On the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared, Defence of Human Rights (DHR) Pakistan has arranged a Press Conference & Public protest to highlight the ongoing practice of Enforced Disappearance in Pakistan.
Senior Politician PPP Senator Farhatullah Baber,
Senior Social Worker Zamarrud Khan
Senior leader PTI Asad Umer
Many other Honorable guests from Civil Society, and Legal fraternity will share their thoughts on the rising trend of Enforced Disappearance in Pakistan.
It would be a great honor for us to have you with us in this event. The detailed event schedule is as follow:
National Press Club, Islamabad
F-6 Markaz, Islamabad.
Press Conference 04:00 – 05:00 pm
Protest 05:10- 06:30 pm
Day & Date:
August 30th, 2017
Amina Masood Janjua
Background: The International Day of the Disappeared, on August 30 of each year, is a day created to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives. The impulse for the day came from the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared(Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos, or FEDEFAM), a non-governmental organization founded in 1981 in Costa Rica as an association of local and regional groups actively working against secret imprisonment, forced disappearances and abduction in a number of Latin-American countries.
Work on secret imprisonment is an important part of the activities for a number of international bodies and organizations in the fields of human rights activism and humanitarian aid, including for example Amnesty International (AI), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) , WGEID- UN, Asian Federation against Involuntary Disappearances and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) etc.
The International Day of the Disappeared is an opportunity to highlight the struggles of the victim families and those standing up for them as defenders and institutions like Defence of Human Rights, (DHR). To appreciate and support the activism of the Human Rights defenders and their daring work, increase public awareness, and to call for donations and volunteers in this burning arena of human tragedy. This is an atrocity referred to by the United Nations as the “Crime against Humanity” in which the Disappeared and his whole family is an equal victim. Unfortunately the Government of Pakistan and the Courts have been ignoring this grave violation since long.
Amina Masood Janjua
Defence of Human Rights
Room no 24, 3rd Floor Majeed Plaza
Rawalpindi sadder, Pakistan.
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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.