Pakistan Drives Out Afghan Refugees: "Now You're Calling Us Terrorists?"
Description: (Kabul, February 13, 2017) – Pakistani authorities have carried out a campaign of abuses and threats to drive out nearly 600,000 Afghans since July 2016. The returnees include 365,000 registered refugees, making it the world’s largest mass forced return of refugees in recent years. They now face spiraling armed conflict, violence, destitution, and displacement in Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s has been abusive towards refugees, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is promoting the exodus. Through enhancing its “voluntary repatriation” program and failing to publicly call for an end to coercive practices, the UN agency has become complicit in Pakistan’s mass refugee abuse. The UN and international donors should press Pakistan to end the abuses, protect the remaining 1.1 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and allow refugees among the other estimated 750,000 unregistered Afghans there to seek protection.
13 Feb 2017
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Description: In Pakistan, the Pakistan Red Crescent, with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, restores family contact of separated children, and whenever possible, reunite them. The documentary is a real story where three children who were separated from parents were reunited with their family in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It was made possible due to the combined efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Pakistan Red Crescent and a local NGO, Dost Guloona, running a shelter home for children in Peshawar.
30 Dec 2016
Description: (New York, September 26, 2016) – The Pakistani government should overhaul its police system that enables and even encourages serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Successive Pakistani governments have for decades failed to reform an under-resourced and under-equipped police force or hold abusive police to account.
“Pakistan faces grave security challenges that can be best handled by a rights respecting, accountable police force,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead, law enforcement has been left to a police force filled with disgruntled, corrupt, and tired officers who commit abuses with impunity, making Pakistanis less safe, not more.”
26 Sep 2016
Description: Afghanistan, India and Pakistan Cases Show How to Strengthen Women and End Impunity
People forced from their homes amid conflict—the majority of them women—face threats of deprivation, discrimination and a militarized society. Please join us for a discussion on possible model solutions in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan during a forum hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Women’s Regional Network.
Learn more: http://www.usip.org/events/displaced-women-violations-voice
14 Sep 2016
Description: This video demonstrates how a radio-delivered pedagogical approach can improve literacy, numeracy and healthy habits among young school-aged children in Pakistan. The approach delivers short, freely available radio broadcasts that include curriculum content through interactive games, songs and stories. The approach also builds in teacher professional development and on-going pedagogical supports.
29 Jul 2016
Description: With the arid zone making up about 48% of total land area, Pakistan’s south-eastern province of Sindh is no stranger to droughts which usually affect the area in varying degrees. The latest drought conditions, however, have been ongoing since 2014, resulting in crop failure and loss of livestock which are crucial livelihood resources for local residents in this area. The prolonged dry spell has exacerbated the already dire food security situation in the province, where high levels of malnutrition prevail. In addition, limited access to water, sanitation and medical services, have also compromised the health and coping capacities of the most vulnerable communities.
In response to this situation, the European Commission has provided funding to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to address drought-related nutrition and livelihood issues in the region through a series of activities. This video demonstrates how the assistance helps improve the livelihoods and food security of at-risk families in Tharparkar, one of the desert districts heavily hit by the drought.
More information about the EU's humanitarian work in Pakistan: http://bit.ly/2aqmJ4i
Video by WFP
27 Jul 2016
Description: The News, a major newspaper in Pakistan, recently reported that 130 doctors were killed and 150 kidnapped in Karachi alone between 2012 and 2014. This comes on top of other violent incidents that result in injuries to health workers and damage to hospitals, ambulances and equipment.
Violence against health services in Pakistan is an all too familiar occurrence. But now an exemplary initiative is tackling the problem, one which could be replicated elsewhere in Pakistan and beyond. In 2014, the ICRC's delegation in Pakistan, the APPNA Institute of Public Health, the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), the Research Society of International Law (RSIL) and the Indus Hospital joined forces to launch a Health Care in Danger project to protect health workers in Karachi.
12 Jul 2016
Description: T. Kumar (Amnesty International USA) speaks on the human rights situation in Balochistan on the occasion of UNPO's event "Faces of Oppression: Human Rights Violations in Balochistan" (11 March 2016, Geneva)
01 Apr 2016
Description: After a devastating earthquake shook Pakistan in 2015, Islamic Relief USA donors rushed to send aid to families whose homes were destroyed.
