Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights’

Putting a senior columnist and DAWN staff Cyril Almedia’s name on exit control list is injustice and we stand with Cyril. The article he wrote on the rift between PM and military was rejected by Prime Minister Office as fabricated – was later verified by other sources which were part of the meeting. Besides, we believe DAWN is a responsible institution which pursues its reporting fairly, independently and accurately. DAWN has verified and cross checked it.We demand for re-calling of that order which we believe is attack on freedom of express, protected by both constitution of Pakistan and several international conventions Pakistan has ratified.

Kindly share if you support Cyril and part of demand of withdrawal of his name from ECL.



RightsNow Pakistan facilitated an event on awareness of Disaster Prevention & Management with the full support of Office of the Deputy Commissioner Tando Allahyar in which Disaster Prevention & Management Kits provided by UNICEF were distributed among civil society organizations/individuals. Event was held at DC Office Tando Allahyar and participated by District Administration, Civil Society and other actors on disaster prevention. The event focused on how these awareness kits provided by UNICEF xan be utilized by the state, community for prevention and management of disaster. The individuals and representatives of selected organizations are asked/requested to use this literature based awareness material through various ways (presentations, workshops, write-ups, word of mouth, Khutba and seminars etc) and to promote the message and effort to UNICEF.

RightsNow Pakistan informed the selected kit receivers in the event on Monday (27 June 2016) that a follow up activity would also be conducted to report both UNICEF and District Administration.

Selection of Organizations/individuals received kits:

RightsNow Pakistan made its efforts to select the genuine participants who receive the awareness kit provided by the UNICEF. The candidates which included local NGOs, journalists, representatives of different organizations and others work closely with community and support community in both normal and disaster time.


ADC Mehwish Qalbani addressing the candidates at Disaster Awareness Kits Distribution Event


Cooperation of District Office:

District Commissioner (DC) Rasheed Zardari Sahib for extending full cooperation for this activity and Additional Commissioner Ms. Mehwish Qalbani, & Assistant Commissioner Ibrahim Almani for being present at the event and supporting the kit distribution process fairly.

Additional Commissioner Ms. Mehwish Qalbani and Assistant Commissioner (AC) Ibrahim Almani sahib also appreciated the efforts of RightsNow Pakistan for awareness of community on disaster prevention and management.

During the ceremony the interest of Ms Mehwish Qalbani and Ibrahim Almani was warm and encouraging which further encouraged the civil society actors came to receive kits.

Ms. Mehwish Qalbani requested the candidates to report on this awareness kits how they find the literature material, illustrations and message/awareness mentioned in the kits elements.

Later, Additional Commissioner Ms Mehwish Qalbani and Assistant Commissioner (AC) Ibrahim Almani distributed the Disaster Awareness Kits among the participants.

Miss Qirat Fatima, Program Assistant RightsNow Pakistan, Fida Chohwan Field Officer and Nadir Kalroo thanked to all participants and District Administration for their support and cooperation.

Highly appreciate the support of Human Rights Alliance & Imran Laghari UN OCHA in guidance.


In week time, civil society actors will conduct awareness session and report to RNP and DC Office. Report is sent to UNICEF.

NOTE: This activity is not part of any project or donor supported.
RightsNow Pakistan just facilitated it and all kits were given by UNICEF.
Thanks- RightsNow Pakistan

RightsNow PakistanSindh Human Rights Defenders, Center for Social Change, Human Rights Alliance, Progressive Lawyers Forum Sindh collectively welcome the statement and appreciate the practical step of Senate Advisory Panel & its functional committee on Human Rights for questioning the legal standing of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and holding it responsible for the rising cases of violence against women across the country.


RightsNow Pakistan (RNP) & Human Rights Alliance (HRA) call upon the Pakistani Government to ensure security of refugees, extension of validity of the PoR (Proof of residency) cards for Afghan refugees currently residing in Pakistan. Pakistan is host to one of the world’s largest and most protracted refugee situations with approximately 1.5 million registered and about a similar numbers or more unregistered Afghan refugees, most of whom fled the Soviet invasion in 1979. We believe that in all these years that number has increased because many Afghans have been born, schooled, raised and married whilst residing in Pakistan.

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SPARC (Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child) organized the Mango Gathering with Street Children with the collaboration of RightsNow Pakistan (RNP) at SPARC office.

The children enjoyed the Mango Celebration and kids from the age of five to thirteen shared their experiences with RNP members like how they used to spend their day at SPARC center and what they have learned yet?


kids at Mango Gathering

We found children happy while showing their arts and skills to visitors and happier when they were rewarded.

