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Human rights focus

HUMAN rights may be back on the global agenda. In his first foreign policy speech as president, Joe Biden restored the US emphasis on human rights and diplomacy, referring to…

Human rights in 2020

We continued to feel intense suffocation in Pakistan throughout 2020. The state of human rights, which has consistently remained morbid for the past few years, definitely did not improve this…

Protecting human rights

Every year, December 10 is marked across the globe as International Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly…

NAB versus human rights

THAT the National Accountability Bureau has little respect for human rights is widely known. The extent to which human rights are violated by NAB can only be established by documentation,…

Human rights & mental health

A DECADE ago, world-renowned psychiatrist and medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman termed the standard of mental healthcare across the world a ‘failure of humanity’. He noted that the worse deficiencies of…

Human Rights In The Digital Age

Human rights in the digital age

Our digitally connected world poses serious challenges to human rights. Internet use and mobile connectivity, low-cost and fast computing systems, and rapid AI advances have, on the one hand, provided…

Human rights agenda

THE first 100 days of a first-time government are often tumultuous, strewn with tactical errors and gaffes, and hindered by inexperience. The opposition morphs into the mythical Argus, ready to…

Human rights priorities

ON Monday, when the nations of the world celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Pakistan government too will be expected to…

Human rights obligations

IN addition to the domestic pressures for expeditious completion of its national human rights agenda, the state of Pakistan has to ensure that it keeps fulfilling on time the pledges…

IPRs and human rights

Ever since the US branded inadequate protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) – patents, copyrights and trademarks – an unfair trade practice under Section 301 of the Trade Act 1974,…