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South Asian rights activists decry attacks on civil society & media

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December 9th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; In a webinar hosted by SAHR, Prominent rights activists from South Asian countries decry the use of power by state and non-state actors on civil society and press to quell the dissenting voices.

Silent coup against democracy underway in US, fears SAHR

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South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has expressed concern over President Donald Trump’s refusal to accede defeat in the recent presidential elections, fearing the emergence of ‘copycat’ leaders who will now justify their authoritarian and unlawful moves with reference to the United States.

Sri Lanka must cease cremation of Muslims who die of COVID:...

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November 16th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; South Asians for Human Rights has expressed its concern over Sri Lankan authorities insisting on mandatory cremation for Muslims who die of or are suspected to have died of COVID, in violation of Islamic funeral practices.

Coomaraswamy appointed SAHR chief

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Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy has been appointed new chairperson of SAHR along with Dr Roshmi Goswami as its co-chairperson. Munizae Jahangir and Ahmed Rafay Alam are new bureau members from Pakistan.

افغانستان میں امن کے قیام کے لئے تمام خطّے کی انسانی...

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تحریر: حامد ریاض; لاہور; اعلامیے میں پشاور میں آرمی پبلک اسکول پر حملہ، کابل میں زچہ بچہ ہسپتال پر حملہ، سرلنکا میں ایسٹر کے موقح پر چرچوں پر حملہ اور ممبئی پارلیمنٹ پر حملوں کا خصوصی طور پر حوالہ دے کر کہا گیا کہ انتہا پسندی کی آگ نے پورے خطّے کو اپنی لپیٹ میں لے رکھا ہے- اس انتہا پسندی کے خلاف علاقے کی انسانی حقوق کی تنظیموں کو ایک مشترکہ لائحہ عمل تشکیل دینے کی ضرورت ہے-

“Sajid Baloch: In Terra Incognita?”

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March 29, 2020 By Xari Jalil LAHORE When Taj Baloch said goodbye to his friend, he did not know it would be the last time that he...

A rare glimpse into the Kashmir Valley

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During our visit, the Pakistani delegation was told by Kashmiris that Islamabad may not have helped the movement for rights, by supporting militancy and thereby bastardizing the freedom struggle in Kashmir. Yasin Malik accused Pakistan of ditching the Kashmir issue when it suited them to improve relations with India. 

Will Pakistan remain neutral in the US-Iran tensions?

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Pakistan’s dependence on Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have shackled it from taking a clear stance, but the tide may change direction in the long run and Pakistan will have to weigh its current options. If tensions arise further and there is a possibility of war, then it will undoubtedly be a key player in the game.One thing is certain, Soleimani’s murder was a grave mistake which only disrupts world peace and instills fears in the heart of the rest of the world.

The brave heroes of 2019 – Pakistan and India’s students march...

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The students of India have found themselves to be at the forefront of these protests against the Modi government, calling it undemocratic and discriminatory against the Muslims. Young activist and former student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Umar Khalid compares the student protests in both countries and how the demands are similar on both sides of the border because both nations' youth are going through the same perils.

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International Stories

Was there a lone survivor in the Machh incident?

January 9th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed & Asim Ahmad Khan; QUETTA/LAHORE; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A statement by the Afghan Embassy revealed that a person named Rasul had survived the Mach Incident and is currently being held by the Balochistan Police.

‘German sister’ gets top award for work on leprosy

Dr. Chris Schmotzer, has been awarded the top German civil award, Order of Merit, for outstanding contribution to the treatment of leprosy in Pakistan.

APS ATTACK: 6 years on, parents still await justice

“They are gone and can't come back," says one of the parents. "But we will strive till the end of our days to see that they get justice." Most of the parents of the children martyred during APS massacre have not reached any closure even after the passage of six years. The only times where they have an opportunity for empathy, is when they all collect to remember their lost children. It is only them who can understand the depth of the grief that consumes them.