Pakistan

All this business about 'religious' extremists attacking a marathon because women were participating in it, and then presenting a bill to the National Assembly seeking to criminalise 'indecent' advertisements brings inevitable memories of the Zia years.
A strong NO to anti-marathon mania from the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), Pakistan.
Last week the six-party religious alliance that constitutes one-fifth of parliament introduced a bill seeking a complete ban on women in advertising. The move follows the MMA's recent successes in stopping women from participating in outdoor sports.
The Pakistan government has allied with Islamists to reject a bill which sought to strengthen the law against the practice of "honour killing".
Rights groups condemn ordinances that call for harsh penalties for adultery, drinking, and premarital sex.
MMA governs the most important province of Pakistan i.e. North West Frontier Province (NWFP) that borders Afghanistan. Its parliamentarians have presented a bill that seeks to ban dance, music and women's photography.
Women across the country commemorate February 12 as Pakistan Women's Day, in remembrance of the state's brutality against women who in 1983, protested against the Law of Evidence, which reduces the status of a woman witness to half that of a male witness.
Once again, a Pakistani woman has been subjected to rape and torture.
Pakistani human rights lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Asma Jehangir, during her recent visit to Dhaka, was interviewed on the state of the religious minorities, specially Ahmadiyyas vis-a-vis human rights.
Pakistan's only woman cabinet minister says she accepts that a bill tightening legislation against so-called honour killings does not go far enough.
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