggestions to the District Bar Association along with offer of cooperation.

We hope the legacy of Javed Keerio will continue in Tando Allahyar and other judicial districts where justice, human rights, impartiality, independence of judiciary and ethics of legal fraternity will be encouraged and established. We pray for Javed Keerio’s next posting and wish him best of luck in both his career and life.

RightsNow Pakistan, Sindh Progressive Lawyers Forum and progressive Lawyers Froum Tando Allhyar appreciate the services of Honorable Javed Ahmed Keerio for humanity and wish him best of luck in his career. And expect the same from the predecessors of Javed Ahemd Keerio at District & Session Court Tando Allahyar.

For comments write at alipalh@gmail.com or rightsnowpak@gmail.com

 

Winston Fellowship at SPI 2014

 

Dear colleagues.

Do you know a highly motivated individual who is just beginning a career in the peacebuilding field? Would she/he benefit from training courses and practical field experience with an NGO, IGO, or CSO? Would it help with future career choices? 

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) offers one all expenses paid fellowship per year to an up and coming, talented international or indigenous individual (e.g., not available to US citizens except for Native Americans) looking to deepen their understanding of practices and theories in peacebuilding and related fields. 

The Winston Fellowship pays all expenses (including international airfare) for the fellowship recipient to attend three sessions of SPI.  As part of the Fellowship, this person will be expected to do an internship with an organization in their home region after they return from SPI. To help with expenses during the internship, SPI will give $500 to the organization, to be distributed to the individual as a stipend and/or for expenses during their internship.

Please forward this e-mail to any individuals and organizations who may be interested in this fellowship, which you can do by clicking the “Forward to a Friend” link at the top of this e-mail or click here.

See below for information about the fellowship and how to apply.

Please note that the deadline to apply for the Winston Fellowship is January 14, 2014. 

Purpose of the Winston Fellowship

 Steven Hakizimana (Rwanda) 2013 Winston Fellow

The Winston Fellows Program provides support and training to talented international or indigenous (e.g., non-U.S. , except for Native American) individuals to increase their personal capacity and skills.

The Fellowship is given to an individual who does not yet have significant experience in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, restorative and transitional justice, sustainable development, humanitarian aid, trauma healing, monitoring and evaluation, or other related issue areas.

The Nature of the Fellowship

   Meltem Basara (Germany)    2012 Winston fellow

A Winston Fellowship consists of two parts: professional training and practical field experience.

Professional Training:
The fellowship begins with participation in three training courses at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, where the fellow lives and learns alongside peacebuilding practitioners from around the world. Last year, over 180 people from 43 countries attended SPI. Over the past 18 years, more than 2,700 people from 120 countries have taken courses at SPI.

Fellows take three training courses (non-academic) in subject areas of their choosing (Click here for a full list of courses occurring at SPI 2014). 

Practical Field Experience:
When the fellow returns from SPI, they will begin their internship with the organizational sponsor. The internship must be for a period of at least six weeks. Internships should include activities related to the theories and practices that the fellow learned in her/his courses at SPI.

To facilitate the internship and make it easier on the organization, a stipend of $500 (U.S.) will be given to the organization, to be fully disbursed to the fellow during the internship. This stipend can be used by the fellow for living expenses, travel, or other needs, but a requirement for the organization is that the entire $500 must be given to the Fellow by the end of the internship.

It is best if the internship occurs soon after the completion of courses at SPI, but we understand that delays do occur.  The internship must begin within six months of taking courses at SPI. If the internship is not started in that time period, the fellow forfeits the $500 stipend and the organization will need to return the funds to SPI.

Expenses Covered by the Winston Fellowship

        Colins Imoh (Nigeria)      2003 Winston Fellow, 2012 CJP MA

A Winston Fellowship covers the following costs:

  • Round-trip transportation costs to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, including transport from home country as well as from a U.S. airport in or near Washington, DC, to EMU. SPI staff must be consulted prior to any bookings or fare may not be fully reimbursed.
  • Training fees for three courses (non-credit) at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.
  • Lodging during three sessions in on-campus apartment with kitchen (weekday noon meal included with lodging).
  • A stipend to cover living and incidental expenses during the fellow’s stay in the United States.
  • Health insurance while in the United States (if necessary).
  • Visa expenses (including reasonable local travel to US Embassy)
  • Internship stipend of $500 (US) given to the NGO/IGO/CSO to be disbursed to the fellow during his or her internship.

How to Apply

Paulo Baleinakorodawa (Fiji), 2002 Winston Fellow, 2004 CJP MA graduate

Initiation of the application process for a Winston Fellowship can be made either by an organization proposing an applicant or by an applicant who has received an agreement for sponsorship and a post-SPI internship from an organization.

The application form consists of two parts: one for the individual and one for the organizational sponsor. The application is not complete unless both parts are submitted to SPI by the deadline of January 14, 2014.

