Combating Hate Speech Beyond Administrative Measure

Analysis of laws and policy dealing with hate speech

Hate speech has become a hot subject during 2015 in Pakistan notwithstanding some ambiguities that make hate speech conceptually and practically a complicated issue. The civil society organizations, Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) and Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), are publishing this analysis for better comprehension and to raise critical awareness about the dilemmas linked to hate speech.

This monograph discusses the phenomenon, manifestations, the laws and policies dealing with hate speech as well as some policy measures taken by the government recently, concluding with recommendations about plugging fissures in the response and reviewing the approach towards hate speech so that this battle for the revitalizations of Pakistan becomes more winnable in favour of people’s progress, democratic process and peace.

Electoral Reform And Political Representation Of Religious Minorities

Appreciating the fact that there is a general agreement among the political actors and political forces in the country about the need for comprehensive electoral reforms to strengthen democracy in the country,

Believing that religious minorities will also benefit from comprehensive electoral reforms which will lead to empowering the political system and its stability by ensuring correct enrollment of the voters, polling of votes, transparent vote counting and dependable results.

Enabling Empowerment of Women In Punjab

The assessment seeks to find ways and means to:

Engage constructively, with government institutions or the duty-bearers and to encourage effective implementation of laws and policy measures for women’s protection and empowerment.

Identify gaps in implementation affirmative measures for women and invite all stakeholders including the authorities to improve and strengthen protection of women’s rights.


A review of relevant literature (cited and listed in the bibliography, etc.) was carried out to prepare an inventory of legislative, institutional, administrative and educational measures taken by the government of Punjab during 2012-2016. An assessment of the said laws looked at relevance of the legislation. The inquiry into affirmative measures included assessment of allocations, level of implementation, assessed by resource utilization and assessment of benefits to the groups of marginalized in focus using primary and secondary data.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE AN ISSUE NEEDING TREATMENT IN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE LAW

Human Rights Monitor, the annual report published by National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) established by the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference consistently recorded the issues in marriage,5 among others, and demanded amendments to these laws to bring them to comply with the standards of universal human rights between 1997 and 2013.

A STUDY ON WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES

The study on Women with Disabilities (WWD) was commissioned by the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM-Pakistan) with the financial support of Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF). The rationale behind conducting this study is to assess the awareness among Women with Disabilities residing in poor households and about government sponsored support facilities for persons with disabilities in Pakistan. It attempts to study the challenges faced by WWD in terms of availing support/welfare facilities provided by concerned government departments. The study also aims at highlighting cultural norms and practices that encourage gender based discrimination and prejudices towards WWD. The survey method was carried out with 797 respondents in four districts of Punjab, namely Lahore, Kasur, Jhang and Faisalabad.