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URGENT ALERT: Pakistan– Write to the Pakistani High Commission/Embassy in your country airing your concern over the increasing levels of religious discrimination in Pakistan.

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IHRC is concerned with the increasing level of religious discrimination in Pakistan and asks campaigners to write either to the Pakistani High Commissioner or Ambassador in their country to highlight some recent cases of discrimination.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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19 March 2009

URGENT ALERT: Pakistan– Write to the Pakistani High Commission/Embassy in your country airing your concern over the increasing levels of religious discrimination in Pakistan.

Contents
1. Summary
2. Background
3. Action required
4. Sample letter
5. Addresses for Sample letter


1. Summary

IHRC is concerned with the increasing level of religious discrimination in Pakistan and asks campaigners to write either to the Pakistan High Commissioner or Ambassador in their country to highlight some recent cases of discrimination.


2. Background

IHRC is concerned regarding increased reports of cases of religious discrimination in Pakistan, including against Muslims. These reports include Pakistan International Airlines which recently introduced a policy banning its employees from sporting beards. Another recent case involved Jinnah Hospital in Karachi where the administration has decided to ban nurses from wearing the headscarf. Reports from female nurses and students in Jinnah Hospital even describe physical assaults by male employees on those who wear the headscarf. There was one particular case when a male Dr allegedly physically removed the headscarf from one nurse.


3. Action required

Write to the Pakistan High Commission or Embassy in your country expressing your concern over the recent infringements upon religious practices especially with regards to manifestation of religious beliefs.


4. Sample letter

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If you receive a reply to the letter you send, we request you to send a copy of the letter you sent and the reply you received to IHRC. This is extremely important as it helps IHRC to monitor the situation with regards to our campaigns and to improve upon the current model letters.

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Sample letter to the High Commissioner in the UK. You may write to either the High Commissioner or the Ambassador in your country via the mail addresses attached at the bottom of this Sample letter.


[Your Name]
[Your Address]

Mr. Hamid Asghar Khan
High Commission for Pakistan
34 – 36 Lowndes Square
London
SW1X 9JN


[Date]

Dear Mr. Khan

Re: Recent cases of religious discrimination in Pakistan

I am concerned about the recent cases of religious discrimination that have emerged from Pakistan. Pakistan International Airlines policy of banning its employees from sporting beards and the decision by Jinnah Hospital in Karachi to ban nurses from wearing the headscarf both show a clear disregard for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states clearly that "everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” and everyone has the right “to manifest his/her religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance."

Both these cases, which serve as an example of the increasing levels of religious discrimination in Pakistan, also go against Article 18 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which grants individuals the liberty to exercise their religious freedom.

Reports coming out from Jinnah Hospital even describe physical assaults on female employees who wear the headscarf by their male counterparts. Such measures violate the constitutional and fundamental rights of these employees.

In light of such worrying reports and discriminatory policies, I urge you to look into these cases and take the necessary and required action to bring an end to such discrimination.

I look forward to your reply regarding this urgent matter.

Yours sincerely,


[Your signature]
[Your name]


5. Addresses for sample letter

Below please find the addresses to either the High Commission or Embassy of Pakistan in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey, UK and US. Campaigners should use the address of the respective embassy in their country.


Australia:

H.E. MR. JALIL ABBAS JILANI
PO Box 684
Mawson ACT 2607
(Australia)

Email: parepcanberra@internode.on.net

Belgium:

Mr. M. Shafkat Saeed
EMBASSY OF PAKISTAN
57 Avenue Delleur
1170 Bruxelles
Belgium

Fax: +32 (0)2 675 83 94


Canada:

Mr. Musa Javed Chohan
10 Range Road
Ottawa
Ontario, K1N 8J3
Canada

Fax: (613) 238-7296


Denmark:

Mrs. Fauzia Mufti Abbas
Valeulrsvej 17
P.O. Box 107
2900
Hellerup
Copenhagen
Denmark

Fax: +45-39401070


France:

H. E M. Aneesuddin Ahmed
Pakistani Embassy
18, Rue Lord Byron,
75008 Paris
France

Fax: 33 1 4562 8915


Germany:

H. E. Shahid Ahmed Kamal
Pakistani Embassy
Schaperstr-29
Wilmersdorf
10719 Berlin


Fax: 49 30 2124 4210


India:


Mr. Shahid Malik
High Commission of Pakistan
2/50-G, Shantipath
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi
India

Fax: 91 11 2687 2339


Indonesia:

EMBASSY OF PAKISTAN
50, JALAN, TEUKU UMAR
PUSAT, JAKARTA

FAX: 062-21-3103945


Malaysia:

Mr. Tahir Mahmud Qazi
HIGH COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN
PERSIARAN STONOR 55000
KUALA LUMPPUR

FAX: 60-3-264958


Netherlands:

EMBASSY OF PAKISTAN
PLEIN 1813 NO.3 2514 JN
THE HAGUE

FAX: 31-70-3016047


South Africa:

HIGH COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN
69 KORANNABERG AVENUE
WATERKLOOF HEIGHTS
PRETORIA
South Africa
FAX: 27-12-456824

Turkey:

CONSULATE GENERAL OF PAKISTAN
KORU SOKAK 'S' BLOCK DAIRE 3
ISTANBU

FAX: 90-212-2335802


UK:

Mr. Hamid Asghar Khan
High Commission for Pakistan
34 – 36 Lowndes Square
London
SW1X 9JN

FAX: 44-171-4168417/4168419

US:

H. E. Husain Haqqani
Embassy of Pakistan 3517 International Court NW Washington, DC 20008.
Fax: 202-686-1534

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