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A man was killed in Dera Murad Jamali

Published by Dawn News on Monday August 21, 2017

‘Honour Killing’; Dera Murad Jamali; Balochistan

Dera Murad Jamali, Pakistan: On Sunday August 20, 2017, a man was killed in the name of honour. The suspect fled the scene after the incident. It was a case of ‘honour killing’ Levies official (Balochistan paramilitary force) said.

Three alleged human smugglers arrested

Published by The News on Aug 20, 2017

Human Trafficking; AHTC; FIA; Lahore; Saudi Arabia

Lahore, Pakistan: On Saturday August 19, 2017 Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) of FIA, Lahore arrested three accused persons involved in various cases of Human Trafficking.
According to an FIA official, accused Amjad Khitab Badshah of Mardan was arrested in a case for extorting Rs 4,600,000 for 14 visas of Saudi Arabia.

Punjab CM approves summary to regularize services of 500 HED employees

Published by the News on Aug 21, 2017

Labour Rights; Contract Employees; TEVTA; PPSC; HED

Lahore, Pakistan: On Sunday August 20, 2017, Punjab Chief Minister approved a summary seeking regularization of services of over 500 contract employees of commerce stream of Higher Education Department (HED), Punjab.
Sources in HED Punjab said the summary was received recently with approval of the Chief Minister. They added the CM had, however, also directed the department to scrutinize the list of employees. An HED official said the scrutiny process had also been completed and formal notification vis-à-vis regularization of their services would be issued by this week.
Replying to a question that these employees might not get their salaries for the month of August as their contracts expired on July 31, the official said there might be some delay but they should be happy that their longstanding demand has been accepted.
It is pertinent to mention here that these employees, including teaching and non-teaching staff (BS-16 & above), were transferred to HED Punjab from TEVTA in 2012. Their services were protected in relaxation of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) rules under Contract Appointment Policy 2004.
A high-powered committee formed by Punjab government had recommended regularization of the Commerce stream employees in June this year.

Three labourers gunned down

Published by Dawn News on Aug 21, 2017

Labour Rights; Shooting; Gun Violence; Gwadar

Gwadar, Pakistan: On Sunday August 20, 2017, three labourers were shot dead in the Hoshab area of Kech district. According to sources, the victims, belonging to Rahim Yar Khan, came to Hoshab for employment opportunities.

FIA arrests three human traffickers

Published in the Express Tribune on August 18th, 2017

Human Trafficking; FIA; Sialkot

Sialkot, Pakistan: On Thursday, August 17, 2017, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested three human traffickers from various parts of Sialkot District on Aug 17.
FIA Divisional Deputy Director Khalid Anees said the FIA arrested accused Aftab Farooq from Kapoorwali-Sialkot Village, accused Muhammad Sarwar from Qila Kalarwala-Pasrur Village and Muhammad Younas from Sirraanwali-Satrah Village.
He added the accused used to deceive innocent people by taking money from them under the pretext of sending them abroad. He maintained the accused neither returned their money nor sent them abroad. He said cases were registered against them while further investigation was underway.

‘Interns denied stipend’

Published by Dawn News on August 18, 2017

Labour Rights; PM Internship Programme; Gujrat

Gujrat, Pakistan: Thursday, August 17, 2017, Hundreds of interns hired under the prime minister’s internship programme have not been paid their monthly stipend for the month of July. As many as 300 master’s degree holder interns have been assigned various duties by the district administration in various public and private departments and institutions for their one-year long training under the initiative. They joined the assignments during the past four months in various batches; the fresh batch came in July last year.
A senior officer of the Gujrat district administration who deals with the affairs of interns told Dawn that the local administration had nothing to do with the stipend since the amount was directly transferred to the bank accounts of the trainees and the administration’s job was to assist the federal government by arranging the training.
The interns have urged the higher authorities to take notice of this slackness and order the release of their stipends.

Jobless youths protest against NGOs in Badin

Published by Dawn News on August 18, 2017

Violation of Right to Job; NGOs; Badin

Badin, Pakistan: On Thursday, August 17, 2017, jobless youths and members of civil society of Badin took out a procession to voice protest against a number of non-governmental organizations working in the district, accusing them of ignoring locals in jobs.
The protesters told journalists that the NGOs’ officers inducted their own favorites belonging to other districts through the backdoor. One NGO, they claimed, had received Rs5 billion from European Union and Sindh government for carrying out development work in Badin and the organization had been making recruitments for this purpose for the past four months, they said.
They said the NGO managers did not realize how a ‘Great Wall of China’ was being erected in front of locals by the officials who believed that none except their own men should get benefits from the organization.
They demanded the government should impose a ban on all such NGOs which were depriving locals of their rightful share in jobs.
They also warned NGOs to recruit local youths, or else they would start a campaign against them and would not allow them to work in the district.

Woman, daughter found dead in house

Published by Dawn News on Thursday, August 17, 2017

‘Honour Killing’; Lahore

Lahore, Pakistan: On Wednesday August 16, 2017 a woman and her minor daughter were found dead in their rented house in Shahpur Kanjran. Rafique who is second husband of the victim alleged that his wife’s son from her first marriage and his cousin had killed his wife and daughter for honour. The Chuhng police registered a murder case against the son and his cousin on the complaint of Rafique.

Abducted workers of Chinese firm reach Tank

Published by Dawn News on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Labour Rights; Kidnapping; Tank; KPK

Tank, Pakistan: On Tuesday August 15, 2017, employees of a Chinese company reached Tank who were kidnapped near the boundary between the Frontier Regions (FRs) of Tank and Lakki Marwat district.
Unidentified gunmen had taken away four employees of the Chinese oil and gas survey company, PJP, from Kazmomai area situated on the border between FR Tank and Lakki Marwat district on August 9, 2017.
Security forces launched a search operation in the area to track down the kidnappers and safely recover the abducted workers but they were unable to trace the kidnappers.

Woman shot dead for honour

Published by Dawn News on Tuesday August 15, 2017

‘Honour Killing’; Nasirabad; Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: On Monday August 14, 2017 a woman was shot dead in her house Nasirabad area for honour where she was living with her minor daughter after her divorce. The woman had a marriage of her choice and after the divorce she started living with her parents. Police investigation officer told Dawn News that it was yet to ascertain whether her ex-husband was involved in her murder or someone else.

Couple and their son killed for ‘Honour’

Published by Dawn News on Sunday August 13, 2017

‘Honour Killing’; Thekariwala; Faisalabad;

Faisalabad, Pakistan: On Saturday August 12, 2017 a man allegedly gunned down his sister, her husband and their minor son in Thekariwala for ‘honour’. Report said Nagina Bibi, a lady constable had married Piran Ditta of 607-GB, Bahlak, against the will of the family half a year ago. On Saturday night her brother Azhar Abbas visited the couple with his two accompanies and killed Nagina, Ditta and their eight-month-old son Hasnain Abbas. The suspect managed to escape.

