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An ‘Education Lock-Down’

- Story by Haider Kaleem. The Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood justified why the Government must continue its plan to make students attend classes...

Online Classes: A Shot In The Dark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idjjDwEVEA8 - Story by Ahmed Saeed. Like much of the world, Pakistan too has also shut down all educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus...

12 doctors test positive for COVID-19 in Quetta

https://youtu.be/1QuM9kVovNY - Story by Haider Kaleem 12 doctors and 2 paramedics in Balochistan have tested positive for the COVID 19 virus, as the provincial government has not been able to arrange...

زیر حراست قیدیوں کو رہا کرنے پر سپریم کورٹ سندھ ہائی کورٹ پر برہم: قیدیوں کی رہائی کھٹائی میں پڑ گی

آج سپریم کورٹ آف پاکستان میں کورونا وائرس کے پھیلاو کے خطرے کے پیش نظر زیر سماعت قیدیوں کی ضمانت پر رہائی کے لئے درخواست کی سماعت ہی.   چیف جسٹس...

Pakistanis Stranded in Turkey Yearn to Return Home

https://youtu.be/RPkncY90lMA   - Story by Asra Haque. Mohammad Rashid Memon and his family were expecting to return by March 21, 2020. They had all flown to Turkey on March 15 of March...

Heroes of the Capital: Ordinary Pakistanis!

- Story by Ayesha Mir, Islamabad. As novel coronavirus cases grow exponentially across Pakistan, the government is yet to decide whether the federal capital will remain in partial lock down,...

On The Frontlines: Heathcare Providers

  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...

Dismissed petition could have led to prison system overhaul

Staff Report The Asma Jahangir (AGHS) Legal Aid Cell had filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) for court intervention regarding the overpopulation of prisons and the related...

Provinces show seriousness in dealing with prisoners’ release

Staff Report A number of actions taken on Thursday, March 26, showed that the judiciary and the executive were both taking the idea of releasing prisoners seriously in order to...

Quetta residents resist lockdown amidst COVID-19 outbreak

In Balochistan, according to the Ministry of Health, the emergence of 21 new cases in the past 48 hours has raised the province’s tally to 131. 1159 suspected patients...

LHC petition pushes for prisoners’ release

Petitions at IHC, SHC and PHC also seek immediate release of prisoners to contain the virus  Staff Report While human rights’ activists have been pushing the Government to release prisoners in...

Child Sexual Abuse: Civil Society Denounces Inhumane Punishments

In response to rising instances of child sexual abuse in the region, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and the Supreme Court for...

Why was South Korea successful in combating COVID-19?

Currently, the novel coronovirus has spread to 108 countries worldwide. During the initial outbreak, South Korea suffered the most amount of COVID-19 cases, second to China, with a total...

Low-cost COVID-19 testing to be available in Pakistan soon

Professor Muhammad Idrees along with the team of university of Punjab’s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology has claimed to have successfully developed a low-cost kit to test likely...

A throwback to the slogans and posters of Aurat March

LAHORE: A week ago, on International Women's Day, thousands of women across Pakistan poured into the streets under the banner of Aurat March. Women, transgenders and allies rallied together,...

Pak-Afghan border closed amid pandemic, stranding Afghans

CHAMAN: As the dead increase in numbers at the Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan, immigrants stranded on either side are demanding the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan reopen borders so...

کورونا کی دہشت میں اضافہ: حکومت کا غیر ضروری ٹیسٹس نہ کروانے کی اپیل

چین سے شروع ہونے والا کورونا وائرس اب دنیا کے ١٤٥ ممالک میں پھیل چکا ہے پاکستان میں اس وقت ١٣٦ افراد میں  کورونا وائرس کی موجودگی کی تشخیص ہو...

HRCP calls for immediate release of Idris Khattak

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) held a protest in front of the Lahore Press Club on Friday against the enforced disappearance of Idris Khattak.   Khattak, a human...

Case Registered Against 12 for Disrupting Aurat March

The Islamabad Police in Kohsar has registered a case against 12 individuals for disrupting yesterday's Aurat Azaadi March – including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) member Maulana Abdul Majeed Hizravi as...

Despite Threats, Women Marched for their Rights

Imagine being pelted with stones and bricks for merely asking for your fundamental rights. That is what happened to women in Pakistan’s capital city on Sunday. Women across Pakistan from...

