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Beyond September

The announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year has left many speculating about the implications of such withdrawal for Afghanistan and the region…

Protecting children

Today, April 30, marks the International Day to End Corporal Punishment – bringing global attention to the widespread use of the most common form of violence against children. Around the…

Protecting childhood

CHILDHOOD is a precious, fleeting experience. As we navigate our way through the most extraordinary time in living memory, one of the most important things we can do is to…

Banning weapons

The vile suffering that poison gas inflicted on the soldiers of WWI so horrified the world that chemical weapons were banned only seven years after the Great War ended. But…

Torture, children and our inaction

A barbaric video of a five-year-old boy beaten to death by his teacher at a Pindi-Bhattian madressah took the country by storm. Our state stood alarmingly silent, and dangerously inactive.…

May 8: World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day

The Red Cross & Red Crescent Day is celebrated worldwide on May 8 every year. It is International festival of the largest humanitarian movement. The Red Cross idea was born…

Post-9/11: Unilateralism V International Law

Post-9/11: unilateralism v international law

Post-9/11, the world is witnessing increasing violations of international law, especially International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in conflict situations, specifically where powerful states are involved,…

Child Abuse Is Preventable

Child abuse is preventable

In March 2000, an additional sessions judge in Lahore sentenced an alleged serial killer Javed Iqbal, 38, to death by hanging for sexually molesting and murdering around 100 destitute children…

Right To Humanity

Right to humanity

Samer Arbeed, a 44-year-old Palestinian man, was violently arrested on September 25 by plain-clothed Israeli soldiers on suspicion of organising a deadly bombing in the occupied West Bank. After initially…