Duration: 2012 to 2015
Locale: Punjab, Sindh, KP, Balochistan
Team Members: mome Saleem, Dr Humaira Ishfaq, Afsheen Naz
The study aims to find the international framework and mechanisms that exist to protect religious freedom and evidence of Pakistan’s commitments to these framework and mechanisms. The study discusses the importance of awareness among minorities in Pakistan about international frameworks, their rights to religious freedom and their real time experience about freedom of religion. It further discusses the understanding of Pakistan’s majority community as well as the country’s obligations to protect religious freedom.
Primary data was collected from different areas of Pakistan. Key informants of the study include religious minorities, government officials, civil society organizations, political leaders, journalists and social activists.
- Primary and secondary data collection and analysis
- A report on the status of religious freedom in Pakistan is being drafted.
- Training of Hazara community on religious freedom has been conducted. The contents of the training included domestic and international laws pertaining to religious freedom, peace building, advocacy and non-violent ways of conflict resolution.
- Film on the subject of religious freedom
- Online training course
- The state has not been able to provide protection to religious minorities in Pakistan. The translation of international conventions and framework in the domestic law stays a dilemma.