WORKERS' RIGHTS

“Our children go to bed hungry”- Workers’ hold protest in Lahore

November 8th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Hundreds of workers held a protest march against rising unemployment & inflation and worker's rights violations. The marchers demanded justice for Ashfaq Langriyal, a protesting farmer who died at the hands of the Lahore police, early this week.

Farmer dies after police charge on protestors

November 5th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Ashfaq Langriyal, a protesting farmer, beaten, tear-gassed & sprayed with chemical-laden water has died while under treatment at Lahore's Jinnah Hospital, today. Farmers claim that the hospital is delaying the release of the body of the deceased.

Police brutalizes farmers peacefully protesting in Lahore

November 4th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Farmers from across Punjab gathered near Thokar Niaz Baig Lahore to demand an increase in the support price of Wheat to at least Rs2000 per 40Kg but were met with waves of intense repression by the Lahore police.

Workers decry unplanned closure of brick kilns

November 3rd, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Today, hundreds of Kiln Workers staged a protest against the government's decision to shut down brick kilns from Nov 8th. Per the worker’s while, kiln owners have been given subsidies & Tax Breaks, no such provision has been made for the workers.

Toiling coal miners have no safety regulations

October 20th, 2020; By Umar Bacha; SHANGLA; With the growing demand for fuel in winters, coal miners looking to make a living risk life and limb to toil in dangerous conditions, while the government turns a blind eye.

Lady Health Workers conclude seven day sit-in after successful negotiations

October 20th, 2020, By Ayesha Mir; LAHORE; Braving the cold, sans any food and water, Lady Health Workers have finally ended their seven-day long protest at D-Chowk after the federal government finally capitulated to their demands.

Government employees and labor unions hold joint protest against government

October 15th, 2020; Anas Malik & Asra Haque; ISLAMABAD; All Pakistan Clerks Association, Lady Health Workers Union, govt employees & pensioners held a joint protest against the govt's anti-worker policies.

‘This place will never be safe for us: Killing of lady health worker sparks fury and disillusionment

September 23rd, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; PTM, North Waziristan, held a protest today demanding Justice For Nahida, a female healthcare worker who was shot & killed on her way back from work, 2 days ago. Her death has raised concerns about the Security of Polio workers operating in KPK, under the recently launched "Polio Eradication Drive"

Stressed Healthcare Workers Resort To Hunger Strike

Healthcare workers in Pakistan are getting increasingly restless with their situation: ever since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the country, they have been repeatedly asking for Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), but to no avail. On April ...

On The Frontlines: Sanitary Workers

With the lockdown, people have been pushed back inside their homes. No one wants to risk being outdoors, for fear of contracting the Coronavirus. Yet the heroes who battle it out everyday, outside the comfort of their homes, outside the bounds of safety are none others than our heroes – doctors, sanitary workers, journalists, the police. All of them are risking their lives every day, only in order to protect the public from the deadly disease in the air. Voicepk.net pays tribute to these people, as everyday they are ON THE FRONTLINES.

Women’s Right to Inheritance: Patriarchy still a hindrance

January 17, 2020 By Ahmed Saeed LAHORE When Rang Elahi – a landlord based in Lahore passed away in June 1990 - it was discovered that he had not made any will...

Pakistan’s “Sewper Heroes” – How sanitary workers fight back against prejudice

In Pakistan’s social and economic fabric, sanitation workers are in the worst of circumstances. They are not recognized as formal labour, and the pay scale is meagre – barely making ends meet – for a job that carries serious health concerns.

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Bonded Labour in Pakistan

The grind is the same during the summer months. Calluses and scars have marked the workers’ bodies, but there is no stopping. At least a thousand bricks a day must be made or the quota will not be met.

Children of the kiln

Whether it is the scorching heat of the summer sun, or the bitter cold of the winter dawn, even those who are as young as eight or ten years old  must help make bricks so that the family gets enough daily wages.

COVID Watch | 3rd December 2020

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10 doctors succumb to COVID-19 in past 5 days, six of whom breathed their last on November 29. The Pakistan Medical Association revealed that so far 18 doctors have fallen victim to the novel coronavirus disease in the second wave.
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Rights Watch | 3rd December 2020

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Sindh High Court orders simplified SOP for investigative practices in rape and assault cases. While the Supreme Court had earlier called for reforms in existing investigation methods for sex crimes, the order has yet to be implemented.
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Rights Watch | 2nd December 2020

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Is Nawaz’s battle cry for salvation or civilian supremacy

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October 17th, 2020; By Munizae Jahangir; LAHORE; In an unprecedented first, Punjab’s most popular leader called out a sitting army head, Qamar Bajwa & ISI Chief General Faiz on meddling in politics, kidnapping journalists, & pressurizing the judiciary

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A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

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November 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Nisha Rao transwomen in her late 20s shot to fame when she became the first most successful practicing transgender lawyer in the country. We sat down with Nisha for a candid conversation about her experiences in the legal profession.

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