Municipal workers’ protest enters second day

Published by the News on Aug 4, 2017

Labour Rights; UMWU; City District Peshawar

Peshawar, Pakistan: On Thursday August 3, 2017, the protest camp staged by the United Municipal Workers Union and City District and All Towns Peshawar against the merger of fire brigade into Rescue 1122 continued on the second consecutive day.
The labour unions representatives said the government had issued a notification to merge the fire brigade department with Rescue 1122 without announcing any service structure and other service-related issues. They demanded a review of the decision.

Punjab schoolteachers announce sit-in on 10th

Published by the News on Aug 4, 2017

Labour Rights; UTC; Up gradation

Lahore, Pakistan: On Thursday August 3, 2017, the United Teachers Council (UTC) Punjab has announced staging a sit-in surrounding Punjab Civil Secretariat till August 10 for, what it claimed, no progress vis-à-vis up gradation and other issues faced by schoolteachers in the province. This was decided in meeting of the UTC Punjab’s core committee presided over by central convener Tariq Mahmood on Aug 3. The meeting also observed that no notification had so far been withdrawn vis-à-vis detaching 13 schools from Danish Schools Authority while no progress was being witnessed regarding withdrawal of “unjustified inquiries” against the schoolteachers.

PA passes bill to increase Govt job quota of the disabled

Published by the News on Aug 1, 2017

Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Job quota; Sindh

Sindh, Pakistan: On Monday 31st July, 2017, Sindh’s legislature unanimously passed a bill to increase the government job quota of the disabled from the existing two per cent to five per cent.
The Sindh Differently Abled Persons (Employment, Rehabilitation & Welfare) (Amendment) Bill 2017 was supported by the lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the opposition Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Police solve blind murder mystery
Published by Dawn News on Monday 31st July, 2017

