Two day National Caucus Conference on “Marriage legalization of non-Muslim communities in...

Two day National Caucus Conference on “Marriage legalization of non-Muslim communities in Pakistan: Issues and Challenges”

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A two day National Caucus conference on “Marriage legalization of non-Muslim communities in Pakistan: Issues and Challenges” was held in Hyderabad, Sindh from February 15-16, 2014, organized by Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan. Members of The National Caucus and National Lobbying Delegation, representing non-Muslim Pakistanis in both houses, at community level members of civil society organizations, media, lawyers, academia, researchers and think tanks passed a declaration and called for immediate action to legalize marriages and related matters of the non-Muslim Pakistan.

Thirteen parliamentarians from all over Pakistan, representatives from· Chamber of Commerce & Industry, District Bar Council, NGOs, INGOs, networks and consortiums, media houses, press clubs, journalist unions, lawyers’ forums, religious groups, academia/think tanks and political parties expressed their views about the topic under discussion. They also voiced their concerns about the lack of laws pertaining to marriage legalization and how they affected non-Muslim Pakistanis. This, they stressed, has resulted in social, legal and political alienation of non-Muslim communities depriving them of their basic human rights, which are not only guaranteed by international human rights instruments but also by the constitution of Pakistan. The participants stressed upon equal rights for all citizens of Pakistan irrespective of caste, creed or religious affiliation. They reiterated that there was need to recognize the fact that lack of laws and policies pertaining to marriage legalization of non-Muslim Pakistanis is not only a violation of international human rights laws but also the constitution of Pakistan.

The conference received extensive coverage in the print and electronic media which will support in creating awareness and advocating the rights of minorities in Pakistan. Please click link below to download press clippings:

External media link: http://www.dawn.com/news/1087262/minority-lawmakers-demand-reformed-marriage-divorce-laws