Category Archives: Human Rights

Don’t Block wichaar.com

“Everyone has right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” – Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Report by: Dr. Manzur Ejaz, USA
Email: manzurejaz@yahoo.com
Wichaar is facing a serious problem in Pakistan. It is randomly blocked and then unblocked. We have not yet determined if the authorities are giving us warning signals or it is a technical problem.
When Wichaar gets blocked in Pakistan it is fine everywhere else. We have checked with the service provider in the US and they say it is not related to them. We have tried to check in Pakistan service providers and they have no clues. So, we yet don’t know if the authorities are playing games with us or something else. We will keep you posted. If you know anything about it please inform/advise us at whichaar@gmail.com
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Israeli bombing, Hamas and Gaza

by Tarek Fatah

… As Palestinans die, we all suffer, but at some stage one has to ask, what have been doing wrong that even after 60 years we do not see anyhting other than sloganeering and suffering of common people. And now we hear the dead Hamas leader died alongisde two of his four wives. Is this how national liberation movement have been led anywhere else? Four wives?

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The government shows disinterest in the case of eight women and four children being held hostage by the police

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: The government shows disinterest or impotence in the case of eight women and four children being held hostage by the police

Policemen in Sindh province have yet to release eight women and four children who were arrested on the night of November 24, 2008, without charge, and taken away in police vans. (http://www.ahrchk.net/statements/mainfile.php/2008statements/1785/) Higher police officers are currently using them as bartering tools, to force relatives to hand over a suspected bandit, Haji Wakeel, who may be holding another man, Dr. Abdul Jaleel Bachani, hostage. Their detention is entirely illegal and unconstitutional.

Protestors across Sindh province, including in Hyderabad city, have held demonstrations demanding the release of those taken, and the arrest of the police officials involved. (Please see AHRC-UAC-258-2008)

.. The situation in Sindh province is getting worse day by day. To get ahead, gangsters need only look to the example set for them by the police. The provincial government, worried about its grip on power, plays into the hands of the police heads, and as a result, the province is practically lawless. Between December 1 and 3 this year, for example, more than 50 persons were abducted and killed in Karachi, the capital; they were either burned alive abducted, or resurfaced as corpses bearing severe torture marks. A number of these crimes have been linked to coalition partners in the government.

The Asian Human Rights Commission urges the government to immediately release the women and children, and provide redress for their ordeal. The AHRC also urges upon the government to take legal action against all police officers who are involved in the heinous kind of crime.

AHRC-STM-307-2008, December 4, 2008

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai is an act of cowardice

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

INDIA: Terrorist attacks in Mumbai is an act of cowardice

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the violent attacks unleashed in Mumbai by an underground armed group calling itself the Deccan Mujahudeen. As reports come in, an estimated 107 innocent persons have lost their lives and more than 300 persons injured in the incident. More than 200 persons are currently being held hostage by this armed group. The attack has prompted the government to impose curfew in many parts of Mumbai, which is also the financial hub of the country.

The pattern of attacks on soft targets, like innocent persons in a railway station, three hospitals, at least three hotels, other public spaces and government establishments like the police headquarters shows the military-style coordination of the assailants and their absolute disregard of human life.

The fact that most of the assailants are relatively young is alarming. It is of particular relevance given the fact that several terrorist recruitment cells were reported be operative throughout the country. The topography of the city, the widespread and simultaneous nature of the attack with high level of coordination and the sophisticated weapons reportedly being used by the assailants suggests the possibility of a large-scale preparation prior to the attack.

While world leaders have condemned the ongoing terrorist attack, the terrorists through their actions have made it clear that they have nothing in common with Islam, the religion they claim to represent or defend.

It is reported that the Indian authorities have taken steps to contain the ongoing violence and to end the hostage situation. It is reported that in at least two hotels, the Obroi Trident and the Taj, the terrorists are holding hostages.

