Voicepk.net is an open platform which is dedicated to broadcasting events related to human rights concerns within Pakistan and the rest of the world. We aim to report and spread awareness about stories from the prism of human rights to help protect the rights of women, children and minorities. Our goal is to help strengthen the justice system by encouraging freedom of expression and belief. The second Asma Jahangir Conference 2019 – Roadmap for Human Rights is a conscious effort by us and our parent company, AGHS Legal Aid Cell, to help turn resolutions emanating from the conference into a social media poll and generate a debate to assess public opinion on matters of human rights violations. Our platform features short video clips related to issues capturing the challenges identified by the participants in each session of the conference and throughout the year we will advocate with current affairs shows on mainstream media to debate issues highlighted during AJCONF. By creating public service messages to protect the rights of women, children and minorities, voicepk.net will serve as the voice of the voiceless and reach a wider audience through its various social media platforms.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
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.