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Violence against women

Posted: June 25, 2016 in News and Views

Today 4,Aug 2016 violence against women report

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4th January is remembered as one of the darkest days of Pakistan history when a daring, decent, liberal, honest politicians and the serving governor of punjab was shot dead by his own police guard, who belonged to a islamic group. Taseer was killed by his guard because the guard did not agree with what Taseer said and believed. Taseer beleived in freedom of expression, freedom of religion, equality of citizens, co-existence of citizens professing different religions. This is what supreme law of Pakistan, constitution of the country says in its article 25, 9 and others that all citizens are equal and they deserve equal protection of law. No one will be discriminated against on the ground of his/her color, caste, creed or other ground. This is what Islam teaches us. Taseer was the true practitioner of Pakistani constitution, who stood not only for the protection of rights of religious minorities but for the rights of silenced and unarmed majority whose right to freedom of expression and other rights are in danger.

Taseer stood against the law which has not only made religious minorities into insecurity, fear and terror but also now every dissenting voice is under threat from these laws and extremism. On 5th January 2011 we lost Salman Taseer, a bold, decent, honest, liberal politicians who stood for our rights and liberty. Today is 31st May, birthday of Taseer whom we miss a lot- we all who call ourselves moderate, liberal, civilized citizens of Pakistan say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TASEER and remember him as an UNAFRAID AND UNBOWED leader of Pakistan. Our thoughts with his family and prayers for the departed soul. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SALMAN TASEER

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Man of Courage and Forgiveness- Nelson Mandela

Mitch McConnell

“Elaine and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a man whose skillful guidance of South Africa following the end of the Apartheid regime made him one of the great statesmen of our time and a global symbol of reconciliation. ‘Madiba’s’ patience through imprisonment and insistence on unity over vengeance in the delicate period in which he served stand as a permanent reminder to the world of the value of perseverance and the positive influence one good man or woman can have over the course of human affairs. The world mourns this great leader. May his passing lead to a deeper commitment to reconciliation around the world.”

John Boehner

Nelson Mandela was an unrelenting voice for democracy and his ‘long walk to freedom’ showed an enduring faith in God and respect for human dignity. His perseverance in fighting the apartheid system will continue to inspire future generations. Mandela led his countrymen through times of epic change with a quiet moral authority that directed his own path from prisoner to president. He passes this world as a champion of peace and racial harmony. I send condolences to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa.”

Nancy Pelosi

“With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the world has lost a leader who advanced the cause of equality and human rights, who overcame a history of oppression in South Africa to expand the reach of freedom worldwide. He led the campaign to defeat apartheid through non-violence, peace, and dialogue. He never allowed resentment to drive him away from the path of reconciliation. He emerged from prison to set free an entire nation; he shed the bonds of slave labor to reshape the fate of his people.

“Nelson Mandela once said that ‘courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.’ His life is the affirmation of this statement: a story of courage, a triumph over fear, a whole-hearted faith in the power, promise, and possibility of the human spirit. He inspired the world with his strength and perseverance, with his message of hope and his embrace of freedom. He left us a legacy of love and partnership.

“May the life of Nelson Mandela long stand as the ultimate tribute to the triumph of hope. May his story long remind us to always look forward with optimism to the future. May it be a comfort to his family, to his friends and loved ones, to the people of South Africa that so many mourn the loss of this extraordinary man and incredible leader at this sad time.”

George W. Bush

“Laura and I join the people of South Africa and the world in celebrating the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. President Mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. He bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example. This good man will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever. Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathy to President Mandela’s family and to the citizens of the nation he loved.”

Bill Clinton

“I will never forget my friend Madiba,” Clinton tweeted, with this photo of himself and Mandela.

Joe Biden

“First his courage and then his forgiveness inspired us all, and challenged us to do better. In the words of the South African poet Peter Horn, he ‘dreamed the world another way.'”

Barack Obama

“We have lost one of the most influential, courageous & profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with.”

Ed Royce

“The world has lost a humble, courageous and generous man. One of democracy’s strongest champions, Nelson Mandela selflessly served South Africa. His vision and lack of vindictiveness was amazing, and brought South Africans through a very difficult transition, which could have gone in a very different, violent direction. Most impressively, he elected to serve a single presidential term, turning over power he assuredly could have kept. When others remained silent, Mandela spoke out against Mugabe’s tyranny in neighboring Zimbabwe. His message of reconciliation must endure.”

