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Voting rights

In 1994, when the then president Farooq Leghari visited the US he promised to consider the demand of the right to vote for overseas Pakistanis. Since then leaders of all…

Human rights 101

Whenever any discussions on human rights take place, some bureaucrats and securocrats don’t like it. To them, such discussions are superfluous and present Pakistan in a negative light. There appears…

Protectors of people’s rights

IT is difficult to imagine Pakistan without I.A. Rehman, someone for whom the word ‘irreplaceable’ feels inadequate. Throughout the country’s existence, he touched so many lives through his many contributions.…

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…

Child marriage and religious thought

Enactment and enforcement of legislation against child marriage has repeatedly run into resistance that claims religious authority. Overcoming this resistance will require a wider intellectual engagement with the foundations and…

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…

Fight for rights

On November 26, tens of thousands of Indians marched on foot, trolley and tractor from the states of Punjab and Haryana to the capital, New Delhi. To try to stop…

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…

March For Women’s Rights

March for women’s rights

A large number of Pakistani women will take to the streets across the country on March 8, 2020 to celebrate the International Women’s Day. They will celebrate their successes, highlight…

Of students’ rights

THE nationwide students’ solidarity march of Nov 29, a most impressive expression of Pakistani students’ aspirations and concerns, has received diverse responses and all of them can be dispassionately discussed. First, the…