Amnesty International Demands Pakistan to Grant Permission for Aurat March

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Amnesty International urges Pakistani authorities to grant permission to the Aurat march that was supposed to be held in Faisalabad. The march was canceled due to pressure from city administrative departments.

The objective of the march was to get the attention of concerned departments towards the gruesome murder of Noor Mukadam in Islamabad and against the rising violence in the country against women.

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The Murder of Noor Mukadam

The organizers of the Aurat March, last week, gathered in Faisalabad at the district administration to get the NOC, the request of which was rejected.

The organizers decided to start an online petition against the decision of the administration.

“It is sad to know that the system declined a peaceful public demonstration request against the violence, which was a just cause. It seems that the administration was scared of the unity and popularity of this supposed peaceful gathering, instead of providing space for this peaceful demonstration, the administration decided to go with the same tactics they have been using for so long, harassment and threats”, said the Aurat March representative in a Facebook post.

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Amnesty International on the Aurat March

The organizer of the march has put forward the demands online, which pointed out the objectives including a full stop to gender-based aggression and most importantly, the end to the opposition of freedom of expression by the institutions, which are running on a patriarchal system.

There should be a toll-free number to report gender-based and domestic violence, centers for victims of such horrifying aggression, and an end to honor killings, they added.

Amnesty International demanded the authorities of Pakistan to grant permission to the Aurat March, on Monday.

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“ PAKISTAN: Amnesty International notes with serious concern the government’s decision to bar the #AuratMarch protest in Faisalabad yesterday. The right to peaceful assembly is protected by all major human rights conventions and the Constitution of Pakistan. [1/2]”, Amnesty International Tweet.

In the follow-up tweet they said “ We call upon authorities to immediately grant #AuratMarchFaisalabad all necessary permissions and provide them security, should they need it. [2/2] ”