Unions call for reform in labour law

Lahore, August 29: Leaders of trade unions from the Lahore region have called upon the federalgovernment to make some essential changes in the Industrial Relations Ordinance2011 and get it approved by parliament as early as possible. The demand wasmade after a review of the new ordinance at a meeting organized the other dayby the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Continue reading

UN agency defending press freedom deplores killing of Pakistani journalist

The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Munir Shakar and urged that his killers be brought to justice.

Mr. Shakar was a correspondent for the Online News Network and Balochi TV Sabzbagh.

He was shot dead on 14 August while on his way home from the Press Club in Khuzdar in the province of Balochistan. Continue reading

Pakistan: UN calls for probe into abductions and killings of journalists

19 August 2011 –The United Nations human rights office today urged the Pakistani Government to investigate numerous reports of abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings, particularly of journalists.
Since 2007, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has received numerous reports of such human rights violations, spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. Continue reading

Verdicts on Ahmadiyya lynchings highlight weak and deteriorating protection of religious minorities

Paris-Jakarta, 29 July 2011. The lenient verdicts handed down against 12 persons accused of killing three followers of a minority Muslim community fail to reflect the brutality and gravity of the  attack and demonstrate the authorities’ inability to  protect freedom of religion and end impunity for faith-based violence in Indonesia, said the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) today. Continue reading