The most vulnerable people live high up in the mountains, so that’s where Islamic Relief went. Local staff set up distribution sites, where people could come and get aid for their families.
Little 10-year-old Azmat went out to one of the sites.
Azmat has no father to look out for her — he died years ago, leaving a widow and orphan daughters. The family was already living on the edge, so the earthquake hit them especially hard. As the oldest girl, Azmat went to look for help.
Alhamdulillah, she found it — sent by Islamic Relief USA donors in America.
Islamic Relief USA donors have shown amazing generosity in the wake of disasters, sending massive aid after earthquakes and floods. We also work together year-round to reach families living in poverty and help them improve their lives. And through it all, we especially look to care for the most vulnerable, like the women and children.
You’ve brought clean water to villages that never had it before. Along with improving everyone’s health, this frees women from spending their days carrying this heavy load. Often, they put that newfound time to use to earn an income to help their families. And the girls who used to carry water can go back to school.
You’ve improved health care in many areas, especially for women and children. And in the most conservative communities, you’ve made sure there are female doctors, so women can get the health care they need too. One recent project brought free health care to 1,200 widows — the mothers of orphans sponsored by U.S. donors.
You’ve cared for refugees displaced by violence — sending things like shelter. Kitchen sets to cook with. The hygiene kits they need for cleanliness and dignity. And you’ve even provided psychosocial support for traumatized children.
Over the years, you’ve also taught women business skills so they can help lift their families out of poverty.
As often as possible, Islamic Relief USA projects include the local communities and empower them to play a role and solve their challenges. This is especially important for women, who can now voice their problems and help plan solutions.
Meanwhile, you never forget the orphans.
Islamic Relief USA donors are sponsoring thousands of orphans in Pakistan. The sponsorship helps guardians pay for the things the children need, from food to clothes to health care to school fees.
These are children like Mahnoor.
Mahnoor can’t remember her father — he died of a heart attack when she was only 3 months old. Her mother is overwhelmed trying to do it all alone.
A sponsor in America with a kind heart stepped in to help care for the little girl. Mahnoor’s sponsor is helping to pay for basic necessities and — so importantly — for her education too. Mahnoor is a great student, and she’s proud of her trophies.
And the investment pays off.
Maria is 20 now. Her sponsor’s care helped her succeed, alhamdulillah, and now she’s working on her master’s degree. It’s something most orphan can’t even dream of without a sponsor’s support.
Work together with Islamic Relief USA to invest in the people of Pakistan, and to empower its communities.
Islamic Relief USA — working together for a better world.
29 Mar 2016
Description: In the rural areas of Pakistan, fodder cutting machines are used every day by farmers and their families for preparation of fodder for the livestock they own. But a simple act of preparing livestock food has resulted in injuries caused while operating these machines. The ICRC together with its partners, the Indus Hospital and the Chal Foundation, established a rehabilitation center in district Muzaffargarh of Punjab in March 2014. Soon after, they realized that there is an ever increasing caseload of people with upper limb amputation, the majority of which are caused by fodder cutting machines – a household item in rural Punjab.
As a first step, this awareness-raising documentary was produced for all relevant government and non-government stakeholders, to address and highlight the severity of this issue that has largely gone unnoticed.
07 Mar 2016
Description: Aqeela Asifi is a brave champion of education for Afghan girls who are living as refugees in Pakistan. After fleeing Kabul with her family in 1992, she began teaching a handful of girls in a makeshift tent in the remote refugee settlement of Kot Chandana. Thanks to her inspirational work and tireless dedication, more than one thousand young Afghan refugees now attend permanent schools in the village.
11 Feb 2016
Description: The ICRC together with its Karachi partners APPNA Institute of Public Health, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and Ziauddin University recently finished a study on violence against health personnel and facilities. The study identified different types of violence and their effects, and is part of Health Care in Danger (HCiD) project that aims to better protect health services from violence.
In this video, Maciej Polkowski, head of the HCiD project in Karachi, explains the importance of the study.
Additionally, together with the Research Society of International Law Pakistan, a study was undertaken to review the legal framework within which the Karachi health sector operates.
29 Jan 2016