Ghalib. 18. Founder Of Rescue Pakistan. TEDx Activator. Curator of TEDxSialkot. Blogger at Huffington Post/Express Tribune. The YSA List honoree.
Today is the International day of Human Rights, its being celebrated all around the world. Just today i came across many crazy tweets on twitter I.e. Cutting cake, Human Rights Party, Human Rights Bash, Blah Blah. Well I am got going to be crazy this day as this day is a little bit serious. Human Rights were drafted on 10th December, 1948 by the United Nations. These Included 30 Different Rights, the most common among them are Equality, Right of Education, Freedom of Religion etc. You can read them all here: 30 Human Rights
In Pakistan the Human Rights have been under serious decline. Most of the time they are not looked upon and decisions are made up without consulting the Humanitarians I.e. the Human Rights Activists in Pakistan
Though the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted Pakistan to be a moderate secular state blended with some Islamic values and principles which included Human Rights. No Pakistani Government has ever come up with a detailed conclusion on what he exactly meant by this.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan have been established by the government of Pakistan but despite the measures to counter any problems, abuses remain.
The first and the most important issue is the Political Abuse of Human Rights, Provincial and local governments have arrested journalists and closed newspapers that report on matters perceived as socially offensive or critical of the government. Many of these Journalists have been victims of Violence and intimidation by various groups and individuals. Since 1992 41 Journalists have been killed in Pakistan. One of them was Saleem Shahzad, who wrote about Relations between ISI and Terrorist forces and soon got killed.
Another Reason of the discrimination of Human Rights is Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan. There are 1000’s of cases present in our courts which are related to Blasphemy Laws. Some of the muslims find it difficult in Pakistan to have peace with other religious minorities in the region. I.e In November 2005, 3,000 militant Islamists attacked Christians in Sangla Hill in Pakistan and destroyed Roman Catholic, Salvation Army and United Presbyterian churches. The attack was over allegations of violation of blasphemy laws by a Pakistani Christian named Yousaf Masih.
Beyond the Minorities. Even in Muslim Sects there have been fights and discrimination of Human Rights. The human rights violation of the Ahmadiyya have been systematic and state-sponsored in Pakistan. Early this year 10 students and a female teacher expelled from Chenab Public School & Muslim Public School, Dharanwali area of Hafizabad, for being Ahmadis. This Gives a little support to my statement.
I think. These Rights exists just to a name in Pakistan. They are never put in action. I wish the day when i actually find these Rights useful. So here it is another so called Human Rights Day.
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