My TEDx talk is in now available online. In this TEDx talk I shared a part of my life that I usually talk less about but has inspired most of my work on countering radicalisation and building peace. It's about my own journey of getting indoctrinated with ideology of violence, from the wish to be a Jihadi to becoming a peace activist and helping other young people become responsible citizens. Gulalai Ismail
After Movement for Independence of Judiciary, a negative attitude of Senior Lawyers and Senior Judiciary has emerged. They considered themselves beyond Law. Judges of apex Judiciary pass insulting and biased remarks. Senior Lawyers also follow them. Today In Lahore High Court a Young Female Lawyer who is Assistant of Asma Jehangir ( A well reputed Human Rights Activist) was appearing to defend the rights of a woman. Some senior lawyers who are perpetrators of violation of Human Rights of a woman, openly abused the young female lawyer and tried to stop her for defending rights of woman who is victim of actions of a senior Lawyer. The Judiciary is in compromise and silent in this case. Pakistan NGOs Forum stands with young female Lawyer as she is Women Human Rights Defender
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the ‘enforced disappearances’ of four political activists in Badin district over the weekend.
According to a statement issued by HRCP Chairperson Dr Mehdi Hassan on Monday, the commission stated: “HRCP is appalled to learn of the abduction of four political activists from four different villages in Badin district, late Saturday and early Sunday.
“While there is the obvious concern of the families for the victims’ sa...fety and early recovery, HRCP is particularly alarmed over political activists being picked up from different villages in a coordinated manner” the statement indicated.
The commission deplored that a clampdown on activists because of their political affiliation and identity goes against the very essence of democracy.
The HRCP demands the immediate and safe recovery of the victims, including Ghulam Raza Jarwar, Ali Ahmed Bughio, Shadi Khan Soomro and Abdul Aziz Gurghaiz, and a detailed probe into the actions of the perpetrators.
Earlier, the family of abducted persons, representatives of civil society, human rights activists and others also protested against the abduction of the four persons of Badin, while civil society organisations and others have also strongly condemned enforced disappearances of writer and human rights defender Ghulam Raza Jarwar and others and termed this an illegal and unlawful act.
They appealed to the chief of army staff, chief justice, prime minister, interior minister, and provincial authorities to take the immediate notice of disappearances of their relatives and they demanded all those taken away must be released, and if they were involved in any ill activities against the country than forces must produce them in the courts.
Pakistan is a State that promotes religious fanaticism. Recently we witnessed that a Judge of High Court spoke against the right to religion and Expression and in the past, he presented tributes to the killer of Salman Taseer Ex-Governor Punjab. The Governor was killed by his guard on the allegation of blasphemy. All the State organs and the Education system are promoting religious extremism and Fanaticism.
On one side Pakistan Army has started so called Military operatio...ns against the Terrorists but on the other side the entire society has been Talibanized and Terrorist. Everyone has become militant and religious extremists. The Rulers, Students, Politicians, Media, Judges and Law enforcing agencies all have become religious Extremists and fanatics.
Pakistan has become the most dangerous State for Free thinkers. The State agencies are making negative remarks against them and mobilize the masses to take direct actions against the people coming from religious minorities.
On one side the State has started sever actions against the bloggers and Free thinkers and on the other hand religious extremists can brutally kill any person on the charges of Blasphemy.
Yesterday a young brilliant student was attacked by a mob and brutally killed in the Mardan University. It is the real face of Pakistani Society, a heaven for terrorists and a hill for free thinkers.
Mardan lynching: HRCP calls for justice, steps to stop brutalization of society
Lahore, April 14: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed grave alarm over a student’s lynching by a mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan on Thursday. It has urged effective steps to bring all those involved to justice and to tackle the panic and horror among citizens, especially students and the academia, in the aftermath of the barbaric murder.
In a statement issued o...n Friday, the Commission said: “The brutal killing of the young student in Mardan, and serious injuries to another, offers evidence, although none was needed, of what a blood-thirsty society we have become. It shows how easily the name of religion can be invoked, however unfounded that might be, to kill with abandon. More than anything else, it shows that the state’s resolve to protect citizens from senseless violence consistently falls far short of the resolve of those using the name of religion to massacre human beings. This deserves condemnation beyond words.
“HRCP is greatly saddened that such hair-raising brutality unfolded in a place of higher learning, where students are expected to be tolerant of others’ views. For that is what makes a free exchange of ideas possible.
“The state’s abject failure to protect Mashal Khan’s right to life has created great panic and horror among students and academia. Unless all those who played any part in Mashal’s brutal murder are brought to justice, such barbarity will only spread.
“The malaise that manifested itself in Mardan will not vanish with brief shuttering of the university. All those who believe in positive human values must speak out and suggest ways to prevent vigilantes causing mayhem by using the name of religion. Staying quiet in the face of such barbarism will condemn us all as accomplices.”
Dr. Mehdi Hassan
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)
107-Tipu Block, New Garden Town, Lahore - 54600
Phone: (92-42) 35845969 Fax: (92-42) 35883582
When the whole machinery of Pakistan unite against NGOs; the bureaucracy, judiciary, media and the parliament. One state pillar trying to cut off their access to funding, other pillar want to see if they can be tried under blasphemy laws. Why so much insecurity from NGOs, free thinkers and liberals? Because we want to follow Chinese Governance system with no civic freedoms since we are now partners in CPEC so it's important to curb all independent voices. Gulalai Ismail
Pre- UPR Consultation in Islamabad.
Pakistan NGOs Forum organized Pre-UPR Consultation in Islamabad on February 16 in Hill View Hotel Islamabad.
UPR is a state-driven process, which reviews the human rights records of all UN member states once every four to five years, providing an opportunity for states to demonstrate what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries. It is one of the key human rights accountability mechanisms of the Council, which reminds states of their responsibility to fully promote and respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms within their territory and jurisdiction
The Dangerous Drift
Pakistan NGOs Forum is organizing Pre UPR Consultation in collaboration with CIVICUS in Islamabad on Feb 16.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a state-driven process, which reviews the human rights records of all UN member states once every four to five years, providing an opportunity for states to demonstrate what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries. It is one of the key human rights accountability mechanisms of the Human ...Rights Council, which reminds states of their responsibility to fully promote and respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms within their territory and jurisdiction. Pakistan's last UPR outcome was adopted in March 2013. The third cycle review of Pakistan is expected to take place in April 2017.
The primary objective of the consultation is to provide an opportunity for the civil society actors to determine concerted strategies to engage in the UPR process. The consultation will address human rights commitments made by Pakistan and will examine issues related to creating a safe and enabling environment for civil society including the rights to freedoms of expression, assembly and association and protection of human rights defenders.
We have come to know that Government of Punjab has started maligned actions and propaganda against SAP-Pk. We are of the view that SAP-Pk is a well reputed Organisation in the society and it has played an active role in strengthening Civil Society of Pakistan. Pakistan NGOs Forum strongly condemns the baseless propaganda and negative campaign against SAP-Pk and firmly stand with the SAP-Pk, its staff and partners.
We are there to support SAP-Pk and stand with SAP-Pk on this unfortunate occasion.
Our Powerful Sections are really the weakest one . I do not say it but the actions of powerful sections show and prove it. The powerful Sections of Pakistan are even afraid of some bloggers. Some Flatterers are singing songs of their bravery. Guns can promote terror and Fear but these can not make some one brave. But people say the weapons make a man coward.