Zainab Zeeshan Malik

  • 2016 is ending on a high note for the women of Pakistan. The contribution of Pakistani women leaders to peace, conflict prevention and human rights received resounding recognition in various parts of the world through accolades including the Chirac Prize, Franco-German Human Rights Prize and the ...

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  • Recently UN Women launched its #BeatMe campaign to coincide with the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence which run from 25 November to 10 December. The Campaign appears to be centered on a video, launched on social media, that features prominent women who have excelled in ...

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  • On 17 November 2016, the Sindh Assembly enacted a law establishing a provincial commission tasked with the “promotion and protection of rights of minorities”. Titled the Sindh Minority Rights Commission, the statutory body has been granted a broad spectrum of powers of fact-finding, ...

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  • Last week, the National Assembly of Pakistan considered a bill seeking to introduce a quota for the appointment of women judges in the Islamabad High Court. Introduced by Nikhat Shakeel Khan of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the “Islamabad High Court Act (Amendment) Bill, 2016” ...

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  • Yesterday, Supreme Court of Pakistan set a landmark precedent in its human rights jurisprudence. In a ground breaking decision the Court decided to open up a review in a previous decision refusing to suspend the execution of condemned prisoner Imdad Ali on grounds of his mental illness. Imdad Ali ...

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  • On 24-25 May, the Government of Pakistan was reviewed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, regarding its implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 1990, Pakistan became the sixth country in the world to ratify the UN Convention following its adoption by ...

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  • On 10th June 2015, Aftab Bahadur was executed after spending 22 years on death row in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. Bahadur, a Christian man, entered the formidable walls of his death row cell at the age of 15 and left only when he walked to the gallows at the age of 39. He was working as an ...

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  • Over the past two years the Government of Pakistan (GOP) has taken several steps that clearly reflect its lack of commitment to honouring its human rights obligations under international law and the Constitution. The current government demonstrated its lack of prioritisation of human rights issues ...

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  • Under the Constitution of Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan (GOP) has a right to not only uphold the fundamental rights and protect the lives of its citizens in Pakistan but also those outside its geographical boundaries. Unfortunately, however, the GOP has repeatedly failed to extend ...

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  • On December 14, it will be a whole year since Pakistan lifted its four year moratorium on the death penalty. In a short period of 11 months, the Government of Pakistan has executed more than 311 of its population on death row and gained international infamy as the third amongst the top executioners ...

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  • “In Pakistan there is justice only for Muslims, justice is denied Hindus. Kill me here, now, in court. But do not send me back to the Darul-Aman ... kill me“ Rinkle Kumari’s impassioned plea rang through the halls of the Supreme Court in March 2012. Kidnapped by the local mafia of ...

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  • Based on a survey conducted by Transparency International, the police is perceived as the most corrupt public institution in Pakistan. Operating in the absence of any independent oversight, the police acts as a militia for the highest bidder- routinely torturing and arbitrarily detaining civilians ...

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  • The women’s rights movement in Pakistan has much to be proud of in effecting legislative reform criminalising Violence against Women over the last ten years. The Protection of Women (Criminal Law Amendment) Act, 2006 was a milestone in women’s rights advocacy. The offences of rape and ...

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  • In many ways Abdul Basit’s story is a tale of Pakistan’s appalling desertion of its prison population. Once a person is pushed through the indomitable prison gates, he enters a black hole in the state’s consciousness – denied all rights and dignity and left at the complete ...

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  • Since Pakistan abandoned its moratorium on the death penalty in December, the state has embarked upon a relentless spree to execute hordes of prisoners who have been languishing for decades in death row cells all across the country. According to civil society groups, there are currently over 8,500 ...

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  • It is a commonly accepted fact that torture is synonymous with policing in Pakistan. Despite its endemic status, perpetrators of torture face virtually no accountability and continue to operate in a climate of impunity. Whilst the Constitution guarantees protection from torture as a fundamental ...

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