To receive the necessary forms to apply, the individual mustfirst complete the online SPI application for admission. The individual can make a request for the Winston Fellowship applications within the application in the supplemental information section, question #3, about funding for SPI. The individual must provide the name of the organization that will sponsor her/him as well as a contact person and their e-mail address.

After the fully completed application for admission is processed, the individual will receive the personal application for the Fellowship. SPI will email the organizational sponsorship form directly to the organization to complete.

As noted above the deadline for Winston Fellows Applications is January 14, 2014.  Both individual and organization are responsible for making sure that their applications are received prior to the deadline.  Forms can be mailed to spi@emu.edu. Incomplete applications (e.g., missing the organizational or the personal application) will not be considered.

Please make sure the name of the applicant and “Winston Fellowship” are in the subject line of all correspondence.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Dolma (Tibet), 2010 Winston Fellow

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be international or indigenous (e.g., non-U.S., except Native American).
  • Eligible candidates do not yet have extensive experience in the peacebuilding field.
  • Proficiency in the English language is required for participation in SPI.

 

Selection Criteria

Priority is given to nominees who are:

  • From NGOs, IGOs, or CSOs operating in regions of violent or acute intergroup conflict or from field offices of international NGOs working in such contexts.
  • Able to contribute to the work of the nominating organization after their courses at SPI.
  • From or living in the country or region served by the internship.

 

Limitations on Fellowships:
The Winston Fellows Program will not support academic credit, research-oriented internships, PhD dissertation research, or internships that focus on U.S. issues (unless the topic is indigenous-related).

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  January 14, 2014

AWARD DECISIONS MADE: February 4, 2014

Questions?  Contact us at spi@emu.edu

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Students tackle a wide range of issues, including

  • Provision of humanitarian assistance
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Dear Editor, RightsNow Pakistan
by Gazal Jadoon

pindi
Traffic condition in Rawalpindi is getting worst day by day. Vehicles are increasing as populations increases. Some roads are block because of the digging up the city. One sector like WAPDA digs and repair then Sui gas starts digging.Thus digging keeps continue.

The other reason of traffic jam and mishaps in Rawalpindi is lack of driving sense. Some drivers are unaware of traffic rules . jumping lanes, over taking, speeding, cutting signals and cursing are the normal things in roads.
VIP movement also another factor of traffic jam.

VIP movement and construction work both might be a massive jam. if traffic flows frequently in the roads due to VIP movement in some areas disturb flow of traffic in the whole city its natural things the police take bribes from the drivers of buses, wagons, trucks and other commercial vehicles and did not do their duties properly.
If all of them do their duties and follow the rules and regulation so it might be control the traffic jams in Rawalpindi city.

Press Release

LONDON, Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) held a demonstration in front of Iranian embassy,  16 Prince’s Gate Sw7 1PT London  on Sunday 10 November 2013 from 2 pm to 4.30 pm to protest against the recent  Barbaric mass execution of Baloch prisoners  by Iran in a revenge of a border clash with its security men.  A large no. of Baloch, Sindhi, Kurdish and Ahwazi  political and human rights  activists participated in the demo. They condemn the Iranian state brutal executions of Baloch political activists and called for unity  and combined efforts to regain their freedom & sovereignty.

The Gathering also Paid rich Tributes  and expressed their solidarity  with the 70 yrs old aged  Maama Qadeer and families of Baloch Missing Persons who are on a long March by foot from Quetta to Karachi (some 760 miles ) to campaign &  highlight the issue of  Baloch missing persons who have been abducted by Pakistani state agencies and extra judicially killed. The gathering also condemn the criminal silence of Pakistani media by not reporting the news.

 Dr. Hayder Laashari,  Dr. Jawad Mella President of Kurdistan (Syrian) Party,  Mahnaz Baloch, Faisal Alahwazi  leader of Ahawz, Muhammad Naeem Dad,  Ali Mulahzai,  Vajed Hossainzehi, Dr. Hidayt Bhutto leader of world Sindhi Congress and Samad Baloch spoke on the occasion.

Baloch Human Rights Council has written a letter( Posted by registered mail) To the United Nations Secretary General requesting for Un intervention and establishing an international commission to investigate the heinous crimes against humanity being committed by the Iranians in Balochistan

Please read the Original text of the letter to the UN secretary General and view the Pictures of the demo :  http://balochistanhcr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/mass-execution-by-iran-in-balochistan.html

http://balochistanhcr.blogspot.co.uk/

Post title      Reference       Grade   Date    Deadline
[http://www.icj-cij.org/images/index_black.gif] Law Clerk to Judges of the Court (Associate Legal Officer) (multiple positions) 2013/5  P-2     23 August 2013  15 November 2013
at midnight Central European Time (CET)