“Honour Killing”; Kasur
Kasur, Pakistan: On Sunday July 30, 2017, Police of Mandi Usmanwala said a couple found shot dead near village Gara on Saturday were murdered for honour. Police arrested slain girl’s brother and two other relatives.
Two labourers killed
Published by Dawn News on Monday July 31, 2017
Labour Rights; Gwadar
Gawadar, Pakistan: On Sunday July 30, 2017 two labourers were killed after inhaling poisonous gas while digging a well in the Koshkalat area of Kech district.
Qadir Dad and Tauheed were digging the well in the Koshkalat region of Turbat, but died after inhaling poisonous gas.
Due to lack of rain in Turbat and other areas, the underground water level has gone down deep and most wells are drying, forcing the area people to make wells further deep by digging.
Another worker dies in Gadani
Published in the Express tribune on Monday July 31, 2017
Labour Rights; Gadani; Lack of Safety Measurements
Karachi, Pakistan: On Friday 28th July, 2017 another worker lost his life in an accident apparently due to lack of safety at a ship-breaking yard in Gadani.
Muhammad Shakir, 20, was killed as a heavy metal sheet fell on him during dismantling of a decommissioned vessel in plot No 69 in Gadani. The victim hailed from Rahim Yar Khan in southern Punjab and worked as a helper at the yard.
“The worker died on the spot,” Bashir Mehmoodani, president of the Ship Breaking Workers Union Gadani, told The Express Tribune. “The incident occurred due to the lack of health and safety measurements and facilities.”
This is the seventh death in Gadani since last year’s November 1 oil tanker tragedy which jolted the authorities and drew their attention towards the precarious nature of work and no safety at the ship-breaking yard.
On November 1, 2016, 26 workers were killed and dozens were wounded when a decommissioned oil tanker moored for dismantling caught fire during initial work. The fire blazed for at least four days as authorities with their apparently insufficient machinery tried to put it out.
Gadani’s ship-breaking yard is arguably the second largest in the world and earns billions in revenue for the government besides catering to around 30% of the country’s iron needs, Mehmoodani commented.
“Yet there is no mechanism or facilities to save workers from these sort of accidents that have now become normal in Gadani,” he lamented, adding that the pledges made by the ship-breaking yard owners and the authorities to ensure safety have yet to materialize.
EOBI & senior citizens
Published by Dawn News on Monday, July 31, 2017
Labour Rights; EOBI; Insurance
After every six months, senior citizens who avail EOBI pension are required to go for biometric verification to the bank to justify that they are alive otherwise their ATM EOBI cards are blocked.
Some elderly citizens are suffering from serious ailments and thus unable to walk. They have to take assistance from their family. Yet they are compelled to go through a rough and tough exercise. There are several cases where old people have to go to banks in ambulances to fulfill EOBI requirement.
What a shame that instead of improving the system, senior citizens are treated like trash for receiving a petty amount.
Railway driver’s strike
Published by Daily Times News on Monday July 31, 2017
Labour Rights; Railway Drivers Strike; Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan: The Railway drivers’ went on strike that brought the whole railroad network to a standstill for more than 48 hours. At the midnight of Saturday July 22, the Railway drivers struck in an industrial action with trains remaining stranded throughout night as a result of the strike. This courageous struggle paralysed the entire railroad system stopping the operations of Tezgam, Karakoram Express, Fareed Express, Khyber Mail, Allama Iqbal, Millat Express and Pakistan Express at Rohri, Mehrabpur, Khairpur and other stations. Shalimar Express, Karachi Express, night coach and other trains were stopped at the Lahore central station.
Hundreds of drivers of Pakistan Railways went on strike for the fulfillment of their demands including increase in pay scales, mileage allowance, and reinstatement of suspended colleagues. The Loco Running Staff Association (LRSA) resolved that the drivers would not withdraw from the struggle unless their demands were accepted.
The manipulative bosses and bureaucrats of the Pakistan Railways were furious. Six drivers from Rawalpindi and eight from Karachi had been arrested on the very first day. These drivers were charged with the nefarious ‘Anti-Terrorism’ Act by the state authorities. The Railway administration even went to the extent of saying that halting the train operations was an act of ‘terrorism’. Initial negotiations between the strike leaders and the railway officials failed. The Railways ministry brought in retired and unskilled contractual drivers as strikebreakers. Strike leaders invited for negotiations were arrested instead.
Another girl subjected to vani to ‘settle rape’
Published by Dawn News on Sunday July 30, 2017
Women Rights; Vani "Marriage"; Sahiwal
Sahiwal, Pakistan: On Saturday 29th July, 2017 Police have registered two cases against 10 people for their involvement in a vani “marriage” of an underage girl allegedly held at 114/7- R village, Chichtiani, on the orders of a Panchayat to settle rape of a woman.
According to Police, four of the suspects including the groom and nikah khwan, have been arrested by Chichtiani Sadder Police. It is third such incident in a span of a week in Punjab where a female has been used as a bargain chip to settle a dispute arising out of male mischief.
Woman strangled by father over love marriage
Published by Dawn News on Sunday 30th July, 2017
“Honour Killing”; Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan: On Saturday, 29th July, 2017, a woman was strangled allegedly by her father for contracting marriage with a man of her choice in Shalimar. Police said Taiba Khalid 25, of Aliya Town had left her parents some eight months ago to contract marriage with a man of her choice. The woman was called back to home by her father, Khalil Ali, and was assured that they would hold a proper marriage ceremony.
 Police said the woman would insist on the man of her choice. On Saturday morning, woman’s father got enraged over the issue, strangled her with a dupatta and fled. Police collected forensic evidence and shifted the body to morgue for autopsy. Police later registered the case against the suspect on the complaint of her brother Kaleemullah.  
House requisition policy as per federal Govt rates
Published by Dawn News on Sunday July 30, 2017
Labour Rights; House Requisition Policy; Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan: On Saturday 29th July, 2017 the Punjab government is introducing a house requisition policy for its employees entitled to get official residences most probably as per the rates being offered by the federal government to its servants in all grades.
According to official sources, the policy has been devised in view of the provincial government’s inability to allot official residences in Lahore to all its entitled employees.
There are nearly 3,000 houses in five GORs in the provincial metropolis for cabinet members, judges and senior bureaucrats, and two colonies, one in Wahdat Colony and another in Chauburji, for junior officials.
Worker installing wire at Punjab PA Secretariat electrocuted
Published by Daily The News on Sunday July 30, 2017
Labour Rights; Laborer Electrocuted; Punjab Assembly Secretariat
Lahore, Pakistan: On Sunday 29th July, 2017, a labourer was electrocuted while installing barbed wire at Punjab Assembly Secretariat.
The victim, identified as Imran, hailed from Faisalabad. He was installing bared wire when he accidentally came in contact with a live wire, resulting in his death. The body has been dispatched to his hometown.
‘State should provide labourers with safe working environment’
Published by Daily Dawn on Sunday 29th July, 2017
Labour Rights; Safe Working Environment; Islamabad; American Society of Safety Engineers
Islamabad, Pakistan: On Saturday 28th July, 2017 the Pakistan chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers hosted a ‘Safety and Professional Development’ conference at Serena Hotel.
Former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was chief guest at the event, said it is one of the prime responsibilities of the state to provide a safe working environment for labourers and to also educate them on how to keep the workspace safe and healthy.
Mr Abbasi said reports of loss of human life and damages to properties are not uncommon and that the unfortunately, health safety environment is viewed suspiciously in our society.
The former minister said in the absence legislation and regulatory controls, more fatal accidents can happen given the increasing economic growth and the ongoing mega infrastructure projects. He said health safety environment needs to be regulated and implemented in developing countries, especially Pakistan and that there is no other way to protect the environment and minimize losses.
He said that the oil and gas ministry, which he is leading, is said to be the leader in health safety environment in Pakistan and added that the Mines Act 1923 is being revised in consultation with the International Labour Organization and the provinces. He said work on the revision of the Oil and Gas Drilling and Productions Regulations 1974 have also been initiated for the oil industry.
He said existing legislation and the regulatory framework of Pakistan in regards to health safety environment should be updated to meet modern and technological challenges. He urged academics to introduce a subject on health safety environment and that the media should help raise awareness about the issue.
Secretary Planning, Development and Reforms Shoaib Siddiqui urged government and non-government organizations to play their role in saving human lives. Talking about hazardous working environment in Karachi and other places where health safety environment is almost absent, the secretary said there is dire need of raising awareness in order to prevent accidents.
CJ takes notice of rape case
Published by Dawn News on Friday 28th July, 2017
Girl assaulted; C J Suo Motu; CM Punitive Action; Multan
Islamabad/Multan, Pakistan: On Thursday 27th July, 2017, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar takes suo motu notice of the rape of a girl, allegedly ordered by a Panchayat in the Muzaffarabad area of Multan district, while Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif takes punitive action against some police officials. CJ has sought report for the Punjab Inspector General of Police on the incident in which the 16 years old girl was raped as ‘punishment’ for a rape her brother had committed. According to police, four more suspected were arrested in connection with the case.
Can consumer alone and labour exploitation?
Published by Express Tribune on Friday 28th July, 2017
Labour Rights; Nike; Apple; Workers Abused
Some months ago, internet browsing Pakistanis witnessed a social media uproar over the alleged ill-treatment of workers producing clothes for a popular local brand. Many seemed genuinely shocked to hear that their favourite clothing brand may be treating its workers rather shoddily. However, this is not a standalone incident concerning a specific brand. The problem is much deeper and pervasive.
The fact that workers are exploited by outsourced producers enables companies to conveniently shrug off responsibility of working conditions. Similar deflective strategies have been employed by major corporations, including Nike and Apple, when they are confronted with accusations of workers being abused while producing their products in developing countries.
Nonetheless, the above-mentioned social media campaign did draw needed attention to the broader issue of workers’ plight in the supply chains of domestic and international textile products. There is a growing number of voices which place their faith in the idea of consumers being able to influence production practices. Consumer consciousness has led fair trade and eco-labeled products becoming more readily available in supermarkets across the developed world.
Uproar as girl assaulted on panchayat’s order
Published by Dawn News on Thursday 27th July, 2017
Girl assaulted; Panchayat; Multan
Multan, Pakistan: On Wednesday 26th July, 2017 social media was abuzz with condemnation and calls for severe punishment after news emerged that a teenage girl was subjected to assault on the orders of a Panchayat in the Muzaffarabad area of Multan district. Police arrested 20 members of the Panchayat, including four women for allegedly ordering the rape of the 16 year old as a punishment for the rape allegedly committed earlier by her brother.
12 Human Traffickers held in Gujranwala
Published by Dawn News on Wednesday 26th July, 2017
Human Trafficking; FIA; Gujranwala
Gujranwala, Pakistan: On Tuesday 25th July, 2017 Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested 12 alleged human traffickers in a targeted operation across the region.
‘Rann of Kutch fault line poses earthquake risk to Karachi’
Published by Dawn News on Thursday 25th July, 2017
Environment; Pakistan Metrological Department; Karachi
Karachi, Pakistan: While a serious tsunami threat from the Makran subduction zone looms over the Pakistan coast, one must not underestimate the threat from the Rann of Kutch fault which might have a devastating impact on Karachi, Badin and the Indian state of Gujarat. This information was shared by Zahid Rafi, the director, earth quake monitoring at the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) in Islamabad, at a seminar-current status of hazard preparedness and risk mitigation for potential tsunami along the coast of Pakistan.

Model school staff get time-scale promotion

Published by Daily the News on July 16, 2017

Labour Rights; Capital Administration and Development Division; Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan: On Saturday 15th July, 2017, the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has granted the time-scale promotion to 15 staff members of Islamabad’s model colleges, both men and women.
The development comes in light of the recommendation of the ‘Grant of Higher Time Scale Committee’ and subsequent approval of the CADD secretary.

Unpaid Steel Mills staffer commits suicide

Published by Daily the News on July 16, 2017

Labour Rights; Pakistan Steel Mills; Suicide

Pakistan: On Saturday 15th July, 2017, an unpaid staffer of Pakistan Steel Mills took his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in the laundry of his workplace.
Steel Town SHO Mujtaba Bajwa said Muhammad Moosa had been facing financial constraints and had to repay borrowed money.
The 37-year-old man ended his life during duty. His body was handed over to heirs for burial after the completion of legal formalities.

