No voice for the Rohingya by Aung San

(BY NAFEES SYED) It’s time for Aung San Suu Kyi to stand up for her country’s persecuted Rohingya minority.

This month, U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration made two of its strongest statements yet about what experts call the “early warning signs of genocide” in Burma.

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Modi’s attack on his own people

(By Sanjay Kumar) The Indian government is growing less tolerant of debate and dissent each day. This is immensely troubling.

Greenpeace India is struggling to pay salaries to its Indian employees as an uncertain future awaits its 400 odd workers, who are primarily working on environmental and civil rights. The Indian government has revoked . . . → Read More: Modi’s attack on his own people

The connection between ISIS and US-led coalition

(By Sharmine Narwani) It’s been a bad time for foes of ISIS. Islamic State scored a neat hat-trick by invading strategic Ramadi in Iraq’s mainly Sunni Anbar province, occupying Syria’s historic gem Palmyra, and taking over Al-Tanf, the last remaining border crossing with Iraq.

The multinational, American-led ‘Coalition’ launched last August to thwart Islamic State’s . . . → Read More: The connection between ISIS and US-led coalition

Targeting the minorities

In a hostile world, Pakistani minorities face many threats; each new atrocity brings with it reams of analysis and no shortage of finger-pointing toward the perceived culprits. But general public opinion might be just as much to blame as terrorism.

Earlier this year, on the same day that small pockets of Pakistani society came together . . . → Read More: Targeting the minorities

Pakistan’s struggle to reform the blasphemy law

(By Sarah Alvi) Pakistani researcher takes an innovative – and dangerous – approach to change the controversial blasphemy law.

The recent killing of prominent activist Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi is a chilling reminder of the rapidly shrinking space for open dialogue in Pakistan. So a push for deliberation on the country’s highly contentious blasphemy . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s struggle to reform the blasphemy law

Gagging social media

In view of the widespread denunciation of the new Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill, by both national and international human rights organisations as well as experts among the stakeholders, the only reasonable option for the government is to withdraw the ill-conceived proposal and return to the drafting board.

Efforts to check cybercrime have been . . . → Read More: Gagging social media

Pakistan’s inconsistent blasphemy laws


PAKISTAN’S blasphemy laws are inconsistent with a number of human rights including freedom of expression; freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and equal protection of the law, which have all been well documented by human rights groups.

One aspect of the blasphemy law, particularly Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s inconsistent blasphemy laws

Humanity has failed

The terrorists who attacked and massacred children in Peshawar, murderers who end lives all around the world, or States that wage wars on the innocent, are not the worst. For me, even the most vicious of murders is surpassed, in brutality and inhumanity, by rape.

The act of sexually assaulting or abusing another human . . . → Read More: Humanity has failed

Humans should not be bound by borders

I believe in a human right to migration, as fundamental as the right to freedom of expression, or freedom from discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, religion or sexuality. I have come by this belief by migrating myself. (I’m inclined to prefer the terms migrant and migration to immigrant and immigration: the latter two . . . → Read More: Humans should not be bound by borders

How is Bangladesh doing

I wrote almost a year ago in another Pakistani journal about what I like to call “The Bangladesh Paradox.” The paradox is that, in traditional development theory, Bangladesh should have become, over the past 25 years, a modernized democracy, knocking on the door of entry into the middle income category of developing countries. Its economy . . . → Read More: How is Bangladesh doing