Trend Analysis of Human Rights Violations-2005 & 2006

Every year the HRCP international and local interns embark on different quests to look for answers. Their researches not only help them learn about the state of affairs of human rights in Pakistan, but help them gain insight on a wider spectrum. Their work is also helpful for us and others who come across it. Following is a concise trend analysis on human rights violations observed over the 2005-2006 time period, done by Aleyha Ahmed, one of our international interns for the year 2007.

Important: The numbers available in our database, compiled through an extensive nationwide network, are still covering a fraction of the actual incidents due to lack of reporting, incomplete information, and a culture of concealment and non-reporting – the last two reasons stem from a fear of dishonour, retribution, threats and lack of information – indicating that the numbers are far higher.

 domestic violenceTrend Analysis of Human Rights Violations- 2005 & 2006
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HRCP Press Release – State of Emergency

lawyers police clashLahore, November 6, 2007: The Chairperson, Secretary General, Director, Vice Chairpersons and all members of the Council of Human Rights Commission have issued the following statement.

A grave situation has been created by the army chief’s desperate act to retain all power in his hands. The imposition of the new martial law regime has been unanimously denounced by public opinion at home and abroad. The brutal actions against judges, lawyers and civil society organizations have not silenced people’s demand for a transition to democracy, and restoration of the independent status of the judiciary and rule of law. Unless all the steps taken after the proclamation of martial law, in particular the purge of the judiciary, issuance of PCO, restrictions on the media and attacks on the people’s right to political activity and debate, are rolled back neither democracy nor peace will return to the country.

There is no doubt that a proper transition to democratic governance will be possible only after a free, fair and transparent election. The fact however remains that for quite sometime the regime has been doing everything to ensure that a democratic choice is not possible. The way General Musharraf maneuvered to get himself elected by a captive and about-to-expire electoral college made the general election largely meaningless. The imposition of the so-called emergency has eliminated whatever little chance of a proper transition to democratic rule had survived.

HRCP is alarmed at the violence meted out to the lawyers’ community and civil society activists. A large number of them, including women, have been arrested. Bar leaders, including Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan, Muneer A. Malik and Tariq Mahmood are detained and being harassed by the intelligence agencies. The line of attack on them suggests sinister designs to persecute them. Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd former vice president of the Pakistan Bar Council is in the custody of intelligence agencies and is kept incommunicado. These lawyers are leaders of public opinion and they have an important role to play in the present hour of the nation’s trial.

HRCP demands that the proclamation of November 3 and all actions taken under it must be withdrawn and cancelled forthwith and conditions created for a free exercise of the people’s choice. Without these essential steps elections will only perpetuate autocracy and injustice.


Chairperson – HRCP

Mr. I. A. Rehman – Director, Syed Iqbal Haider -Secretary General, Mr. Shahid Kardar – Treasurer, Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Shahwani (Advocate) – Vice-Chairperson Balochistan, Ms. Zohra Yusuf – Vice-Chairperson Sindh, Mr. Kamran Arif – Vice-Chairperson NWFP, Ms. Hina Jilani – Vice-Chairperson Punjab, and HRCP Council Members Mrs. Surriya Amirrudin, Ms. Rahila Durrani, Mr. Tahir Husain Khan, Mr. Malik Adeel Mengal, Mr. Habib Tahir, Mr. Afrasiab Khattak, Advocate, Ms. Musarrat Hilali, Mr. Sher Mohammad Khan, Ms. Salima Hashmi, Dr. Mubashar Hasan, Dr. Mehdi Hasan, Air Marshal Zafar Chaudhry, Ms. Shahtaj Qizilbash, Mr. Nadeem Anthony, Mr. Attiq-ur-Rehman, Advocate, Ms. Uzma Noorani, Mr. Rochi Ram, Ms. Perveen Soomro (Advocate), Mr. Ali Hasan, Mr. Jam Saqi, Mr. Ronald de Souza, Mr. Ghazi Salahuddin, Mr. Amarnath Motu Mal, and Mr. Asad Iqbal Butt.

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Gender Empowerment – Intern Project

Like previous years, this year too, HRCP received a number of very interesting interns whose research and work ranged on a number of topics. Please see the Interns 2007 link to read more about this years work.

Zenobia Azeem/Benazir Shah Project - main imgHere are some beautiful pictures that were taken while filming for short video clips based on violence against women. This was the project of our intern Zenobia Azeem, who is a student at McGill University, Canada. She worked in collaboration with Benazir Shah, who is a film student at Beaconhouse National University (BNU). Zenobia’s research looked into the role of men in determining a change in thinking and towards gender empowerment.

There were a lot of obstacles behind the project, the biggest one being the fact that Zenobia and Benazir received absolutely no funding and had to manage it within their own limits.

Please click to enlarge the photographs. Photographs courtesy Zenobia Azeem – Benazir Shah. Project still under work.

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HRCP Interns 2006 – First 2 Reports Released

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We have decided to publish, in the form of monographs, studies and reports prepared by interns during their stay with us. Two such studies have just been issued as monographs


  1. Jon Sherman, Columbia Law School, HRCP Intern 2006 – Trying Terrorism, Protecting Rights: Counter Terrorism and Human Rights in Pakistan’s Criminal Justice System since 9/11’
  2. Emilie Paquin-Holmested, McGill University, HRCP Intern 2006 – Juvenile Justice In Pakistan’

A copy is available at each Chapter Office. Anyone wishing to secure a copy may kindly contact the chapter offices and get requisite copies on payment of photocopy charges.

The offices will issue copies to members, non-members and research scholars similarly on payment of cost.

Excerpts of the reports can be found on the HRCP Interns 2006 link and soon on the HRCP website


On a more casual note:


Our interns produce some very interesting reports every year and this time round when they are done I’d like to share them with you. Sometimes their work provides valuable insight and information that is otherwise not been discussed or explored. By the end of august I’d like to start putting up their reports, researches, trend analysis etc. Hope you find some good reading in it!