Pakistan to experience extreme temperatures, warns ADB

Published by Dawn News on Saturday 15th July, 2017

Environment; Asian Development Bank; Pollution; Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan: On Friday 14th July, 2017, an increase in temperature of six degrees Celsius has been projected for the Asian landmass by the end of the century, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
According to an ADB report, Pakistan is among the few countries which could experience significantly hotter climates with temperature projected to increase by eight degrees Celsius. Already 3.3 million people die every year due to the harmful effects outdoor air pollution, with Pakistan, India and Bangladesh being the top countries reporting such deaths.

Two transgender rights bills prepared by task force

Published by Dawn News on Friday 14th July, 2017

Transgender Rights; Abduction; Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan: On Thursday 13th July, 2017, a taskforce constituted by the Wafaqi Mohtasib has prepared to two bills on the protection of transgender people, which have been presented before the Senate.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2017 and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Criminal Law Amendment Act 2017 were prepared by the taskforce, which hopes to get the bills approved by parliament.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill covers various issues, including inheritance rights, the right to education, employment, voting, holding public office, health, assembly, access to public places and fundamental rights.
The Criminal Law Amendment Bill proposes action against the abduction of transgender people, sexual assault and assault or criminal force with intent to outrage their modesty. The bill also proposed strict action against the buying and selling of transgender individuals for the purpose of prostitution.

Man tortures wife to death

Published by Dawn News on Friday 14th July, 2017

Domestic Violence; Lahore

Lahore, Pakistan: On Thursday 13th July, 2017, a woman was tortured to death allegedly by her husband in Manga Mandi, Lahore.
Police said, Rehana 26, of Al Khalid Town, Multan road had some family disputes with her husband Saleem. Police said, the suspect allegedly tortured his wife and when she succumbed to her injuries, he tried to bury her without informing her parents. Police said, the suspect was making the funeral arrangements when a local alerted them. A Manga Mandi, Lahore, police team reached the spot, took the body into custody and shifted it to morgue of autopsy. Meanwhile, the suspect after seeing policemen fled the scene.

MPA’s daughter asserts she did not kill domestic helper

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2017

Labour Rights; Domestic Worker; Physical Abuse

Lahore, Pakistan: On Thursday 13th July, 2017, the daughter of a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA has proclaimed her innocence in the mysterious death of a 16-year-old domestic worker at her house, saying only an autopsy can unearth the facts.
“We did not torture him to death,” Fauzia, the daughter of Shah Jahan, asserted. The family of the deceased (Attiya) claimed that he and his sister had been complaining about abuse at the hands of Fauzia.
Akhtar’s father Muhammad Aslam registered an FIR against Fauzia under Section 302 of the PPC at the Akbari Gate police station. According to the FIR, Akhtar and Attiya were working as domestic staff at the accused’s house and both of them complained about the physical abuse meted out by their employer. However, the father insisted that the two stay put.
He later received information that his son’s health was deteriorating. Aslam claimed that when he came to visit the house, his daughter Attiya said Fauzia had beaten Akhtar with a club. The father said his son had also earlier claimed that the employer would torture him.

School teachers to protest against privatization

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2017

Labour Rights; Punjab Teachers Union; School Education Department

Lahore, Pakistan: On Thursday, July 13, 2017, various groups of school teachers in the province have once again vowed to take to the streets to protest against the government for action against school heads and failing to halt the privatization of educational institutions.
Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU), in its core committee meeting, discussed problems being faced by the teachers’ community and the commitments made by the School Education Department (SED) in a meeting organized on April 18 and May 15.
Members of the union further said 10,000 schools were being ‘privatized’ under the garb of outsourcing. On the other hand, public schools in the province only received partial funds from the non-salary budget (NSB) and school management committee (SMC) for the year 2016-17.
PTU members said the teachers were forced to take to the streets for their demands. They announced that if the government did not upgrade teachers’ scale by August 15, as per promises made to them, the community would hold protests outside press clubs in every district of the province on August 24.
Petitioners’ counsel advocate Nadeem Shaikh that blind teachers were deprived of their 30-month dues and the authorities concerned had not issued the same despite the courts

Mayor hands over job letters to heirs of 96 deceased employees

Published by Daily the News on July 13, 2017

Labour Rights; Heirs of Deceased Employees; Karachi Metropolitan Department; Fire Brigade

Karachi, Pakistan: On Wednesday 12th July, 2017, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar handed over appointment letters to heirs of 96 deceased employees of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) during a ceremony.
The heirs of the deceased employees were given jobs in various KMC departments, including parks & horticulture, CSR, Katchi Abadis, estate, finance & accounts, engineering, land, law, fire brigade and MPH.
The mayor congratulated the heirs on getting the appointment letters and expressed the hope that they would perform their duties honestly and by working hard to set an example for other employees.

Health insurance scheme for Govt employees

Published by Daily Dawn on July 12, 2017

Labour Rights; Health Insurance; Public Sector Employees

Peshawar, Pakistan: On Tuesday, 11th July, 2017, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has approved recommendations of the working group on health insurance scheme for the public sector employees of the province.
Under the scheme, 433,000 government employees would be given an option of availing of health care facilities under the health insurance card.

NCHD employees stage protest

Published by Daily Dawn on July 12, 2017

Labour Rights; Natinal Commission for Human Development; Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan: On Tuesday 11th July, 2017, Employees of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) took to the streets, demanding minimum salaries according to the law.
After staging a sit-in in front of the NCHD offices in Blue Area, the men and women, mostly teachers, including those from provincial offices, marched towards the National Press Club, where they also protested against the appointment of former senator, Razina Alam Khan, as chairperson, NCHD.
The protesters demanded that the contract employees should be regularized. However, a senior official of the NCHD said that the concerns of all the protesting employees were being addressed. “A new director general has been brought on board to sort out all administrative issues,” said the official.

Visually impaired persons hold demo for jobs quota implementation

Published by Daily Dawn on July 12, 2017

Labour Rights; Visually Impaired Persons; Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur, Pakistan: On Tuesday 11th July, 2017, the visually impaired persons held a demonstration in front of the offices of the commissioner and the assistant commissioner in protest against the authorities for not giving them jobs on quota.
Later reports claimed that Additional Deputy Commissioner Tanveer Jhandhir held a dialogue with the protesters to convince them to call off their protest.

Man kills sister, niece for ‘Honour’

Published by Dawn News on Wednesday 12th July, 2017

“Honour Killing”; Lahore

Lahore, Pakistan: On Tuesday 11th July, 2017, a man shot his sister and her 15 years old daughter dead for ‘honour’ in Badami Bagh. Police said, the woman had contracted fourth marriage with Zaheer Alam more than two months ago while her daughter was also living with her. Police said, Shahzad Mocha along with his two unidentified accompanies went to the house of his sister Bushra, in Sadaat Colony, the suspects allegedly tortured the woman and her daughter Noor Fiza and shoot them dead. The suspects riding a motorcycle fled the scene.

Woman falls victim to; 'Honor Killing'

Published by Daily Dawn News on 3rd July, 2017

'Honour Killing'; Chiniot

Chiniot, Pakistan: On Saturday 1st July, 2017, a man shot dead his sister on the pretext of saving the honor of his family. Suspected of relation with a man of locality and warned by her brother multiple times. Her brother along with his cousin and father killed her on Saturday. Police registered the FIR and arrested the accused.