Most of them like to do coloring in their books. while a couple of them mentioned “they enjoyed the character play games more than the learning where they get to wear the different costumes of Superman and other characters.

These street children have immense potential but need is of resources to be spent on them. To save them from the clutches of vultures of society and equipping them with Education, Knowledge and Skills. Their skills need institutional support to furnish them.

There was a complaint in their eyes that they are not being taken care properly by their government and society.

The girls were equally happy to be a part of Mango Gathering and showed the RNP members the different Craft Work they have created.


girls learning art and craft skills

The girls introduced the different kind of skills they were learning and showed their colorful handmade work and diverse models of crafts they have made.


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.


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.


Vigil for Transgender Activist Alisha



SHRD & civil society members protesting for Transgender Alisha in Karachi



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.

Ban on Jami Chandio’s entry into Punjab and restriction on delivering of lectures at various Universities is against the Freedom of Speech.alipalh001.jpg

Sindh Human Rights Defenders (SHRD) strongly condemn this act. Mr. Jami Chandio is a great writer, political analyst and erudite scholar from Sindh. The news has come through different paper and electronic media sources that the Federal Interior Ministry has imposed a ban on Mr. Chandio’s entry in Punjab and restrained him from delivering lecturers against ideology of Pakistan. Text of the document has not come to the surface yet but the news is very disturbing for the civil society who admire Mr. Jami Chandio since a very long time. He delivers lectures on history, federalism, democracy, human rights and other socio-political topics and builds capacity of youth, civil society members, journalists and academia.


We believe in freedom of expression and such news of ban on Jami Chandio’s entry into universities in Punjab and hence passing of an act by Federal Interior Ministry on issuing direction to the Sindh Government for taking action against Jami is intimidating common people.


We demand inquiry into this matter and call on the Federal Government to urgently withdraw any ban, if ordered, and thus ensure that Jami Chandio is safe and enjoys complete liberty to exercise his right to freedom of expression.

Human Rights Defenders are legal, legitimate actors in any country, their role in promotion and protection of human rights is appreciated. They assist state in its role of protecting rights.

Ali A Palh

Advocate High Court Sindh




Condemn abusive and threatening attitude of JUI Senator and his attempt to hit Marvi Sirmed

Sindh Human Rights Defenders (SHRD) slams assault by JUI senator on rights activist and columnist Marvi Sirmed during a TV show and calls for an action against the Senator Hafiz Hamdullah.

The JUI senator, Marvi Sirmed and Barrister Masroor and Fayyazul Hassan Chohwan were guest on a show aired by News One TV on Friday where women protection laws, crime against women and the role of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) were being discussed. Senator JUI used abusive language to Marvi Sirmed and assaulted her. This abusive & threatening attitude by a senator against women activists and attempt to thrash her during a TV show is shameful and condemnable. It shows lack of tolerance for difference of opinion and attack on freedom of expression.

We support the demand of civil society that, “The obnoxious language and threatening behavior used by JUI senator for a rights activist was deplorable and unacceptable & must not go unpunished.”  Senator said to Marvi:  “I won’t allow you to speak if you are supporting his words,” shows intolerance for other point of views. Other abusive language and sentence which cannot be repeated here, are strongly condemnable.

JUI senator is infamous for his bad temper and he has already threatened many guests during TV show but unfortunately he is still getting away with it.


Marvi Sirmed has filed an application against the senator and we demand a criminal case be registered before any investigation into the matter is done because threats and abusive language was aired and seen by the nation.  Few days ago the same type of incident happened in the National Assembly of Pakistan, country’s sovereign legislative body, where the sitting government’s senior parliamentarian Khuwaja Asif, who serves as Defence Minister of Pakistan with the additional role as Minister of Water and Power used abusive language against a women MNA and addressed an opposition party’s peer as a “tractor trolley” and said she should work on making her voice more feminine.

Pakistan is party to the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has an obligation to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women and such treatment of women inside Assembly and outside is a disregard of the convention and also violation of Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan talks about equality of all citizens before law and equal protection of law. We endorse the demand made by all activists and lawmakers called for cancellation of membership of Senator Hafiz Humudullah and Minister Khuwaja Asif and call for legal action against them.

Sindh Human Rights Defenders


We appreciate Marvi Sirmed courage and decision of registering FIR against Hafiz Hamdulah, Senator JUI. We appeal police to enforce the law and arrest the accused.


Sindh Human Rights Defenders follow the case.