Archive for May, 2016

Article 14 of the Constitution of Pakistan expressly prohibits torture, and its article 9 talks about security of person and its Article 4 recognizes right of every individual to be dealt with in accordance with law and to enjoy protection of law.  Article of Pakistani constitution talks about equality of citizens.

Besides, Pakistan is also signatory to UN Convention against Torture and degrading treatment and CEDAW which obliges Pakistan and its institution to fulfil its commitment made with international community.

Right not to be tortured is an absolute right and can not be suspended in any emergency.

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Despite all legal and moral binding Pakistan’s state institution are openly expressing biases, prejudices against women and other vulnerable groups and communities and preaching of committing torture which is offence in national law and prohibited by international law.

Newly developed criminal law which talks about universal jurisdiction, under which any person commit tortures will be arrested anywhere in the world. No state or country will provide protection to person commits torture or involved in this practice.

Like other all religions, Islam also love,  peace, tolerance and .freedom of belief does not promote violence.

RightsNow Pakistan strongly condemn CII recommendations regarding light beating of women and demand its abolition. RightsNow Pakistan stands with civil society in its demand of disbanding CII.

Sindh Human Rights Defender (SHRD) also condemned such open invitation of violence upon women by any institution claims to be an state institution and constitutional body called CII. It should be disbanded immediately to show superiority of parliament, constitution and compliance of our religion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was first exposed to exploitation within the lawyer community last year in August, after being enrolled as a lawyer at the Karachi Bar Association. I met with a typist named Mubarak Ali — who over a cup of tea — narrated a story about a lawyer and his intimate relationship with a client, who had come to him for the dissolution of her marriage. Lawyer: “Why do you want to dissolve your marriage?” Client: “He beats me up; makes me do all the housework for his family. He doesn’t help me financially in the upbringing of our children. I started stitching clothes and selling them in order to manage household expenses. When he is drunk, he sexually abuses me.” Lawyer: “That’s really sad. You are just like my sister and I’ll personally look into the matter. I usually charge Rs20,000 for such cases but since you are just like my sister, I will just charge Rs10,000.” Client: “Wakeel sahib, I stitch clothes to my pay bills. It’s hard for me to even arrange Rs10,000.” Lawyer: “For now, just give me Rs4,000. I have to rush for another case right now but meet me in the evening at my place and I’ll see what I can do.” Client: “Okay, but I’ll be late because I have to drop my son to his khala’s.” See: State of neglect: Closed eyes to sexual assault At his house, the lawyer ruthlessly told the woman to pay an additional Rs6,000 for dissolution of her marriage or grant him sexual favours. With no means of affording the fee, the woman succumbed.

Selected Articles

Posted: May 26, 2016 in Articles, News and Views

01 #MenstruationMatters: Taboo around menstruation causing women shame….

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-25/taboo-around-menstruation-causing-women-shame/7445378

02  Mom’s letter to lady who gave her “the look” as her son chose a Barbie

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/05/moms-letter-lady-gave-look-son-chose-barbie/

03   The Invisibles: Peshawar’s transgender pushed to society’s fringe

http://www.dawn.com/news/1168641

04 Justice, Sexual exploitation and bigotry–Musings of a Pakistani Justice, sexual exploitation and Bigotry-Musings of a Pakistani Lawyer

05  These women stayed in abusive marriages because Pakistan failed them http://www.dawn.com/news/1250897/these-women-stayed-in-abusive-marriages-because-pakistan-failed-them

06 ‘lightly beating’ wife permissible, says CII’s proposed women protection bill  http://www.dawn.com/news/1260803/lightly-beating-wife-permissible-says-ciis-proposed-women-protection-bill

07. On Secret Marriages  – By Rafia Zakaria

http://www.dawn.com/news/1263386

08. Reprodcutive Violence by Tahir Mahdi

http://www.dawn.com/news/1263136/reproductive-violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23-year-old transgender activist Alisha died at a northern Pakistani hospital, the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar on Wednesday after Alisha was shot and injured the other day. She was shot seven or eight times. The main reason of her death was delay in medical care which was denied on the basis of discrimination. Lady Reading Hospital, one of the largest medical facility of the province and where staff dithered over whether to place her in the ward for male patients or female patients. This attitude and prejudice against transgender in our country, its institutions reveals the status of transgender in our society and country.  The death of Alisha can not be attributed to wounds, injuries by bullets but to our attitudes which are anti -human and inhumane. Transgenders are not only victim on our society, other vulnerable groups like women citizens of different faith are also facing the same discrimination.

Transgender Alisha’s murder is not the first incident, before that at least five transgenders have already been attacked in recent months but culprits have not been held accountable which will further encourage these gangsters/criminals and make transgenders more vulnerable.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become worse place for transgenders where as per report by transgender community representative published in media, 45 transgender had been killed in last two years.

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Alisha at LRH

Transgenders in Pakistan does not enjoy equal rights, despite the highest court of the country (Pakistan’s Supreme Court) has enshrined equal rights for transgender people. Practically, as this incident showed, transgenders are being denied access to education, health, employment and both state and society is compelling transgenders to earn by begging, dance and sex.

We highly appreciate Trans Action – an advocacy  group that has been increasingly vocal in seeking equal rights for transgenders in the province. We stand with them and offer our full support in protection and promotion of rights of transgender community.

According to media sources: “The estimated number of transgender in KPK province at least is 45,000 and at least half a million nationwide.” Most of them live in harsh conditions, hired for dance at wedding parties. Others have little way to make a living, except through begging or sex.

 

We believe that transgender people are easily targeted because:

– They are considered physically weak.

– They have no social support.

They are facing issues and challenges of identity as in case of Alisha, hospital authorities were dithering whether to keep her in male or female patients.


 

Now they are getting NIC cards before they even didn’t had right to get NIC card which was denying them of their previous rights and creating security issues and threats for them.

Not only in KPK, but in Sindh and other provinces, they have same and common threats. “S” from Karachi told that any transgender speak against atrocities of gangsters/mafias they rape them in groups of 30 which is called a PACKAGE for transgender who disobeys them and their commands.

Constitution and other national laws offer them protection but when transgenders visit Government offices they are ridiculed there. “Z” shared even if transgender after 12-14 years schooling got to government office for applying for jobs, they are Ridiculed and Harassed.

Governments (both federal & Provincial) must implement quota of transgenders in jobs.

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Vigil for Transgender Activist Alisha

 

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SHRD & civil society members protesting for Transgender Alisha in Karachi

 


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Sindh Human Rights Defenders (SHRD) Hyderabad members taking part in vigil for Transgender Alisha @ Press Club Hyderabad

 


SINDH HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER (SHRD) also condemned the attack on Alisha and discriminatory attitude of the hospital where Alisha was taken for treatment but not admitted due to her orientation and identity.