Coalmine worker shot dead

Published by Daily the Dawn News on 5th July, 2017

Right to Life; Coalmine Worker; Quetta

Quetta, Pakistan: On Tuesday July 4, 2017, armed men gunned down a coalmine worker and injured two others the Marwar area of Bolan District, Quetta.

BNP-M Leader among four killed in two Quetta attacks

Published by Daily the Dawn News on 7th July, 2017

Right to Life; Target Killing; Quetta

Quetta, Pakistan: On Thursday 6th July, 2017, Malik Naveed Dehwar, a main leader of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and three others were killed in two gun attacks. Police investigating the incident from different angles, a Police Officer said it could be a case of target killing. In the other incident, two men were gunned down in the chashma Auchukzai area on the out skirts of Quetta.

‘Honor Killing’ incident

Published by Daily Dawn News on 7th July, 2017

'Honour Killing'; Bolan District, Balochistan

Bolan District, Balochistan, Pakistan: On Thursday 6th July, 2017, a man and a woman were gunned down in an honor-related attack in Subatpur district while two men lost their lives and another man received injuries over enmity in the Sanni area of Bolan district. Armed men opened fire on Farzana Bibi and her alleged Paramour Kajla Khan Bugti in Goth Dur Muhammad Bugti. Police Official said it is a case of “Honor Killing”.

Unregistered Afghans asked to leave Mohmand Agency

Published by Daily the Dawn News on 5th July, 2017

Violation of Refugees Rights

Mohmand Agency (FATA), Pakistan: On Tuesday 4th July, 2017, the Political administration of Mohmand Agency has ordered unregistered Afghan refugees, mostly living in Ekkaghund sub-division, to leave the tribal region within six days.

Sanitary workers now safe, but far from healthy

Published in the Express Tribune, July 5th, 2017

Labour Rights; Sanitary Workers; WASA; Lack of Necessary Health Measures

Lahore, Pakistan: On Tuesday 4th July, 2017 in addition to having to dispose the filth left behind by the city’s population, sanitary workers of Lahore are also risking their lives as they still lack the necessary health facilities to keep them safe. The workers complain that standard operating procedures recently issued for them by the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) is merely a cosmetic measure and proper medical care is the need of the hour.
WASA Phool Union CBA President Rana Muhammad Iqbal, while speaking to The Express Tribune, says most of the sanitary workers employed by the agency are suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases which they caught from sewers or drains. Some workers have even lost their lives on duty and finally machinery was introduced to clean the manholes.
“They catch various skin and respiratory diseases, but the company has still not paid any attention. On various occasions, the management promised to provide better healthcare facilities to workers, but they never fulfill their promises.” The agency recently introduced new SOPs which order all sanitary workers not to go into manholes without gas detectors and safety belts. It adds a few members of the staff must be available outside the manhole to deal with any emergency-like situation. WASA Managing Director Zahid Aziz reveals these SOPs will strictly be implemented to ensure the safety of all workers and has warned strict action against officials who show negligence on duty.

Pesco linemen asked to adopt safety measures

Published by Daily the Dawn News on July 5, 2017

Labour Rights; Peshawar Electric Supply Company

Peshawar, Pakistan: On Tuesday 4th July, 2017, on taking serious notice of increasing fatal incidents, the Peshawar Electric Supply Company chief has directed the technical staff to adopt precautionary measures to avoid electrocution, otherwise stern action will be taken against them. This was announced by Pesco Chief Executive Officer Engr Shabir Ahmed while speaking at a seminar at Wapda House, according to a statement. Fateha was offered for the employees who lost lives in line of duty. The CEO directed the Pesco technical staff to adopt precautionary measures to avoid electrocution and electric shocks for their own safety.
Public was also asked to send photos on Whats App of linemen not adopting safety measures.
It was decided that in case of first fatal accident sub-divisional chairman, line superintendent, SDO and executive engineer would be placed under suspension, and in case of the second fatal accident, all these officials would be terminated from service.

Pensioners’ payment embezzlement case: SC grants bail to two accused

Published by Daily the News on July 5, 2017

Labour Rights; NAB; Pensioners

Islamabad, Pakistan: On Tuesday 4th July, 2017, The Supreme Court granted bail of two accused involved in alleged corruption of Rs150 million in the payment of pensioners.
A two-member bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan heard the appeal against the Sindh High Court decision moved by the seven accused seeking bail in references filed by the NAB.
The bench granted bail to Hamida Khanum and Munthar Ali while rejecting bail application of five including Muhammad Arif, Abdullah, Khan Muhammad, Wajid Bubber and Imtiaz.
NAB arrested seven employees of Habib Bank Ltd and account office in alleged embezzlement in the payment of the pensioners Naushehro Feroze, a district in the province of Sindh. The accused persons approached Sindh High Court seeking bail in the reference which was rejected by the court and ultimately they moved appeal in the Supreme Court.

PTDC appoints heirs of deceased employees

Published by Daily the News on July 5, 2017

Labour Rights; Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation; Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: On Tuesday 4th July, 2017, appointment letters issued to heirs of eight deceased Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) employees under Prime Minister’s Assistance Package. PTDC Managing Director Ch. Abdul Ghafoor Khan distributed the letters of appointment to these candidates in a ceremony July 4 at PTDC Head Office. While speaking on the occasion Ch. Ghafoor said that government under dynamic leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is committed to welfare of government employees as well as the general public. He directed the employees to perform their duties with hard work and devotion and brighten the memories of their late fathers.
These appointments have been made under Prime Minister’s Special Assistance Packages for deceased employees. Some of PTDC’s employees died during their service in PTDC; therefore, Ch. Abdul Ghafoor made special efforts to appoint their heirs to compensate their loss.

4,000 special persons get jobs in Punjab

Published by Daily the News on July 6, 2017

Labour Rights; Special Persons; Technical Training Programme

Lahore, Pakistan: On Wednesday 5th July, 2017, Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said the government is paying special attention to special persons under the leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Technical training for special persons is a historical step by the government and it will secure future of special persons. The government has promoted culture of Public Private Partnership for the betterment of common people, he said and added private sector earns profit under this partnership and public gets facilities that is why the Punjab government is promoting it. He said 4,000 special persons got jobs due to Social Welfare Department. Purpose of technical training programmes is to make them professional.

WWB workers observe sit-in

Published by Daily Dawn on July 6, 2017

Labour Rights; Employees of Workers Welfare Board; Lack of Promotions

Peshawar, Pakistan: On Wednesday 5th July, 2017, the employees of Workers Welfare Board on observed a sit-in outside the Peshawar Press Club against the delay in regularization of their service, lack of promotions and sacking of thousands of workers. The protest camp was arranged by the All Pakistan Workers Welfare Board Employees Union, where the participants had displaced banners and placards inscribed with their demands. On the occasion, the union leaders blamed both the provincial and federal governments for not meeting their demands for the last four years.

