PAKISTAN: Council should help developing judicial infrastructures

An Oral Statement to the 32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Mr. President. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) draws attention to Pakistan, where the writ of the State is unraveling and even the façade of the rule of law is vanishing. Decaying political and justice institutions are perpetuating gross abuse of human rights. Where even a whiff of justice is a distant memory, intolerant mob justice rules the streets, while a crumbling court system delivers only to those with deep pockets. Since the start of Zarb-e-Azb, the Military operation against the terrorism, extrajudicial killings have ballooned. In virtually all […]

PAKISTAN: Call to curb rise in violence against women

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the rise in violence against women in Pakistan. According to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll, Pakistan is the third most dangerous country for women after Afghanistan and Congo. The poll report has cited cultural, tribal, and religious practices that are harmful to women in Pakistan, as well as acid attacks, child and forced marriage, and punishment or retribution by stoning or other physical abuse as reasons for the ranking. The Report also states that 90% of women in Pakistan face domestic violence. Though the country is witnessing a surge in legislation meant […]

PAKISTAN: Human trafficking a systemic failure of the State and its institutions of justice

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the rise in human trafficking in Pakistan. The country is a source, transit, and destination for men, women, and children who are subjected to trafficking, specifically for forced labor and prostitution. According to reports, women and girls from Afghanistan, China, Russia, Nepal, Iran, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan are subjected to sex trafficking in Pakistan.

PAKISTAN: Extrajudicial killings make a mockery of failed judicial institutions

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the rise in extrajudicial killings committed by Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) officials. Since the start of the Military operation Zarb-e-Azb two years ago, extrajudicial killings have increased manifold. When the operation began, the government vowed to keep a check on the excesses of LEA’s to ensure innocent persons would not be arrested; there were talks about constituting a monitoring committee. However, as is usual with State formed committees, this one failed to deliver; extrajudicial killings are rampant with total impunity for State officers involved.

PAKISTAN: Curbing freedom of expression in the name of national security and State ideology

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the deteriorating state of freedom of expression in Pakistan. In states like Pakistan, where democracy is little more than fascism behind a façade of democracy, free press is the first casualty. The Constitution and certain legislations authorize the government to curb freedom of speech on subjects that include the Constitution itself, the Armed Forces, the Judiciary, and religion. Harsh blasphemy laws have occasionally been used to suppress the media as well.

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 […]