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‘This was never our war’: Mazari slams US for singling out Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari lashed out at the American legislators for tabling a bill in the US Senate seeking imposition of sanctions on the Afghan Taliban that could also potentially extend to Pakistan. In a series of

UN launches investigation into whether Israel, Hamas committed crimes

GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed to launch an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The independent investigation will have a broad mandate to look into all alleged

Muslim countries seek UNHRC probe into possible crimes in Gaza

GENEVA: Muslim countries are calling on the United Nations to investigate possible crimes committed during the 11-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian military group Hamas and to establish command responsibility. The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special

Human rights violation in US – III

The US Human Rights Violations 2020 report released by the Chinese government also provides a detailed overview of the ongoing racial discrimination, and law and order situation in the United States. The main points of this report regarding racial discrimination

Veteran human rights activist I.A. Rehman passes away

LAHORE: Human rights activist and veteran journalist Ibn Abdur Rehman, commonly known as I.A. Rehman, has passed away at the age of 90. He died at his residence in Lahore but his family did not identify the cause of death.

Human rights and divine law

In the sight of Almighty Allah, there are two kinds of crimes. The first violates both the divine law and human rights. The other is one in which divine commandments are violated but human rights are not affected. It is

UN human rights experts express concern over Indian govt’s atrocities

GENEVA: Prominent UN human rights experts have written a second letter expressing concerns over the hate speech, violent attacks and harassment of peaceful protestors by the Indian government. In a second joint letter sent to India based on reports and

Human rights are central to COVID-19 recovery efforts: UN

NEW YORK: The International Human Rights Day is being observed on Thursday to raise awareness about human equality, dignity and justice. This year the day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Recover Better-Stand up for Human Rights’ with an aim

Pakistan re-elected to UNHRC with overwhelming majority

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with an overwhelming majority securing 169 votes in the 193-member UN General Assembly. The elections were held in New York and Pakistan secured the highest number of

Govt not bringing law on public execution in rape cases: Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari has said that the government is not bringing a law on public execution in rape cases. Talking to media, Shireen Mazari said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has opposed the public

Human Rights Ministry, EU launch Young Expert Programme

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Human Rights has launched the ‘Young Experts Programme’ across federal and provincial human rights departments in the country. The programme is being inaugurated through an online orientation session organised for the first batch of young professionals.

Mazari raises human rights issues with EU special representative

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has met European Union Special Representative on Human Rights Mr Gilmore in Geneva. During the meeting, the federal minister raised her concerns over violations of Human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Child abuse policy

The horrific sexual assault of a ten-year-old minor by a seminary cleric in Mansehra is once again a reminder that child abuse is still prevalent in our society. Enough has been said about the sickening issue plaguing our society and

Uighur Muslim women are being forced to sleep with Chinese men

The coverage of one of China’s worst human rights abuses the mass detainment of over a million Muslim Uighurs in northwest Xinjiang has increased over the past year. According a report by Radio Free Asia released in November, a forced-living

US blacklists Rao Anwar for serious human rights abuses

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday blacklisted former Malir senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar for engaging in serious human rights abuses. The US Treasury Department said Anwar carried out alleged fake police encounters in which scores of individuals

Freedom of speech and expression being curtailed: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Freedom of speech and expression is the mother of all human rights, said Chairman Pakistan People Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while addressing an event in connection with the International Human Rights Day. He said that students should have the

Human Rights Day will be observed as Black Day in IOK

SRINAGAR, INDIAN-OCCUPIED KASHMIR: The International Human Rights Day being held on Tuesday December 10 will be observed as ‘Black Day’ in Indian-held Kashmir. The call for observance of the day has been given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat

Pakistan welcomes US Congress hearing on IOK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomes the public hearing on human rights in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir held by Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the US Congress on 14 November, said a statement by Foreign Office on Saturday. The Foreign Office statement

Manipur representatives announce separation from India

LONDON: Representatives of Manipur’s king, Minister of External Affairs and Defence of Manipur state, Narengbam Samarjit and Chief Minister of Manipur State Council, Yamben Biren announced separation from India on behalf of the Manipur King, Leishemba Sanajaoba. According to sources,

Puzzled how international media ignores IoK: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday expressed puzzlement on how biased international media was over the human rights crisis in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). According to the prime minister, international media gave headline coverage to Hongkong protests but the

Pakistan urges to take notice of India’s violations in held Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has said Kashmir dispute stands internationalised and more steps are on the cards to effectively highlight the plight of oppressed Kashmiri people. At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal

Govt to set up protection centres for transgender persons

ISLAMABAD: The government has announced to set up protection centres and safe houses to ensure the rescue, protection and rehabilitation of transgender persons. In this regard, a consultative meeting for the transgender protection centre was organised on Thursday at the

Mazari apologises for Awan’s “insensitive” remarks

ISLAMABAD: Shireen Mazari, Federal Human Rights Minister, apologised on Wednesday for Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Firdous Ashiq Awan’s remarks on the recent earthquake. Human Rights Minister of Pakistan Shireen Mazari has apologised for the “insensitive” and “improper” remarks made by

Kashmir under strict lock down for past 51 days

SRINAGAR: Life in Indian occupied Kashmir remains paralyzed for the 51st consecutive day on Tuesday. The normal life in Kashmir remains to be paralyzed. The shops, businesses and other facilities are closed in the Valley. India’s Minister of Home Affairs

Demonstrators in Houston protest against Indian atrocities in IoK

HOUSTON: Thousands of Pakistani, Sikhs and human rights activists held a protest march in Houston, Texas on Sunday. The protest march in Houston was to condemn the BJP-led government’s abuse of human rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, the brutalities

FM Qureshi addresses Human Rights Council in Geneva

GENEVA: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that the international society “must not remain indifferent to the tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes” in occupied Kashmir. Qureshi was addressing 42nd session of United Nations Human Rights Council

Kashmiris accuse Indian troops of torturing locals

Srinagar: Kashmiris alleges Indian troops of raiding their houses and inducing physical torture on residents. Bashir Ahmed Dar, a 50 years old plumber in Kashmir was subjected to torture and beating by Indian troops. He was whisked away by Indian

Maleeha Lodhi urges UN to live up to responsibilities over IOK

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday said that the UN should live up to its responsibilities over Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK). Dr. Maleeha Lodhi met President of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Maria

India to deploy RSS goons in Kashmir: FM Shah

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that India prepared to deploy Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) goons in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK). Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that there are reports of RSS being deployed to occupied Kashmir in

UN Secretary General concerned over Kashmir situation

NEW YORK: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir. General António called on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir, which is recognised as