MQM lawmaker withdraws bail plea in Baldia factory fire case

Published by Daily Dawn on July 6, 2017

Labour Rights; Baldia Factory Fire Case; MQM

Karachi, Pakistan: On Wednesday 5th July, 2017, Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Rauf Siddiqui withdrew his bail application in the Baldia factory fire case as police did not charge-sheet him for want of sufficient evidence. Over 250 workers died in the multistory garment factory fire in Baldia Town in September 2012. When the case came up for hearing before ATC-VII at the Karachi Central Prison on July 5, the MQM leader, through his lawyer Shaukat Hayat, moved an application seeking withdrawal of his bail application. When the court asked Special Public Prosecutor Sajid Mehboob Shaikh about his opinion, he said it was the prerogative of an accused to withdraw his bail nor not. He added that the police wrote the applicant’s name in column two of the last charge sheet with blue ink and the court could summon him if sufficient evidence surfaced against him in future. Later, the applicant withdrew the bail application and the court adjourned the hearing of the case till July 29.

Rickshaw union leaders ‘detained for protesting’

Published by Daily Dawn on July 6, 2017

Labour Rights; Gujrat Municipal Corporation; Rikshaw Union

Gujrat, Pakistan: On Wednesday 5th July, 2017 Police detained leaders of the local rickshaw union after two consecutive days of protest against levy of the Rs10 parking fee on rickshaws and motorcycle-rickshaws at around a dozen commercial and public places. A senior police officer told Dawn that two leaders of Pasban Rickshaw Union, including President Shahbaz Saeed and Ishtiaq Ahmed, had been detained by the B division police however no case had so far been lodged against them. He added that the police were waiting for a formal application by the Gujrat Municipal Corporation (GTMC) to register a case against the detained protesters and until then they had been taken into protective custody. Police sources said both protesters were taken into custody on the wishes of senior management of GTMC for allegedly challenging the imposition of parking fee as well as staging “aggressive street protests” against the civic agency.
They said negotiations between the corporation officials and rickshaw union was under way to resolve the issue of parking fee.
On July 4, staff of the parking fee collection firm had forcibly charged road tax from rickshaw drivers in the name of parking fee and allegedly tortured some drivers over refusal to pay it. The infuriated drivers resorted to a protest that resulted in a traffic jam throughout the day.

Minister briefed on implementation of Women Package

Published by Daily The News on July 6, 2017

Labour Rights; Women Package; PITB

Lahore, Pakistan: On Wednesday 5th July, 2017, Punjab Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheed-ud-din chaired a meeting for implementation of Women Package. Provincial Secretary Bushra Aman, Addl Secretary Nadir Khalique, Deputy Secretary Amna Rafique, Director Azhar Munir and representatives of departments concerned attended the meeting. Provincial Secretary Bushra Aman briefed the participants regarding different features and initiatives of Women Package 2017 which includes formulation of Provincial Gender Policy, existing Mobile Units with all basic facilities for screening breast cancer among women in rural areas, SME Business trainings for women entrepreneurs, IT training by WDD through PITB ,Skill Development of 40,000 female students with monthly stipends of Rs 1,000 each, interest free micro finance loans to females to start businesses through CM’s Self Employment Scheme in 2017-18, provision of bus stops with designated waiting spaces for women in urban and rural areas and establishment of Women Business Incubation Centres in Chambers of Commerce and Industries in eight cities and “One Stop” platform for women led businesses.
The meeting was informed that IT training has been imparted in women colleges identified by the WDD. The meeting was briefed that the draft of Gender Policy had been circulated among the stakeholders. The meeting was informed that construction of a model ladies’ washroom at civil secretariat has been completed.

FIA arrests eight ‘human traffickers’

Published by Daily Dawn on July 10, 2017

Human Trafficking; FIA; Gujranwala

Gujranwala, Pakistan: On Sunday 9th July, 2017, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested eight proclaimed offenders involved in human trafficking in a targeted operation across the region. Deputy Director Khalid Anees told Dawn he constituted a five-member team headed by Assistant Director Chaudhry Sarwar and comprising inspectors Sajjad Bajwa, Waqar Awan, Mohsin Waheed Butt, and Khazir Hayat.
The team conducted raids at different areas of the region and arrested suspects involved in human trafficking.

International Human Rights News

Afghan Refugees demand replacement of political attaché

Published by Dawn News on Thursday August 17, 2017

Rights of Refugees; Peshawar; Afghanistan

Peshawar, Pakistan: On Wednesday August 16, 2017, the elders of Afghan refugees staying in different parts of KPK have blamed the political attaché, Abdul Hamid Khalili, for working against the interests of Afghan nationals and demanded his immediate replacement. Afghan Refugees Union President Haibat Shah Pashtun alleged that the attaché instead of fulfilling his official duty was creating problems for the refugees and minting money through different tactics in their name. He further alleged that funds of millions of rupees meant for promotion of education for Afghan children were embezzled by Mr Khalili in connivance with a high official. He urged the government of Pakistan and Afghanistan to immediately remove Mr Khalili from his post.

Registration of undocumented Afghans has been started on Wednesday

Published by Dawn News on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Registration of Refugees; Afghan Nationals

Peshawar, Pakistan: On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, countrywide registration of undocumented Afghan nationals has been started and would continue till the end of December. Director General Commissionerate Afghan Refugees (CAR) said that approximately one million Afghan nationals, who were residing in Pakistan without legal documents would be registered.

Paris police evicts 2,500 migrants from makeshift camp under ‘new’ procedures 

Published by Russia Today News on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Refugees News; Migrants; Africa; France

Paris, France: Almost 2,500 migrants of mainly African origin have been evicted from a makeshift camp in Paris. This was the 35th such operation in Paris over the past 2 years, but the first to be conducted under “new” rules. They were taken to 18 refugee centers across the French capital. Shortly after 6am on 15th August, around 350 policemen embarked on an operation to clear the makeshift facility around the Porte de la Chappelle area of the 2,459 migrants who had set up camp.

Three killed after white supremacist rally in US

Published by Dawn News on Monday, August 14, 2017

White Supremacist Rally; Charlottesville; Intolerance

Washington, America: On Friday August 11, 2017, the violence began in United States when hundreds of white supremacists from across the United States descended on the city known for its liberal values with torches symbolizing slave-burning and vowed to protect white supremacy. They were protesting against the city’s decision to remove the statute of a confederate general who fought against Abraham Lincoln in the civil war.
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, President Donald Trump’s statement that hate “on many sides” caused violence further increased tensions as the US media blamed him for encouraging intolerance.
In the afternoon on Saturday, a car ploughed through a crowd of counter protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others. Police arrested 20-year-old Ohio resident James Alex Fields Jr., who has been charged with second-degree murder and faced other charges. Media reports claimed that he belonged to a white supremacist group in Ohio.
A second incident occurred when a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed near the rally’s site, killing both men aboard.
On Sunday August 13, 2017, the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, remained tensed a day after three people were killed in incidents related to a white supremacist rally.

600 migrants rescued off Spanish coast within 24 hours

Published by Russia Today News on Monday, August 14, 2017

Refugees; Asylum Seekers; North Africa; Spain

Spain: The number of people trying to reach Spain from North Africa has at least tripled this year. Spanish coastguards have reported rescuing almost 600 people in just one day, while the UN expects the country to overtake Greece as the second primary route for asylum seekers.

Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants and Sea level

Published by Dawn News on Friday August 11, 2017

Global Climate change; Environment; USA

Washington, United States of America: On Thursday August 10, 2017 a global climate report said that the Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted. Annual State of the Climate Report stated, a range of key climate and weather indicators show that the planet is growing increasingly warm and shows no signs of slowing down. 

Germany to resume sending migrants back to Greece

Published by Russia Today News on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Refugees; Asylum Seekers; EU’s Asylum Rules; Greece; Germany

Germany: On Monday, August 7, 2017, Russia Today News anchor reported that Germany will start returning asylum seekers to Greece in a move that will end a five-year suspension of the EU’s asylum rules. 

Red alert: Heat wave Lucifer grills Europe as study says heat may kill 150K Europeans a year by 2100

Published by Russia Today News on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Environment; European Forecast Network; Heat Wave ‘Lucifer’

Europe: On Friday, August 4, 2017, European forecast network said that ten southern and central European countries have declared a red alert after heat wave ‘Lucifer’ caused temperatures to skyrocket over 40?, with scientists warning that the extreme heat could end up killing 152,000 people a year by 2100. Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia are on red alert. 

Hundreds demand closure of Israeli embassy in Jordan after shooting of teenager

Published by Russia Today News on Friday, August 4, 2017

Shooting; Jordanian- Israeli Peace Treaty; Jordan; Israel

Jordan: On Thursday, August 3, 2017, hundreds of Jordanians staged protests outside the Israeli embassy in Amman, demanding the dissolution of the Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty among other demands. Their action follows from a week-old shooting incident that left two Jordanians dead.

Sexual harassment, assaults at Aussie universities hit ‘unacceptable rates’ 

Published by Russia Today News on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sexual Harassment on Campus; AHRC; Australia

Australia: On Monday 31st August, 2017, a new survey by the Australia’s Human Rights Commission (AHRC) revealed that over half of university students in Australia were sexually harassed in 2016, with one in every four students experiencing the harassment on campus or travelling to and from college.

France’s lower house approves proposed labor reform
Published by Russia Today News on Wednesday 2nd August, 2017
Labour reforms in France
France: On Tuesday 1st August, 2017 France’s lower house of parliament has given its green light to President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed labor reform, a highly sensitive issue in the country. The bill, adopted Tuesday by 421 votes against 74 at the National Assembly, allows the government to use a special procedure to pass the reform more quickly. It is expected to get the definitive vote by the Senate on Thursday. The government wants to cap the financial penalty for companies sued for firing employees and to give businesses more flexibility to define internal working rules. Details are to be unveiled in late August and the government is planning to pass the series of measures by the end of September. Protests are already scheduled in September, with some unions saying the reforms weaken workers' protection.
Sexual harassment, assaults at Aussie universities hit ‘unacceptable rates’ – survey

Published by Russia Today News on Tuesday 1st August, 2017
Sexual harassment, assault
France: HRW said in a paper on Tuesday 1st August 2017 that over a half of university students in Australia were sexually harassed in 2016, with one in every four students experiencing the troubling trend in a university or travelling to and from college, a new survey by the country’s Human Rights Commission (AHRC) revealed.
“Incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment are occurring at unacceptable rates at Australian universities,” being “far too prevalent in university settings as they are in the broader community,” Kate Jenkins, AHRC’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, said in the paper, released on Tuesday.
Major violation of fundamental rights’

Published by Russia Today News on 1st August, 2017
Right to Privacy
Berlin, Germany: On 31st July, 2017, Berlin data protection commissioner, Maja Smoltczyk, told RBB that the initiative is causing major concern and unease among German data protection authorities who questioned its legality and warned it could result in human rights violations.
“A considerable danger lies in the fact that an extensive data on the movements of ordinary citizens could be collected [through the use of this software] and the right for the freedom from surveillance in public could be thrown into question her words were partly echoed by the German Federal Data Protection Commissioner Andrea Vosshoff, who told DW that “it would be a major violation of fundamental rights” should these systems be put “into actual use.

France must provide Calais migrants with water, toilets & showers –Top court
Published by Russia Today News on 31st July, 2017
Migrants Rights
France: On 31st July 2017, the country’s highest administrative court has ruled that the French government must provide migrants sleeping rough in the city of Calais with water and sanitation facilities. Authorities have warned that could lead to emergence of new ‘Jungle’-type camp.
HRW, Amnesty say US surveillance infringes on fundamental rights, urges EU to rethink cooperation

Published by Russia Today News on 29th July, 2017
International human rights organizations have appealed to the European Commission asking it to “re-evaluate” its Privacy Shield agreement on personal data transferring with Washington. The US surveillance practices do not comply with EU laws and standards, they claim.
HRW, Amnesty say US surveillance infringes on fundamental rights, urges EU to rethink cooperation the United States of America does not ensure a level of fundamental rights protection regarding the processing of personal data that is essentially equivalent to that guaranteed within the European Union,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) stated in a joint letter earlier this week.
Having addressed the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova, AI and HRW “urged” the European Commission to reconsider its 2016 agreement with Washington, aimed at protecting the personal data of citizens on both continents.
World concerned about Indian minorities: Foreign Office
Published by Dawn News on Friday 28th July, 2017
Minorities Rights
Islamabad, Pakistan: On Thursday 27th July, 2017, the internation community remains deeply concerned over minorities oppression in India causing dozens of killings of Muslims and peoples belonging to other communities by extremist groups, says the foreign office.
Foreign office spokesperson Nafees Zahariya said that oppression of Non-Hindus in India was on the rise for the past few years. People belonging to minority communities including Muslims, Christians and Dalits have been lynched for trading, consuming or even transporting beef by the proponents of Hindutva.

SAHR Declaration on Peace, Security and Protection of Human Rights at Borders in South Asia

Published by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on 19th July, 2017

SAHR Declaration of Human Rights

South Asia: On 7th and 8th July, 2017 the South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has issued the following declaration on peace and protection of human rights along borders in South Asia.
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) convened a Round Table Discussion on ‘Peace, Security, and Protection of Human Rights at Borders in South Asia’ on 7 and 8 July 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Civil society representatives from South Asia entailing researchers, activists and former government officials participated in this systematic discussion at the regional level on border related issues to identify priority areas for further collaborative action and to discuss methods for the promotion of meaningful contribution of women in the mainstream security discourse; and recommend region-wide strategies to respond to border related issues. The Round Table was also a follow up to the regional level research carried out by SAHR on the impact of human rights violations of the people living in the borders on their lives and livelihood.
We urge the governments of the South Asian states:
To bring an immediate end to all border killings; and ensure state security forces respect and safeguard the right to life and to a fair trial, of all.
To uphold the voluntary right of return of refugees, the stateless, and people displaced by conflicts, and adhere to the principle of non-refoulement.
To protect the right to mobility, assurance of dignity and right to work as well as physical safety, basic amenities and adequate wages which should be given to migrants, and to end their slave-like treatment regardless of their nationality and legal status; as well as the rights of those who have been trafficked, especially women and children.
To ensure free movement of peoples in the region, encouraging and facilitating easier people-to-people contact and communication, towards a visa-free South Asia. To ensure national security laws are consistent with international human rights standards and do not victimise individuals and groups on the basis of their nationality, known or presumed HIV/AIDS status, religion, culture, political belief, gender, caste, ethnicity, language and sexual orientation and gender identity.
To guarantee that fishermen/fish labourers (of the trawlers) trespassing the maritime boundaries to be prosecuted under relevant laws and repatriated immediately; if they are detained their rights to have legal representation, due legal process without avoidable delays, necessary facilities and treatment during their detention period and communication with families to be protected.
To pursue a No Arrest Policy on traditional fishermen trespassing the maritime borders.
To heed the international obligations as a duty bearer to conventions on human rights and the conservation of environment and protection of biodiversity in planning and implementing bi-lateral development projects such as the Coal Power Plant at Rampal, Bangladesh; we urge our Governments not to support or undertake any such projects that are deemed to be in violation of the above.
To ensure the people’s right to information and knowledge on the range and complexity of border issues in the SAARC region.
To renew the SAARC Charter, according to the changing needs and aspirations of South Asian peoples in the 21st century, including the peaceful resolution of human rights and human security issues in the region.
To facilitate the meaningful participation of the diversity of South Asian civil society in all SAARC processes, programmes and official summit.
To host the much delayed SAARC summit within 2017; and to ensure that it is conducted on a regular basis thereafter.

