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27 Nov 2015 description

Freedom of religion is a fundamental right that exists only on paper in Pakistan. Each year thousands of Christians, forming 13% of the total population, suffer at the hands of religious bigots who use blasphemy as an excuse to ruin their life. Christian girls are increasingly being forced to convert to Islam. According to a report released by Pakistani NGO Aurat Foundation on 13 July 2015, around 1,000 girls are forced to convert to Islam every year in Pakistan. The victims of these forced conversions are largely girls from the Pakistani Christian and Hindu communities.

26 Jun 2015 description

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the international day in support of victims of torturen

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has over the past 15 years documented close to 3,000 cases of torture from Asia. Most of these cases are reported through AHRC's Urgent Appeals Programme by partner organisations working in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and Thailand.

17 Mar 2015 description

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) strongly condemns the attacks on two Churches and mourns the murder in cold blood of innocent Christians.

26 Jan 2015 description

Police excess is quiet a norm in Pakistan but on January 23 police transcend their authority and baton charged school children who were demanding that their school run by trust be reopened and administration not handed over to government. The students of Government Islamia High School near Bhati Gate Lahore along with their parents were protesting outside the school against the school’s takeover by the government. The school was being run by the Ghazi Education and Welfare Trust for nearly eight years, but recently the government took over the charge of running the school’s affairs.

12 Sep 2014 description

he Asian Human Rights Commission has received shocking reports of journalists having to face the worst ordeals possible, during the course of the year 2014. Four journalists and five of their supporting staff have been killed by “un-known” persons and more than 38 journalists were attacked and injured by the police and mostly by those representing political parties who are conducting political agitation in the country’s capital Islamabad calling for the government to step down on charges of mass corruption.

30 Aug 2014 description

The government must ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

02 Jun 2014 description


Twenty sixth session, Agenda Item 3, General Debates

A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre

14 May 2014 description

Contributors: Angelika Pathak

The killing of senior lawyer, Rashid Rehman, on May 7, 2014 in his office in Multan has once again brought into focus at home and abroad how little the Pakistani state values those who risk their lives for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights for all. Rehman was killed despite having earlier expressed serious concern for his safety after threats were issued by named and identified persons and despite seeking protection from the state. His call for security was ignored.

12 May 2014 description

Contributors: Bushra Khaliq

The provincial assembly of Sindh has took the daring lead on 28th April 2014, that deserves appreciation for becoming Pakistan's first elected assembly to have passed a bill restraining child marriages under 18 years. The passage of the bill has come on the heels of controversy that was triggered after the council of Islamic Ideology (CII) had ruled that prohibition of underage marriage was un-Islamic.

08 Apr 2014 description

Contributors: Zia Ur Rehman

The journalists reporting on the two conflicts, namely Taliban militancy and the Baloch insurgency are faced with double jeopardy. They walk a tight rope while reporting

The recent attack on the Express Television anchor, columnist and consulting editor for the Friday Times, Raza Rumi indicates the serious threats faced by Pakistani journalists in their line of duty.

27 Jan 2014 description

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses shock and deep concern over the discovery of mass graves in Balochistan; it is suspected that these graves are of Baloch missing persons who were arrested and subsequently extrajudicially killed. A large number of family members gathered around the places of Tootak village, district Khuzdar to inquire about their loved ones who have been missing for many years. However, the police and other security forces refused them permission to try and identify the bodies and baton charged the people to disperse them.

08 Jan 2014 description

A child of 15 was arrested by the security forces in October and there has been no response from the authorities

09 Dec 2013 description


Pakistan’s criminal justice system is deeply flawed, inefficient, and corrupt. It is not independent, and investigators and prosecutors lack the resources, training, and security for successful prosecutions. Every time the criminal justice system is circumvented, it becomes weaker and irrelevant, and the culture of impunity that thrives in its place fuels further cycles of consequence-free violence and crime.

25 Nov 2013 description

The month of October witnessed a significant decline in violence-related casualties bringing some relief to the terror-ridden people of the country. However, the issues related to security and peace remained the most common topics of attention for the people and media alike. To tackle terrorism and heinous crimes in the country, the President promulgated the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance on 21st October 2013. It was met with a mixed reaction of approval and disapproval from different political quarters.

25 Oct 2013 description

AHRC-STM-193-2013 October 25, 2013

A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission

September turned out to be the deadliest month so far this year. The total number of casualties during September touched amounted to 1048 persons with 493 being killed and 555 injured; an increase of 35\% over the 744 casualties in August. More than 50% of all the total casualties were killed or injured during the last nine days of the month (22 – 30 September) when 240 persons died and over 370 persons were injured throughout the country.

24 Oct 2013 description

Amir Murtaza

Every year on October 24, people from all around the world, celebrates World Polio Day. The world certainly deserves celebrations as the deadly disease has been decreased significantly and it is estimated that barring three countries, Polio has globally been eradicated.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012, only three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988.

23 Oct 2013 description

The government of Pakistan has – within a short period of less than two weeks – promulgated two draconian laws, ostensibly, to combat terrorism.

02 Oct 2013 description

During the last eight months of this year, from January to August 31, in different target killings, militant attacks, incidents of terrorism (including suicide bombs by the Pakistani Taliban and different sectarian groups) and security operations by the armed forces and intelligence agencies 4,286 persons were killed and 4,066 injured.

The statistics for this period was compiled by the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS).

23 Sep 2013 description

Counting up to August 2013, as many as 126 extrajudicial deaths and over 400 disappearances have taken place in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Violent killings and disappearance after arrest by authorities continues without relent. Most bodies, of those murdered extra judicially, have been found in the Balochi speaking districts of the province, particularly Quetta, Khuzdar, Kalat, and Mekran.