Voicepk.net is Pakistan ‘s first digital media platform dedicated to investigating, reporting & broadcasting human rights and legal issues in Pakistan . With a network of over 20 correspondents from across Pakistan Voicepk reports from the remotest areas of Pakistan ( from the tribal belt in KP to far flung areas of balochistan ) on extra judicial killings, violence against women, children , minorities & marginalized groups, enforced disappearances & the subjugation of free speech . Together with its parent organization Asma Jahangir Legal aid cell voicepk.net has reached out to victims of violence to provide them with free legal aid & has highlighted their plight, advocating with policy makers for change & demanding protection for the victims, so that they can pursue their legal cases without intimidation . It’s a dynamic platform available on Facebook , Instagram , twitter and YouTube which also educates women about their legal rights . It began as the official social media platform for the Asma Jahangir conference , disseminating content generated from the sessions and has evolved into the only rights platform where people & politicians can speak about their fundamental rights without being censored , in an increasingly shrinking space for the media . As mainstream media is forced to block out voices of civil society , voicepk highlights them & advocates for emancipation of women & fundamental rights for all .One of the reports of Voicepk that received a lot of international attention was of a young woman Aimen who was killed for honour with her new born baby, it was aired on all mainstream channels of Pakistan & Gulf News.Through Voicepk the Asma Jahangir legal aid cell provided her husband with legal aid to pursue the case. The report was noticed by Parliamentary secretary for law and justice who assured the victim that the new born will be represented by the state in court. The matter of not allowing mercy in cases of murder of women was put forward by Voicepk and became a talking point in the National Assembly, generating a debate on tv .In under a year voicepk is now followed by policy makers including the UNHCR , CPJ , Amnesty international and HRW and policy makers in Pakistan . Voicepk regularly coordinates with the office of the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights to connect them with activists languishing in jails , families of missing persons & journalists facing sedition charges . Voicepk also brings out a daily bulletin on all human rights abuses & a round up bulletin of COVID related news each day .Voicepk.net is run by a group of young investigative journalist and has an imminent board of lawyers activists and experienced journalists like Ahmed Rashid.
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AGHS LEGAL AID CELL
AGHS Legal Aid Cell was co-founded by Asma Jahangir in 1980 to provide free legal representation for vulnerable women, children, bonded labourers, people in prison and religious minorities. It is now the leading law firm in constitutional and family law related legal work. The fundamental principles of AGHS policy are essentially concerned with strengthening respect for human rights through providing free legal representation and by building a stronger constituency of activists, mainly women to challenge non-discrimination, violence and threats against the vulnerable. AGHS highlights violations of human rights and provides free legal representation to end impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations. AGHS is celebrated for its quality service in legal aid. The firm was the first to raise the issue of women and girls being killed for honour. AGHS has taken up impressive cases to defend those accused of blasphemy, constitutional petitions to challenge military courts, cases for the protection of those who are tortured or kept under arbitrary detention as well represented the families of those who disappeared. It has won a number of landmark cases in promotion and protection of human rights. AGHS has a wide impact despite limited financial and human resource at its disposal because the organisation is committed to raise the level of awareness on human rights issues and has succeeded in doing so in many respects. Some of AGHS’s Board members and staff have been physically attacked, held hostage, threatened and vilified for promoting women and minority rights. AGHS has been at the forefront of the women’s movement and played a decisive role through street protests against General Zia ul Haq’s anti women and minorities legislation, the Hudood Ordinances and Law of Evidence. AGHS is an active supporter of the Women’s Action Forum since 1983, and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) was set up at the AGHS office. South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) was also proposed and initially setup by AGHS, who hosted its Secretariat for six years. AGHS networks with jail and court administrators to sensitize the police, judiciary and prison officers to human rights.