Pakistan: Invitation to Press Conference and Protest on International Day of the Disappeared 30th Aug 2017

Respected Sir/Madame,

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:

 

Venue:

National Press Club, Islamabad

F-6 Markaz, Islamabad.

Time:

Press Conference 04:00 – 05:00 pm

Protest 05:10- 06:30 pm

Day & Date:

Wednesday

August 30th, 2017

Looking forward,

 

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

 

Chairperson
Defence of Human Rights

 

official address:

Room no 24, 3rd Floor Majeed Plaza

Bank Road

Rawalpindi sadder, Pakistan.

End

Links

Disappeared in Pakistan: Wife marks 10th anniversary

https://activist1.blog/2015/07/27/disappeared-in-pakistan-wife-marks-10th-anniversary-and-calls-for-masood-janjua-to-be-freed/

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”.

 

 

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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