Mumbai and several other cities in India have been subjected to similar attacks by underground forces in the past. On 11 July 2006, 147 persons were killed and an estimated 439 persons injured in Mumbai when bombs planted in suburban trains went off. On October 30 this year, 62 persons were killed and an estimated 300 persons were injured after 12 high-intensity bombs went off in Kokrajhar, Barpeta Road and Bongaigaon – three towns in the state of Assam.

A hundred persons were injured and 20 killed when five bombs went off in busy market places in the national capital New Delhi on September 13 this year. Forty persons were killed and over 100 persons were injured in bomb explosions that rocked Ahmedabad in Gujarat state on 26 July. Sixty persons were killed and 150 injured when 10 bombs went off in Jaipur in Rajasthan state on 13 May 2008. Most of those who lost their lives or were injured in all these incidents, like many other terrorist attacks across the world, were innocent civilians.

Violence against innocent persons is an act of cowardice. Loss of human life can never be an excuse for the propagation of an ideology or conviction. Those who resort to murder and violence as a means of communication rule out the possibility of a peaceful space to settle disputes and are a threat to democracy and its norms. Violence is only a crude tool for societal fragmentation. The assailants who murdered innocent civilians in India in this incident and those in the past have only increased the unwarranted divides among religious groups in the country.

The AHRC iterates that it condemns the violence and wishes to express its concern for those who have lost their dear ones and have been injured in this incident. It also calls upon the authorities in India to ensure that all possible measures are taken so that the least damage is caused in putting an end to the violence.

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

AHRC-STM-300-2008, November 27, 2008

A girl who committed suicide over the continued detention of her parents in India

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEAL- Case: AHRC-UAC-247-2008

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5 November 2008
PAKISTAN/INDIA: Petition for a girl who committed suicide over the continued detention of her parents in India

*The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has obtained information that a girl whose parents have been detained in India committed suicide on November 3, 2008 due to the hardship of taking care of her sisters.

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Pakistan: Violence against women & children in the Month of September and October 2008

Report by Ali Palh, Sri Lanka
Ali Palh, Masters in Human Rights from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, heads district field Office of Nonviolent Peace force, Sri Lanka in the Island. Email: nomipalh@yahoo.com, apalh@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Women in our society are killed like hens…. says a journalist in Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan

….Country’s constitution promises protection to women, a country which is member of Human Rights Council, a country which has ratified CEDAW… and a country…

Killings of Women in the name of Honor and other incidents of violence against women reported in the Month of September and October in Media
Rahim Baskh Mugeri who murdered his newly born son just after half an hour of his birth on suspicions that he was an illicit child (Reported in Newspapers)

Near Pir Goth (Village) Tasleema was murdered in the name of Honor. According to the reports, the interior motive behind the murder was ‘Property’. Reports further says that both her husband namely Ibrahim and his father-in-law Zamir throw her in front of mad dogs first and later killed her with gun-shots. (Reported in Newspapers)

1. Near Dera Murad Jamali, in Nasirabad, balouchistan, two women were buried alive. This issue flashed out in both federal and international media.

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HOW MULTICULTURALISM BENEFIT US?

Cultural diversity means that the population is drawn from many cultural  backgrounds, representing a wide range of beliefs and traditions. Multiculturalism ensures that all citizens can keep their cultural identies, take pride in their ancestry. Canada’s experience with diversity has taught us to accept and respect different views. This has made Canada an effective international mediator. With so much violence in the world fuelled by racial, religious, and ethnic intolerance, Canada is regularly asked for advice and help with conflit resolution and human rights.

Canada stands as a proof that it is possible for the world’s many races, religions, and cultures to live together and Canada showes the world that different people can accept and respect one another.

Should we or could we resist the elements that are hijacking Pakistani society and imposing their beliefs forcibly?

