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PAKISTAN: Call to abolish Ghag, a tribal custom, that had ruined lives of many girls

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that a family from Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) is forced to migrate from their ancestral home due to the brutal tribal custom of Ghag whereby any man can forcibly demands or claims the hand of a woman, without her own or her parents will and free consent. The custom has made life a living hell for the women of the Frontier Region (FR) where might is right. The area is governed under centuries old tribal customs and traditions and the constitution of Pakistan is not applicable, the only semblance of so called writ of the state is represented through a political agent who has little or no influence in the area. Even if the aggrieved women migrate to other parts of the country they cannot seek justice as the area is not under the jurisdiction of any court of law. Read More...

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PAKISTAN: The D.G. Rangers must be prosecuted for the murder of a political activist in his custody


Statement : A senior political activist, Mr. Aftab Ahmed, working for the fourth biggest parliamentary party, MQM, has been allegedly extrajudicially executed in Rangers’ custody. He ostensibly died due to a heart attack, but his body bears evidence of torture, including burns. Read More...

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PAKISTAN: Constitutionitself curbs freedom of Press

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Statement : May 3, today, is World Press Freedom Day. The 2016 theme is “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - This Is Your Right!”On this occasion, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has, in a message said, “On this World Press Freedom Day, I urge all Governments, politicians, businesses and citizens to commit to nurturing and protecting an independent, free media. Without this fundamental right, people are less free and less empowered. With it, we can work together for a world of dignity and opportunity for all." Read More...

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Torture in Pakistan

Torture in custody is a serious problem affecting the rule of law in Pakistan. It is used as the most common means to obtain confession statements. As yet, there has been no serious effort by the government to make torture a crime in the country. It provides impunity to the perpetrators who are mostly either policemen or members of the armed forces. Furthermore, there is no means for the protection of witnesses. This discourages victims from making complaints. While the international jurisprudence on the issue has evolved into very high standards, the situation in Pakistan resembles the stone ages.

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