Attempt to Restrict Aurat March Thwarted

As the Aurat March approaches, a last petition at the Islamabad High Court is dismissed by the Chief Justice Representatives of a religious group filed an application at the Islamabad...

Stopping Aurat March Unconstitutional, LHC Rules

The Lahore High Court in its verdict today resolved that stopping Aurat March would be a direct violation of several fundamental liberties given to women. The civil miscellaneous application filed...

PFUJ Launches National Movement to Demand Denotification of Social Media Regulations

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has launched a national movement in collaboration with the legal fraternity and civil society organisations to demand the denotification of the social...

All about Ministry of Human Rights’ Protection of Journalists & Media Professionals Bill 2020

Editors for Safety (EfS) has welcomed the Ministry of Human Rights' landmark "Protection of Journalists & Media Professionals Bill 2020", aimed at ensuring the safety and security of journalists....

Javedullah Khan’s Murder Highlights Need for Journalist Protection Laws

On the 25th of February, journalist and politician Javedullah Khan was shot dead in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The father of 2 was also a member of the peace committee...

List of Recommendations and Myth Busters for Protection Against the New Coronavirus – By the World Health Organization (WHO)

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus Wash your hands frequently Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your...

Lacking Child Protection Laws a Human Rights Concern

On Feb 16th, the body of 8 year old Madiha was recovered in Saro Khel village of district Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Medical reports confirmed she had been raped and...

Justice Isa Requests SC to Move Contempt Case Against Those Who Filed Presidential Reference

The Supreme Court has adjourned till Tuesday the hearing on a synopsis submitted by Advocate Munir A. Malik, representing Justice Qazi Faez Isa, challenging the presidential reference filed against...

انسانی حقوق کی پامالی، جی ایس پی پلس سٹیٹس پر تلوار

یورپی یونین نے پاکستان میں ہونےوالی انسانی حقوق کی پامالیوں اور شہری آزادیوں پر قدغنییں لگنے پر سخت تشویش کا اظہار کیا۔  فروری ١٠ کوجنرلائزد سکیم برائے ترجیحات (جی ایس...

PPP, Bar Leaders & Civil Society Call for Repeal of Sedition Law

PPP Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Rights, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, expressed the need to repeal Section 124-A (Sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code. And today,...

Women’s Rights in Pakistan Take a Hard Hit: Woman Denied Police Protection

Violations of women's rights are commonplace in Pakistan, a country which is ranked 6th among the most dangerous countries in the world for women. And in the case of...

Asma Jahangir Memorial & AJCONF 2019 Publication Launch Attended by Prominent Activists, Lawyers

LAHORE: AGHS Legal Aid Cell, with the support of the Pakistan Bar Council and EU Pakistan, held a memorial on 7th Feb 2020 in wake of the 2nd death...

لاہور ہای کورٹ نے وزیرستان سے تعلق رکھنے والے پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے طالبعلم، عالمگیر وزیر کی درخواست ضمانت مسترد کردی

طلبہ یکجہتی مارچ کے بعد کیے جانے والے بغاوت کے مقدمے کا فیصلہ سناتے ہوئے، لاہور ہائی کورٹ نے وزیرستان سے تعلق رکھنے والے پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے طالبعلم، عالمگیر وزیر...

Bail Plea of Islamabad Protesters Rejected: AWP Call for Their Immediate Release

The Awami Workers Party (AWP) held a press conference at 3PM on Thursday at the National Press Club in Islamabad to denounce the arrests of political workers by Kohsar...

Maternity and Paternity Leave Act Passed in Senate despite Government Opposition

This Monday, the Senate passed the Maternity and Paternity Leave Act. While Article 37 (e) of the Constitution ensures maternity benefits for women in employment, there are currently no...

Hooz Noor’s murder is another grim reminder that our children are not safe

On Jan 18, 2020, the body of a seven year old girl was found in Mohallah Pir Sach of Kaka Sahib village, district Nowshera. The girl was reported missing...

Islamabad Bar Association Revokes Controversial Resolution; Abid Saqi, PBC Vice Chairman

Islamabad Bar Association’s (IBA) controversial resolution that aimed to make all members make a declaration of their faith, has now been revoked, voicepk.net has learnt. Vice Chairman of the Pakistan...

