Transnational Forced Marriage: From the UK to Pakistan

Publication Date: 
March 24, 2011

We recall that ‘marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses’ (Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, Article 16(2)). Heightened media sensitivity surrounding the practice of forced marriage helped to lead to the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, implemented in autumn 2008, incorporating the Act into a new Part 4A of the Family Law Act 1996.  

Pakistan: Inter-University Film Festival ‘Violence is not our Culture’

Publication Date: 
March 4, 2011
Shirkat Gah

Shirkat Gah (SG) organized an inter-university film festival on Thursday, 3rd of March 2011 at the Ali Institute of Education, as part of its campaign titled ‘Violence is not our Culture’. This event also marked 100 years of International Women’s Day (1911-2011). The event was attended by university students, Civil Society and NGO members as well as people from all walks of life.

Pakistan: Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, critic of blasphemy laws, shot dead in Islamabad

Publication Date: 
March 2, 2011
The Guardian
Shahbaz Bhatti

Self-described  gunmen have shot dead 's minorities minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, an advocate of reform of the country's blasphemy laws, as he left his Islamabad home.

Two assassins sprayed the Christian minister's car with gunfire, striking him at least eight times, before scattering pamphlets that described him as a "Christian infidel". The leaflets were signed "Taliban  Punjab". 

Pakistan: Hundreds of women die for “honour” each year

Publication Date: 
January 27, 2011
Pakistan: Many “honour” killings go unreported (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

LAHORE, 27 January 2011 (IRIN) - Did 22-year-old Saima Bibi scream out as she was electrocuted at her parents’ home in their village near the southern Punjab city of Bahawalpur in Pakistan? Did she plead with her family for her life? Did she seek mercy? 

The answers to these questions will never be known. In one of the most harrowing “honour” killings reported in recent months in the country, Saima was, according to media reports, murdered by her relatives.

Pakistan: Crimes of Honor and Questions on Powers of Panchayat "Courts"

Publication Date: 
January 26, 2011
Saudi Gazette

TWENTY-year-old Saima was electrocuted to death Friday in Bahawalpur district on the orders of a panchayat comprised of her father and three uncles, because she had eloped with a man of her choosing. That same week, Najma Bibi was paraded around her village in Khanewal district with her hair chopped off and face blackened in accordance with a panchayat`s orders, after her in-laws accused her of having illicit relations.

Pakistan: Disastrous year for human rights

Publication Date: 
January 24, 2011
Human Rights Watch
Man uses police tape to cordon off site of a suicide bomb blast in Karachi on November 11, 2010. (Reuters)

Militant Attacks, Judicial Misconduct Mark the Year.

(New York) January 24, 2011 -- The Taliban and other religious extremists in Pakistan increased their deadly attacks against civilians and public spaces during 2010, while the Pakistani government response was marred by serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today in its .

Pakistan - Sindh Province Resolution Condemns Honour Killings

Publication Date: 
November 6, 2010
Daily Times

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) on Friday unanimously passed a resolution condemning honour killings in the province.

Pakistan People’s Party legislator Farheen Mughul presented the resolution, recommending that the provincial government should take special steps to prevent honour killings.

Pakistan: clerics say anyone who mourns murdered politician is a “blasphemer” and will suffer the same fate

Publication Date: 
January 7, 2011
National Secular Society
Salmaan Taseer: Governor of the Punjab region, murdered this week for opposing the country’s blasphemy law

More than 500 Muslim clerics in Pakistan have said that anyone who mourns the murder of Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of the Punjab region who was murdered for opposing the country’s blasphemy law, will suffer the same fate. They also praised the “courage and zeal” of Taseer’s killer, saying his action has made Muslims around the world proud.

Pakistan: Alarming development - Shariat Court Challenges Protection of Women Act

Publication Date: 
December 23, 2010
Asian Human Rights Comission

Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission  - December 23, 2010

On 22 December 2010, after three years and four petitions, the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) of Pakistan declared several critical clauses of the Protection of Women (Criminal Laws Amendment) Act of 2006 unconstitutional. In place of this act that created protections for women, the FSC supports the reinstatement of the Hudood Ordinances VII of 1979, which were used to discriminate against, falsely convict and imprison, and otherwise destroy the lives of hundreds of women.

Pakistan - Sexual Violence & Incest - Shrouded in Silence - Analysis

Publication Date: 
December 14, 2010
Equality Now

Lahore, Pakistan – International human rights organization Equality Now, in conjunction with WAR Lahore, an organization dedicated to addressing sexual abuse convened a two day workshop on sexual violence in Pakistan. The meeting was held at the Punjab University Law College in Lahore on 13-14 December 2010, and brought together over 40 activists, lawyers and service providers from across Pakistan. There was also representation of judges and medico-legal personnel.