Deadline for applications : 15 November 2013 Post title : Law Clerk to Judges of the Court (Associate Legal Officer) (multiple positions) Grade : P-2 Reference : 2013/5 Duty Station : International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands Organizational Unit : Legal Clerks to Judges Indicative minimum net annual remuneration (including post adjustment) :
At single rate: 54,874 Euro
At dependency rate: 58,503 Euro
Length of Appointment: Two years fixed-term, renewable once for a second two year period Start of Appointment: The various Law Clerk positions will fall vacant during a period of two years
Background:
The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint multiple Law Clerks each of whom will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court. For administrative purposes, the Law Clerks are attached to the Department of Legal Matters.
Functions:
Under the supervision of the judge to whom he or she will be specifically assigned, the Law Clerk will provide such judge with legal research and related assistance with regard to cases pending before the Court. The Law Clerk may also be required to provide legal assistance and support to a judge ad hoc participating in a particular case. In co ordination with his or her judge, the Law Clerk may also from time to time be called upon to perform some specific legal tasks for the Registry.
Qualifications and skills:

  *   an advanced university degree in law, with significant academic background in public international law or professional experience in the field. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Post-graduate studies in public international law would be an asset;
  *   two years’ experience in the settlement of international legal disputes with an international organization, government, law firm or other private sector entity would be desirable.

Languages:
French and English are the official and working languages of the Court. Excellent knowledge of and drafting ability in one of these languages is required, as well as a working knowledge of the other. Command of other official languages of the United Nations would be an asset.
Remuneration:
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
The Court’s salaries are calculated in US dollars but paid in euros. They consist of a basic salary and a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in the Netherlands and the euro/dollar exchange rate.
In addition, the Court offers an attractive benefits package including 30 days of annual leave, home travel every two years, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan and medical insurance.
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED How to apply:
Applicants are required to complete a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11), and to submit a cover letter. Applicants are specifically requested at the time of their application to provide a full copy of their official academic record indicating the level of attainment achieved (e.g. class of degree, GPA, mark awarded, or position in overall ranking) in respect of any university or professional qualification obtained. If the relevant university or authority does not make such information available, that fact should be stated.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to send their application by e mail, addressed to the Registrar of the Court, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number.
E-mail: recrutement-recruitment@icj-cij.org<mailto:recrutement-recruitment@icj-cij.org>
Fax: +31 70 364 99 28<tel:%2B31%2070%20364%2099%2028>
Only applications from candidates under serious consideration will be acknowledged. Applications that are found by the Court to meet the above criteria may be added to a reserve list in case a similar vacancy arises in the future.
The Registrar reserves the right not to appoint any candidate to the post, or to appoint one at a lower level or on the basis of a modified description.

Mount Holyoke College and Smith College are proud to cohost “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development,” a two-week institute of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP). The institute will bring together emerging women leaders working to re-build their communities and promote sustainable economic livelihoods following political violence and human rights violations. This intensive program, cosponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is scheduled for May 25–June 6, 2014. The institute invites applications from societies recovering from recent (within the last decade) conflict, with a preference for delegates from Asia.

Please note: Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit applications online by November 15, 2013.

The institute aims to provide the emerging women leaders selected for participation with the concrete tools and training necessary to increase the scope, efficacy, and visibility of their work. Invited scholars, policymakers, and government and non-government representatives will aid delegates in expanding their leadership and communication skills, developing effective use of traditional and social media, and improving the ability to build national, regional, and international networks.

The institute invites applications from early and mid-career women from societies recovering from recent (within the last decade) conflict, with a preference for delegates from Asia.

Participants will also visit the nearby city of Holyoke, as well as Boston, to meet with officials and local partner organizations. A trip to New York City will provide an opportunity to network with women in the private sector.

The Program

Through panel discussions and working groups based on actual cases and projects, as well as workshops, debates and special events, the 2014 institute will promote leadership skills and explore the multiple legal, political, economic, social, and cultural approaches to recovering from violence and safeguarding human rights.

Delegates will engage the following questions:

How can women effectively mobilize their communities to respond to conflict and repair the damage done?
What strategies exist for reconciling divided societies and addressing the needs of victims?
Which institutions (e.g. government agencies, judiciary, and schools) need to be reformed in the wake of atrocity and what are the tactics for restructuring them?
What are the different ways to document, remember, and memorialize atrocity; deter future human rights violations; and amplify the role women play in the process?
What approaches can be used to improve economic development and inclusion to aid societies in recovering and prospering following violence?
How can women build financial and economic capacities, from the grassroots to the highest levels of policymaking?
Location

The 2014 Women in Public Service Institute will take place at Mount Holyoke College and Smith College. Mount Holyoke College is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts; Smith College is in neighboring Northampton, Massachusetts. Both colleges are 90 minutes from Boston by car.

Funding

The funding for this program covers: tuition, accommodations, meals, field trips, and travel from arrival at the delegates’ home airport to one of two airports – Boston, Massachusetts or Hartford, Connecticut. The delegates will work with a travel agency and the Institute to make the arrangements.

For more information for more info see http://www.smith.edu/wpsp/

“Call for Applications, Master of Public Administration Program, Central European University, Hungary (financial aid available)” on Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Now Accepting MPA Applications for Academic Year 2014-2015
 The School of Public Policy is seeking to recruit exceptional students from al…

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