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Aurat Foundation-Trocaire report on gender-based violence – Murdered, injured and raped… women in Sindh continue to suffer

Aurat Foundation-Trocaire report on gender-based violence – Murdered, injured and raped… women in Sindh continue to suffer

KARACHI – There has been no let-up in gender-based violence in Sindh, reveals a six-month report compiled by the Aurat Foundation (AF) in collaboration with Irish NGO Trocaire.
PML-F MPA Marvi Rashdi, AF Karachi Resident Director Mahnaz Rahman, AF representatives Shireen Aijaz and Fareeda Tahir, and others formally launched the report titled ‘Policy and Data Monitor on Violence against Women’ based on the period between July and December 2010, at the Karachi Press Club on

Lahore tops violence against women in Punjab

ISLAMABAD – At least 2,690 incidents of violence against women were reported in 36 districts of Punjab from January to June 2010 and Lahore took the lead with 458 such cases, said data available with Pakistan Today.
The data added that other ten districts of the Punjab where intensity of violence remained high were Faisalabad with 393 cases, Sargodha with 161, Sheikhupura 157, Rawalpindi 139, Okara 134, Kasur 116, Sialkot 114, Sahiwal 88, Gujranwala 87, Jhang 76 and Multan 71

Fazl sees conspiracy in Karachi violence

KARACHI – JUI chief Fazlur Rehman said on Saturday that the disturbance in Karachi was a conspiracy of the government to foil the planned rally and public meeting in Karachi of religious forces.
Speaking at a press conference after a meeting of Tahreek-e-Namoos Risalat, a platform comprising various religious parties, he said that the government’s conspiracy will not work, and planned rally and public meeting will go ahead as planned. He also condemned to what he called a

Ouattara says rival Gbagbo ordered I Coast violence

PARIS/ABIDJAN – Ivory Coast’s presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he had proof his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, had instigated post-election violence and ordered foreign agents to carry out killings.
There was no immediate reaction from Gbagbo’s camp but the United Nations said the confirmed death toll from the violence had risen to 210 and condemned the blocking of investigators trying to probe reports of further killings.
Ivory Coast has been in turmoil

Over 10,000 died in Afghan violence in 2010

KABUL – More than 10,000 people, about a fifth of them civilians, lost their lives in violence in Afghanistan last year, an AFP count based on official figures and an independent website tally showed on Sunday.
Afghanistan’s interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary revealed new figures for the number of civilians, police and militants killed in 2010 – a total of 8,560 people.
In addition, the Afghan defence ministry said that 810 Afghan soldiers died in 2010, while

Fears of sectarian violence mount in Egypt

CAIRO – Christians prayed Sunday at a church targeted by a suicide bomber who killed 21 people as Egypt pointed the finger of blame at international terrorism and fears of sectarian violence mounted.
“With our soul and our blood we will redeem the Holy Cross,” the grieving congregation chanted at the Coptic Al-Qiddissin church in Alexandria at Sunday mass a day after the bombing. Bloodstains from Saturday’s attack were still visible on the facade of the church where 21 people

Lebanon: a failed state poised for violence

The Guardian – Once again, Lebanon is on the brink of major social and political upheaval. Rumours of an impending armed clash between Hezbollah and the pro-western governing coalition have spread like wildfire among the Lebanese people, who are hoarding food and arms in anticipation of the worst.
On the surface of it, the current crisis revolves around a United Nations tribunal set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. An indictment

Aman Ittehad to hold rallies against violence

LAHORE – Aman Ittehad, a group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGO), on Thursday announced that several rallies will be held on January 1 at 1am nationwide to condemn violence in all forms.
This announcement was made in a press conference held at the Lahore Press Club, which was attended by South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAPP) Executive Director Muhammad Tehseen, Aurat Foundation Coordinator Mumtaz Mughal and others.
The rallies would be held to condemn

Domestic violence shrinking, minister tells NA

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that due to government’s efforts, the country saw a downward trend in cases of domestic violence and only 5,404 such cases were registered in the years 2009 and 2010.
In response to a question, Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Alam Gillani told the House that in 2008, the cases of domestic violence were far more than those registered in two following years.
“In order to curb the offense, the government is creating

Afghan violence kills 18 as Obama reviews war

KABUL: A roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in western Afghanistan on Thursday and four Afghan soldiers died in a US air strike overnight, hours before a US strategy review reported progress in the Afghan war.
Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since US-backed Afghan forces ousted the Taliban in 2001 after the September 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States, with record civilian and military casualties.
US President Barack Obama’s review said “notable operational

‘Violence being carried out in the name of Islam’

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Saturday that violence was being carried out in Pakistan in the sacred name of Islam but it had no concern with Islamic norms.
Addressing a seminar of Muthida Ulema Council held at Peshawar Press Club with a view to observe Ashura in a peaceful atmosphere, he said that they must realise their responsibilities to combat the ongoing trend of terrorism.
He added that no one could deny the

Legislation against domestic violence in limbo

ISLAMABAD: Contrary to its claims to providing equal rights to the women, the government has done little, as legislation against the domestic violence is still a distant dream.
The government took six years (previous and incumbent) to draft a piece of legislation to curb domestic violence and got the Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Act passed by the National Assembly in August last year but the Bill lapsed as the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs could not

Brazilian film highlighting Rio violence is a hit

SAO PAULO: A Brazilian film highlighting the violence in Rio’s notorious slums, “Elite Squad 2,” has broken national box office records, with nearly 11 million tickets sold.
The cops-and-criminals picture, which mixes explosive action with an expose of corrupt politicking, has usurped a 1976 Brazilian supernatural erotic classic, “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands,” for the status as most-watched movie in the country’s history.
Its success coincided with a spectacular real-life

Gunmen kidnap 18 Afghan deminers in southeast

GARDEZ: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 18 Afghan deminers on Thursday in southeastern Khost province, the provincial police chief said, the second abduction of a mine clearing team this month.
The group from the Kabul-based Mine Detection Centre were travelling in Musa Khel district when they were stopped by a group of gunmen and then seized, said Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai. “They had gone to the area on the request of the elders to clear mines from their village,” Ishaqzai told

Women must rise against violence

LAHORE: South Asia Partnership (SAP) marked 16 days against gender violence, paying tribute to the three American sisters who were physically tortured when they tried to raise their voice against autocracy.
The SAP event brought together change makers, both women and men, from all districts of Punjab. It was discussed that violence against women was present at, at least, three different levels; personal, community based, and regional/national.
Shamim Malik, a lawyer,

Eight killed in election violence in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN: Gunmen shot dead at least eight people in an attack on supporters of Ivory Coast presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara amid tensions over delayed vote results, witnesses told AFP on Thursday.
Violence erupted as Ouattara and President Laurent Gbagbo were locked in a stand-off over results of the hotly contested presidential vote, following pre-election violence that left at least another seven people dead. Witnesses in the western Yopougon district of Abidjan, a

NGOs mark day against gender violence

LAHORE: Shirakt Gah, South Asia Partnership Pakistan and Kashf Foundation along with other non-governmental organisations (NGO) organised a walk and solidarity rally at the Lahore Press Club to mark the International Women Rights Defenders Day.
The participants carried banners and placards demanding an end to all forms of violence against women and acts of harassment against human rights defenders. November 29 is a day of recognition for human rights activists when activism,