Women Banned from Markets to ‘Protect’ them from Harassment – Jirga Rules

Situated 5 kilometers west of Ghallanai, headquarters of the Mohmand tribal district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chanday Bazaar is a popular market with several dozen shops laden with clothes, accessories...

پولیومہم کامیاب ہوتے ہوتے سیاست کا شکار

خیبرپختونخوا میں پانچ سال سے کم عمر 98 بچوں میں پولیو وائرس کی تصدیق ہو گئی۔ انسداد پولیوایمرجنسی آپریشن سنٹرکے اعداد و شمار کےمطابق 2016 میں 8 ، 2017...

Supreme Court Suspends Lahore High Court Order to Release Colonel Inam

The Supreme Court today suspended the Lahore High Court’s orders for the immediate release of Advocate Inam-ur-Rahim, a missing persons lawyers who had made a name for himself for...

Opposition & Government Agree to Give Extension to COAS for 3 Years! PTM, JI, JUI-F Dissent Quashed

ISLAMABAD: It's a rare moment in Pakistan’s politics when the ruling PTI, and PML-N and PPP in the opposition agree on anything let alone come together to pass a...

Mohammed Hanif’s ‘Exploding Mangoes” Confiscated by State Agencies

This afternoon some people claiming to be from the ISI barged into my Urdu publisher Maktaba Daniyal offices, confiscated all copies of Urdu translation of A Case of Exploding...

Col Inam-ur-Rahim Forcibly Disappeared for Violating Official Secrets Act 1923

Colonel Inam-ur-Rahim, a lawyer who had fought cases for families of missing persons and coordinator for the Rawalpindi Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee, had been forcibly disappeared by security...

PML-N Leaders Switch Stance & Join in Agreement with Mainstream Parties on COAS Extension

After refusing to give an extension to Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif during their government, some PML-N leaders seemed all too eager to support legislation giving an...

New Year Starts in Pakistan with an End to Another Young Domestic Helper’s Life

LAHORE: Sana, a 15 year old domestic helper was allegedly tortured and killed by her employer on December 31 in Chung, Lahore. Investigation officer Ejaz Rasool states that police found...

Rana Sanaullah Granted Bail by Lahore High Court

Rana Sanaullah, a senior leader of the PML-N, was granted bail by the Lahore High Court on Dec 22nd in a narcotics case levied against him by the Anti-Narcotics...

Tariq Gidar group of the TTP re-emerge in Darra Adam Khel

A notice from the Tehrik-I-Taliban Pakistan says they have reorganized & regrouped in Darra Adam Khel, South-West of Peshawar. The TTP has warned locals of Darra Adam Khel of dire...

Junaid Hafeez: A victim of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws

Junaid Hafeez, a former visiting lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University, was awarded the death penalty by a court in the Central Jail in Multan on 21st December 2019. He...

The Humanity and Beauty of Kalash

The indigenous Kalash culture is rich with flavour and values humanity above all else. In this exclusive report by Fauzia Kulsoom Rana, watch the utter beauty and essence of...

Pervez Musharraf Given Death Penalty

A special court declared former military dictator General Musharraf guilty of high treason and handed him the death sentence on Dec 17th — a judgement unprecedented in Pakistan's legal...

Writ Petition Filed by Salman Sufi via Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell for Right to Privacy

On the 5th of December, a writ petition was filed and admitted by Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell through the petitioner, Salman Sufi, a social activist. The petition focuses...

Senate Committee on Human Rights lambastes Punjab police for lodging FIR against Iqbal Lala & peaceful student protesters

The Senate Committee on Human Rights held a hearing on the 6th of December on 4 concerns, one of which was the matter of the sedition charges levied against...

Dua Mangi was abducted – the internet blamed her clothes

KARACHI: On the night of Dec 1st, Dua Mangi was kidnapped by armed, unidentified men in DHA Karachi. She was in the company of a male friend, Haris Soomro, in...

DAWN’s Islamabad bureau besieged by unidentified protesters

ISLAMABAD: On Dec 2nd, around 2 dozen protesters gathered outside DAWN’s Islamabad bureau, claiming that DAWN was pushing an “anti-Islam” and “anti-state” narrative. HRCP in a tweet said that...

