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Paquistán: ¡Firma la Petición! Protege a las Defensoras de los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres en Paquistán, especialmente, en las áreas tribales bajo administración federal (FATA)

July 9, 2012

Es extremadamente grave que se permita a las fuerzas regresivas extremistas perpetuar el reino del terror sobre la población tribal, especialmente, sobre las mujeres que se desempeñan en servicios públicos. Además del hecho de que estos elementos son identificables, las autoridades de gobierno han fallado totalmente en hacer valer y respetar el Estado de Derecho. Las omisiones del Estado y su inactividad de cara al asesinato y a las amenazas en contra de las personas han resultado en la completa impunidad para aquellos que cometen este tipo de actos terroristas, con consecuencias fatales para sus víctimas.

Pakistan: Signez la pétition soutenant les femmes défenseures des droits humains au Pakistan

July 9, 2012

Le 4 Juillet 2012, cette jeune femme de 25 ans a été prise en embuscade et abattue devant sa résidence à Hayatabad, Khyber Agency, une zone tribale de la région FATA. Selon les rapports de presse, il parait évident que Farida Afridi a été assassinée parce qu'elle était une femme défenseure des droits humains qui s’impliquait dans une organisation non gouvernementale (SAWERA) travaillant pour le bien-être des femmes des communautés tribales.

Pakistan: Killing of NGO worker Farida Afridi in Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber Agency

July 9, 2012

Women's Action Forum (WAF) Lahore is deeply disturbed by the shocking news of the killing of Ms. Farida Afridi in the Khyber Agency. It is evident from news reports that she was killed because she was a woman human rights defender associated with a non-government organization working for the welfare of tribal women. This is not the first killing of a human rights defender in the tribal area and it sends a chilling message to the whole community of civil society organizations working for people’s rights and for their development and welfare.

Pakistan: Protect Pakistan’s leading human rights activist Asma Jahangir from state agency plots to assassinate her

June 12, 2012

Security leaks have brought to light a plot to kill human rights defender Asma Jahangir - former UN Special Rapporteur for Religious Freedom and the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Jahangir has been a vocal and outspoken leader of the human rights movement in Pakistan for over 30 years and is respected both within Pakistan and the international community. Sign the petition here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Protect_Pakistans_leading_human_rights_...

Pakistan: Ensure safety of Asia Bibi and her family and repeal Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

November 19, 2010

The International Solidarity Network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) is deeply shocked that a court in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, has sentenced a 45-year-old Christian woman, Asia Bibi, to death on the charge of having committed “blasphemy”. Although illiterate, she has been accused of denying the institution of prophet-hood by citing copious examples from the key texts of Islam. We join local human rights organizations, international women’s groups and religious minorities in calling for Pakistan to urgently repeal its Blasphemy Laws. We also appeal to the authorities to guarantee the safety of Asia Bibi and her family from the rage of local extremists, as well as investigate the violent persecution of the Christian community in the Punjab.

URGENT: PAKISTAN: Shirkat Gah Appeals for Support in Relief Work

August 19, 2010

URGENT Action: Shirkat Gah Appeals for Support in Relief Work

Pakistan is facing yet another emergency situation due to severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall. According to the Pakistani government, this has affected twenty million people so far. After visiting the flood stricken areas, a visibly upset UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, said “This has been a heart-wrenching day for me. In the past, I have visited many natural disasters, but I have never seen anything like this.”

Pakistan: Outrage at Kala Dhaka Jirga's rajm "judgement"

July 8, 2010

 Khawateen Mahaz-e-Amal (Women’s Action Forum – National) is outraged at reports of yet another “judgement” (sic) of Rajm (stoning to death) for “illicit relations” (sic), pronounced by a self-styled Jirga in Kala Dhaka, on an accusation that a man and a woman were seen walking together in a field in Madakhail.

PAKISTAN: A Hindu girl has been abducted by a landlord and forcibly converted to Islam; the authorities have refused to intervene.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the abduction of a 15-year-old Hindu girl in October last year. Police and state officials refused to look into the case. After the victim was found in captivity with her parents' employer – a local landlord – they were told that she had married and converted to Islam, however they were not able to speak with her alone and she has since disappeared again without trace. There are extremely strong fears for her safety, and strong concerns that the Punjab authorities are indulging in extreme negligence of their duties to protect minors.

Pakistan: Young couple faces murder in the name of "honour"

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a young couple has been threatened with death because they married without the permission of their parents. (AHRC)

Powerful persons of the tribe in question, with the support of police authorities have killed a prominent journalist and injured the younger brother of the bride groom who were hiding the couple. The police have not arrested any of the killers, even after three months. The alleged murderers, who were mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR), are roaming around freely. The couple is hiding in different places but is in serious danger as the tribal people are following them.