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/

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We feel proud to share this good news that outstanding Sri Lanka human rights activist JC Weliamuna has been awarded with Citizen’s Peace Award. For this, we congratulate JC Weliamuna himself, his wife, children, friends, civil society, legal fraternity and Sri Lankan public. JC Weliamuna, is one of the prominent human rights activists who is known as a person of courage stand up for the rights of the citizens. He stood for the protection of human rights in very hard times during the War in May 2009. When we ask Weliamuna who is a very simple, humble and brave person why does he stand for human rights? He says, he just follows his conscience, he considers human rights as one of the values of the society which should be defended at any cost and this has been taught to him by his mentor and parents.

I know Weliamuna since I was working in Sri Lanka in 2007. Weliamuna was a sign of encouragement and determination for Sri Lankans. Welia stood for human rights in days when there was War in Sri Lanka and most of the human rights defenders were under serious threat. The level of threat to Weliamuna reached to serious level and grenades were thrown in his house. At that time, I witnessed people’s love and civil society’s solidarity with this brave lawyer when legal fraternity and civil society came in streets to condemn attack on Welia’s house. JC Weliamuna’s house was attacked with grenades because he had raised critical human rights.

We appreciate the decision of the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka for honouring JC Weliamuna for his outstanding human rights work. We also congratulate other human rights defenders in Colombo and other parts of the country who have always shown great courage and commitment for the promotion and protection of human rights and assure them that we always stand with you and appreciate the good work you are doing in very difficult circumstances. We also hope NPC will reward the work of other human rights defenders working in the remote and excluded areas of Sri Lanka.
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Today we also miss Sunila Abeysekera, a fearless and celebrated Sri Lankan human rights defender who died of cancer two weeks ago. We appreciate your work and miss you Sunila.

The Citizen’s Peace Award is given yearly by the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka to honour an outstanding individual for exceptional demonstrated courage and consistency, working in hostile conditions, to promote peace in a spirit of sacrifice.

Trip to Japan
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The first few things which I wanted to visit during my Tokyo trip included prisons, police, courts and justice institutions. This is building of ministry of Justice in Tokyo where our lawyer friend Mamba took us. I don’t agree with those who see and seek justice in buildings but i do consider infrastructure is important for meeting the needs of the society when justice is done. A beautiful building of justice shows nations’ commitment with the justice and rule of law.

A just court under a tree is much better than an unjust court in a beautiful tallest building.

In Japan, particularly in Tokyo, i saw both infrastructure and enforcement of law through justice ministry. It was because of conscience of the nation, i think. Japanese people are law abiding by birth, they learn compliance of law in their families. So most of the Japanese have courts within (my personal opinion). They care about environment, resources, people and time. Thats to me is justice. They have just conscience. Mahatma Gandhi said: There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts. And my Japanese freinds, you have that court inside you.

And there i remembered my beloved country Pakistan and the famous quote:

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

Yes, Pakistan which is either in war or war situation. Everyone of us is client of security. Human rights are violated on daily basis. Rich buy justice while poor are victim of those who are supposed to dispense justice. I have learned a same definition of justice from different nations including Japanese that “Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns.”

Thanks God we were blessed with the presence of Kazuhi Kanai. She studied in Boston College and we talked a lot about our stay there. We missed Davis Square Boston together and made a wish at Meiji Shrine to visit Boston again. Yes, Meiji Shrine which is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meji and his wife Empress Shoken. Meiji Shrine is located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square-meters (about 175 acres).
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There was a section where everyone was making wishes. One wish was “Wish I had a healthy baby. Another wish was “Wish we had peace in the world. There were lot of wishes made by the people and people there were saying Meiji help fulfill wishes. I also made a wish and hope it will be fulfilled with the grace of God.

During visit of Meiji Shrine, i really felt peace. A peace which a person feels in the lap of mother. A peace a person feels in the cradle. A peace a person feels in the arms of beloved.

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I liked the gate of the shrine which at the face of the forest was making an avenue.
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After shrine Kazuhi took us to ONE DOLLAR market in Shabuya where we saw how chinese made things have flooded Japanese market. During market visit myself and Kazuhi were craving for coffee and Imran Laghari, my Pakistani freind,was thinking of juice. So myself and Kazuhi walked to the Starbuck while Laghari had a juice from the nearby 7/11.
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During the trip, Kazuhi was learning urdu and Sindhi lanaguage from us and reciprocating with japanese.

To be continued…….

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Posted: June 25, 2013 in News and Views

1. Khanpur, an old woman is more vulnerable than a woman. Eight months ago son was murdered but still she could not get justice.

2. Two girls/sisters 14 years Fatima and 8 years Fatima burried under debri of a wall fell down.

3. JIrga fined a couple, married by choice. They had to pay 1.4 million PKR as a fine to exercise their right to choice of marriage guaranted by the Constitution of Pakistan.