PAKISTAN: Business and Human Rights – government must strictly follow the regulations of ILO in its true spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-CWS-29-16-2015 June 11, 2015 A Written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: Business and Human Rights – government must strictly follow the regulations of ILO in its true spirit The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) would like to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to an incident in a Pakistani garment factory where workers were burned alive. Ali Enterprises is a garment factory located in Plot 67, Hub Road, Baldia Town, Karachi. It has exported garments to Europe and the United States, employing between 1,200 and […]

PAKISTAN: The State should be asked to declare all kinds of private courts to be illegal, and enforce the same

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-CWS-29-10-2015 June 09, 2015 A Written Submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: The State should be asked to declare all kinds of private courts to be illegal, and enforce the same The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the plight of Pakistani women. Despite making advances in many fields previously thought to be male dominated, women in Pakistan are actively discriminated against by a variety of state and non state actors, and subjected to violence without possibility of redress. In Article 25, the Constitution of Pakistan states, […]

PAKISTAN: Rights Safeguards Rendered Meaningless in the face of Extrajudicial Killings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALRC-CWS-29-05-2015 June 08, 2015 A Written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: Rights Safeguards Rendered Meaningless in the face of Extrajudicial Killings The Asian Legal Resource Centre is extremely concerned about the continuing extrajudicial killings in Pakistan, and the impunity with which they are committed. Instead of using legal and constitutional methods to stop such practices of the law enforcement agencies, the government of Pakistan has sought to make extrajudicial killings legal and constitutional. The law enforcement agencies (LEAs), particularly the military and its intelligence agencies, have been given the power to shoot suspects on sight and to try […]

PAKISTAN: Government must guarantee fundamental right of freedom of religion to all

ALRC-CWS-07-007-2015 March 04, 2015 A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: Government must guarantee fundamental right of freedom of religion to all 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring to the attention of the UN Human Rights Council the deteriorating state of freedom of religion, belief, and faith in Pakistan. An increasing number of minority families are being forced to flee Pakistan. Minorities, especially Christians, Hindus, and Ahmadis, are being subjected to mass violence, terrorist acts, and abuse of blasphemy laws. 2. While fleeing Christians, Ahmadis, and even Shias have ended up in various states of South and […]

PAKISTAN: An attack on independence of judiciary and right to fair trial

ALRC-CWS-28-004-2015 March 03, 2015 A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: An attack on independence of judiciary and right to fair trial 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring to the attention of the UN Human Rights Council the supra-constitutional arrangement that has established military courts and is depriving the people of Pakistan their right to fair trial. 2. Following the gruesome massacre of children at the Army Public School in Peshawar on 16th December 2014, under military pressure, the government lifted the moratorium on death sentences and rapidly pushed through the 21st Constitution Amendment, establishing military courts […]

PAKISTAN: An attack on independence of judiciary and right to fair trial

ALRC-CWS-28-004-2015 March 03, 2015 A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: An attack on independence of judiciary and right to fair trial 1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring to the attention of the UN Human Rights Council the supra-constitutional arrangement that has established military courts and is depriving the people of Pakistan their right to fair trial. 2. Following the gruesome massacre of children at the Army Public School in Peshawar on 16th December 2014, under military pressure, the government lifted the moratorium on death sentences and rapidly pushed through the 21st Constitution Amendment, establishing military courts […]

PAKISTAN: A call for an immediate intervention to stop extrajudicial killings

ALRC-CWS-27-10-2014 September 4, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty seventh session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: A call for an immediate intervention to stop extrajudicial killings 1. Extra judicial killings have become rampant in Pakistan; they are being executed with impunity and are rarely tried in Courts. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) continues to document hundreds of cases of extra-judicial killings in Pakistan, which are generally accompanied by absolute impunity, due to the lack of investigations and prosecutions. The rampant killings, the lack of effective actions to neither punish them nor provide redress to […]

PAKISTAN: End slavery and bonded labour

ALRC-CWS-27-07-2014 September 3, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty seventh session, Agenda Item 3, General Debate A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: End slavery and bonded labour 1. Pakistan’s constitution expressly prohibits all forms of slavery and forced labour. Article 11 deems slavery non-existent and forbidden; no law shall permit nor facilitate its introduction in Pakistan in any form; it prohibits all forms of forced labour and trafficking of human beings and the employment of children below the age of fourteen years in any factory, mine or in any form of other hazardous employment. The International Covenant on Civil and Political […]

PAKISTAN: The violence against women is continue to be rampant in spite of progressive laws

ALRC-CWS-26-09-2014 June 4, 2014 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty sixth session, Agenda Item 3, General Debates A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre PAKISTAN: The violence against women is continue to be rampant in spite of progressive laws 1. Despite some pro-women laws introduced by the previous Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) government, there is no rest or respite in the chronic oppression against women in Pakistan. The true implementation of these laws in letter and spirit still remains a real challenge for the state, law and justice departments. Women are facing spectacularly high rates of discrimination and multiple forms of violence. Crimes like […]