1000s in Warsaw protest reforms giving Polish MPs sway over judiciary

Published by Russia Today News on 17th July, 2017

Rule of Law

Poland: On Sunday 16th July, 2017, thousands of people flocked to the Polish Parliament building to voice opposition to the overhaul of the judiciary citing concerns that the new measures erodes judicial independence and encroaches on the rule of law.
Activists brandished EU and Polish national flags chanting “shame, shame” and “in defense of the courts” as they descended onto the streets of central Warsaw to rally against the draft bill.
The new measures, spearheaded by the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), will empower Parliament and the justice minister to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. The proposed legislation also envisions that the serving Supreme Court judges would be forced to retire once the new legislation comes into effect.
Critics of the measures consider it to be an assault on the Supreme Court, which among other issues, is tasked with confirming the validity of election results, and say it will dissolve the established separation of powers enshrined in the constitution.
The debate on the bill, introduced by PiS in Parliament Thursday, is scheduled to begin this Tuesday.
A separate bill, passed at the behest of PiS Friday, puts Parliament in charge of the choosing members of The National Council of the Judiciary (KRS).
The KRS ensures the courts and judges are independent, oversees the compliance with the code of ethical conduct by courts, and reviews the candidacy of potential judges. Members were previously selected by professional associations of judges before being appointed by the president.

Maids riot at luxury high-rise reignites debate over domestic labour in India

Published by Dawn News on Monday 17th July, 2017

Labour Rights

New Delhi, India: On Sunday 16th July, 2017 a violent protest by maids at a luxury high rise in India and its bitter aftermath have rekindled debate about the treatment meted out to the growing ranks of domestic workers in the country.
Dozens of angry maids burst through the gates of the Mahagun Moderne apartment complex just outside the capital, hurling stones and breaking windows under the belief that a fellow domestic worker had been held by her employer there against her will in a pay dispute, police said.
It has also prompted calls for India to re-examine its attitudes and policies about its more than four million domestic workers, many of whom work long hours for low wages with little legal protection.

UK to toughen punishments for acid attacks

Published by Dawn News on Monday 17th July, 2017

Review of the law on acid attacks

London, Britain: On Sunday 16th July, 2017 Britain will look at tougher punishments for people who attack others using acid, interior minister Amber Rudd said after a spate of incidents in London in recent months. “It will include a wide ranging review of the law enforcement and criminal justice response of existing legislation, of access to harmful products and of the support offered to victims”

London acid attacks: Men on mopeds hurl substance at five victims in 90-minute rampage, say police

Published by Independent News on 14th July, 2017

Acid attacks across London

London, England: On Thursday 13th July, 2017, two men on a mopeds carried out five acids attacks during a spree across London which lasted less than 90 minutes, police said. The Metropolitan Police said one victim had been left with "life-changing" injuries after being doused on Thursday night in the east of the capital. The assaults appeared to be linked and two involved victims having their mopeds stolen, they added.

Italy’s new rules for NGO rescue vessels blasted by Amnesty, HRW

Published by Russia Today News on 13th July, 2017

Refugees Rights

Italy: On Wednesday 12th July, 2017, the Italian government has drawn up a draft plan to limit migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International claim the measures are punitive and would severely endanger lives.

‘Humanity can’t continue to lose out to politics’ – UN relief chief makes plea to save Yemen

Published by Russia Today News on 13th July, 2017

Save Yemen (Save Yemen from infringement of their fundamental Rights)

United Nations Official: On Wednesday 12th July, 2017 the top UN humanitarian official has condemned opposing forces in Yemen’s civil war and their allies for destroying its health system and fueling a major cholera outbreak. He called for an immediate end to the air and sea blockade of the country.

‘Collective punishment & war crimes’: HRW condemns forced relocation of ISIS families in Iraq

Published by Russia Today News on 13th July, 2017

Violation of Civil Rights

Iraq: On Wednesday 12th July 2017 Forced relocations of alleged Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists’ families to a “rehabilitation camp” in Iraq are an act of collective punishment, Human Rights Watch has stated. RT spoke to an HRW member who visited the camp.

Hundreds killed in Central Africa war crimes

Published by Daily Dawn News on 6th July, 2017

Violation of Right to Life

Central Africa: On Wednesday 5th July, 2017, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed Hundreds of civilian in an unfettered spree of bloodletting. The killings has occurred “With Whole sale impunity”, over the past two years, hundreds of witnesses told Human Rights Watch of brazen war crimes committed by Seleka and anti-balaka fighters across the center and eastern parts of the Central African Republic

European Union ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood

Published by Dawn News on Friday July 7, 2017

Refugees Rights

On Thursday 6th July, 2017: EU interior ministers pledged to back an urgent European Commission plan to help crisis-hit Italy, which has been over-whelmed by a wave of migrants arriving by sea from North Africa. Ministers from across the Bloc gathered in the Estonian capital Tallinn after Italy, which has accepted around 85,000 of the 100,000 people who have arrived this year, appealed desperately for help

Migrants set Greek refugee camp ablaze during protest against living conditions

Published by Russia Today News on Monday 10th Jul, 2017

Refugees Rights

Greek Island of Lesbos: On Monday 10th July, 2017, a large refugee camp located on the Greek island of Lesbos has been set on fire during a protest staged by the migrants and refugees accommodated at the facility, who expressed their discontent with the poor living conditions at the center.

100 companies produce 71% of global emissions

Published by Russia Today Times on 10th July, 2017

Environmental News

Some 71 per cent of global emissions are produced by just 100 companies, a new greenhouse gases (GHG) study has found. In a Carbon Majors report, CDP, formerly known of the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the Climate Accountability Institute, outed many of the worst corporate offenders when it comes to pollution. The study claims the contribution of fossil fuels to global of warming has “doubled,” while just 100 companies have caused 71 per cent of methane and carbon dioxide emissions since 1988.

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