Students slapped with sedition for marching for their rights

When students across 50 cities in Pakistan marched for their rights, government ministers spoke up in support. And yet, the very next day, marchers as well as teachers, leaders...

Students mobilization continues, but some also fear

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvdu9yg6Mkk   LAHORE: As the students’ solidarity march is set to begin on Friday, a charged atmosphere engulfs the campuses. Students in FC College and LUMS aired their views openly, but in...

The Forced Disappearance of Human Rights Activist, Idris Khattak

On 13th November, 56 year old human rights activist, Idris Khattak was forcibly disappeared in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Khattak had tirelessly worked on enforced disappearances in Pakistan and he was...

Learning English at a Madresssah

Sarim Raza, an undergrad student of LUMS, has set up the Riayat Community Center at the Tajweed Al-Quran, a madressah in Gohawa Village run by Nafeesa Baji. From toddlers...

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Authorities Slammed over Actions (in Aid of Civil Power) Ordinance 2019

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has promulgated an ordinance extending certain powers of the armed forces, which were available in erstwhile FATA and PATA, while acting in aid of civil...

Kalpana Devi’s Struggle Against all Odds to End Forced Conversions of Hindu Girls in Pakistan

Additional Advocate General of Sindh High Court Kalpana Devi is a politician from Larkana and an official member of the PPP. She was banned by her own Hindu Panchayat...

Sikhs pilgrims hope they will be allowed to visit other holy sites soon

Kartarpur, Punjab (Pakistan): The Kartarpur Corridor - connecting Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India and the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan, is now open for Sikh pilgrims. It's...

JOURNALISTS TAP TO THE DREAM FOR CHANGE

Strasbourg, France: The World Forum for Democracy was conducted from the 6th to the 8th of November this year at the Council of Europe. Journalists, activists and aspiring students,...

Woman Publicly Assaulted Under Orders of Feudal Landlord

FAISALABAD: A video of a woman being beaten in public by hooligans armed with sticks surfaced on the 5th of November 2019 on social media. Individuals can be heard...

Minor Girl Raped by Imam in Sindh

SINDH: On the 28th of October 2019, an eleven year old girl was raped within the walls of a mosque in Pano Akil, Sukkur. The perpetrator, Shafqat Samejo, was...

The Supreme Court Bar Association Elections and the Role of Female Advocates

The Supreme Court Bar Elections concluded today with a landslide victory to the Asma Group candidate, Qalb-I-Hassan, as the current president of the SCBA. The Asma Group (formally known...

Why the Upcoming Supreme Court Bar Elections are Significant

The Supreme Court Bar Elections 2019 will be held tomorrow on the 31st of October. Supreme Court advocates from across the country will vote for 22 seats. Lahore consists...

JUI-F Reprimanded for “No Women” Policy for Azadi March

As Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman's Azadi March approaches Islamabad, the authorities tighten their noose around JUI-F's leadership. Is Freedom of Association only for JUI-F Workers? JUI-F’s Mufti Kifayatullah was arrested during a raid...

ART INSTALLATION IN KARACHI FORCIBLY SHUT DOWN BY UNIDENTIFIED MEN

‘The Killing Fields of Karachi’, an art installation by Adeela Suleiman at the Karachi Biennale 2019 was forcibly shut down on 27th of October 2019. On Sunday morning, men in...

BONDED LABOR

AGHS has successfully represented bonded labourer cases in the reporting period. One such case is of Irshad Hussein a bonded labourer at a brick-kiln. His employer fraudulently got his...

PROLONGED INCARCERATION

In several cases of prolonged incarceration AGHS through its prison project provided legal services and had three women released and exonerated of all charges. These women had no hope...

KANEEZ FATIMA

Kaneez Fatima, a mother of four children failed to recover her children in the Sessions Court Lahore in her first Habeas Petition, where she was instructed to go to...

KAUSAR BIBI

In another case, a mother of four children reported to AGHS that her children were taken away illegally from her, including a minor girl. The eldest daughter said that...

SHAMA PARVEEN

A case was reported to AGHS by the victim Shama Parveen, a young woman aged 21. She was hired as a domestic servant in the house of an influential...

Rabia Rustam

Rabia Rustam, a minor girl, working as a domestic worker in a household was raped and otherwise physically abused at the hands of her employer Atta Ullah....