DAWN Editorial says Religious Sectarianism is Eating away Pakistan’s Foundations

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia

The hard-hitting editorial in today’s DAWN newspaper points out how religious sectarianism is degenerating Pakistani society. So much so, that few dare to question large religious groups who have or in in the process of imposing their values on smaller groups. Even the famous and otherwise known as courageous icons of the society stand meekly and shy away from criticizing larger militant groups.

Should we or could we resist the elements that are hijacking Pakistani society and imposing their beliefs forcibly?

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DUBAI: We need slaves to build monuments’- by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

 

‘We need slaves to build monuments’

 

By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

 

It is already home to the world’s glitziest buildings, man-made islands and mega-malls – now Dubai plans to build the tallest tower. But behind the dizzying construction boom is an army of migrant labourers lured into a life of squalor and exploitation. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports
The sun is setting and its dying rays cast triangles of light on to the bodies of the Indian workers. Two are washing themselves, scooping water from tubs in a small yard next to the labour camp’s toilets. Others queue for their turn. One man stands stamping his feet in a bucket, turned into a human washing machine. The heat is suffocating and the sandy wind whips our faces. The sprinkles of water from men drying their clothes fall like welcome summer rain.

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True face of police in India

Report by: Indur Chhugani, India

The reporter can be reached at: trustplead@gmail.com

“The girl revealed that he had taken her out earlier and tried to molest her. He had threatened her with a false case against the family if she informed anyone,” the police officer added. The victim’s medical test has confirmed rape. The police has registered a case against the accused, but no arrests have been made so far. AGENCIES

 Full details at http://www.Roguepolice.com/upcop.htm

Henry Burbridge of International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, ICRD

Report by: Iqbal Tareen, USA

We have invited Henry Burbridge of Washington, DC based Group called International Center for Religion and Diplomacy to share their global efforts especially their on-going initiative of inspiring greater adherence to the principles of tolerance and human rights in madrasas in Pakistan.

I have included brief introduction and some of the accomplishments of ICRD for your benefit.

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PAKISTAN: No action taken against Geo TV presenter who incited Muslims to murder members of Pakistan minority on air

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AHRC-STM-2 44 -2008, September 18, 2008 
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission 
PAKISTAN : No action taken against Geo TV presenter who incited Muslims to murder members of :country-regionPaki stan minority on air. 
The government of Pakistan has not held the presenter of a popular TV program on Geo TV, accountable for stoking the already-prevalent religious hatred of Pakistan ‘s beleaguered Ahmadi minority, on 7 September, 2008. 

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DR. AAFIA’S CASE: GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN VIOLATES BOTH NATIONAL AND INETRNATIONAL LAW

Ali Palh

Writer is Masters in Human Rights from Office of Human Rights and Social Development (OHRSD), working as Head of District Office, with   NonviolentPeaceforce, Sri Lanka.

apalh@nonviolentpeaceforce.org, nomipalh@yahoo.com

 

(What national and international standards and mechanisms protects Pakistani doctor)

 

Once read somewhere that an Ambassador of a country, based at Islamabad, commented for Pakistanis in this way:

 

“Price of a Pakistani oscillates between a bottle of whisky and a trip to United States; which has now been further degenerated into a trip to United Kingdom and a bottle of Pakistani gin.”

 

I remembered above words again when I was asked a question by one of my friends from Nigeria, during a dinner party at Colombo, Sri Lanka that how much time, you Pakistani people will take in delivering Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan to United States, if US increases few dollars in your annual aid?

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PAKISTAN/USA: Dr. Afia’s health

8 August 2008

[RE: AHRC-UAC-167-2008: PAKISTAN/USA: A lady doctor remains missing with her three children five years after her arrest]
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PAKISTAN/USA: Dr. Afia’s health is in serious condition and two of her children remain missing

ISSUES: Disappearance; rape; violence against women; torture; right to liberty and security; arbitrary arrest and detention; right to health

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that due to a bullet wound and removal of one kidney, Dr. Afia Siddiqui health is in a serious condition, but no medical assistance has been provided to her whilst she has been in American custody in New York.

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