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ASF press release

April 15th, 2014

Press release

On 14th April 2014, Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan organised an event in collaboration with National Commission on the Status of Women and Australian Aid to launch a report titled : Fostering effective implementation of pro human rights laws: Criminal Law Amendment Act 2011 (Act XXV), an example of good practice. ASF-P presented how Pakistan had worked to improve the implementation of the above mentioned law.

Ms Marvi Memon, PML-N MNA, a champion for the fight against acid violence in Pakistan, was welcome as a Chief Guest, Mrs Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women chaired the panel of discussion. Mrs Kishwar Zehra, MQM –MNA was also amongst the panelists in addition with his excellency, Mr Peter Hayward, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ms neelam Toru, Chairperson of the Provincial Commission on the Status of Women and Mrs Valerie Khan Yusufzai, Chairperson Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan.

The event was attended by various stakeholders from different areas in Pakistan (Balochistan, ICT, Punjab, KP, Sindh) and it included Law Enforcement Agencies representatives, lawyers, doctors, survivors, members of civil society media, acid survivors themselves.

The report highlighted that acid attacks reporting had increased (110 attacks in 2012 and 143 in 2013) which shows an encouraging trend to further break the silence and denounce violence against women and girls.

Additionally, the report insisted on the fact that police had made tremendous efforts to register due and correct FIRs under the new laws passed on 12th December 2011 when it faced acid attack cases. While only 1% of the FIRs were registered under the correct law, WITHOUT ASF intervention in 2012, 71% of the FIRs registered in 2013 were under the new and correct law, without ASF intervention.

All participants underlined that awareness campaigns to challenge discriminatory and patriarchal mindsets, as well as transfer knowledge, were crucial to achieve positive results in fostering law implementation. Judges now tend to punish far more severely in case of acid attack: before 2011, the average conviction was 6 to 10 years, now it is generally at least 20 years.

ASF also informed participants that in general, convictions were more severe since 2012, and judiciary was trying to ensure trials in a shorter timeframe to provide relief to survivors since 2013.

Mrs Khawar Mumtaz Chairperson NCSW acknowledged that those improvements were positive, that more reporting occurred thanks to a stronger mobilization of Pakistani citizens to denounce this worst form of gender based violence, but she also insisted on the remaining challenges, the need to work on data and build up synergies like the ones proposed by ASF.

Many survivors still do not have sufficient or adequate access to medical and rehabilitation services, 65% of the victims still could not access justice in 2013 and national consolidated data is still required. Marvi Memon, the Chief Guest declared that since 2010, Pakistan had come long way and she insisted that those improvements needed to be celebrated, but she also indicated that there was still a long way to go: the “comprehensive acid and burn crime bill” must be passed, now there is sufficient momentum to support this bill, and we owe it to other survivors, we will continue the fight and we will make hings move.

To this effect, Valerie Khan Yusufzai, called upon the government of Pakistan to lead the way and pass the Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill that Marvi Memon has tabled in the Parliamentary Committee of Law and Justice last week. “We are ready to provide technical help to review the comprehensive bill”, but it is urgent that the federal and provincial governments ensure stronger protection to Pakistani citizens. Much has been done, Pakistani has inspired many other countries to address acid violence such as Columbia and India but positive steps such as establishing burn centers and social rehabilitation centers, or medical boards must be part of a legislative framework to be sustained and institutionalized.

Mr Peter Hayward, Australian High Commissioner, congratulated ASF and all stakeholders for those improvements and reiterated Australia’s commitment to support ASF action.

Mrs Neelam Toru announced that the comprehensive bill was now ready with KP social welfare department so that it could be tabled, she said she knew cases were under-reported in KP as she had just been told of a case in Mardan on her way towards the event.

Ms Kiswar Zehra ensured ASF of MQM full support for the passage of he comprehensive acid and burn crime bill in assemblies.

Awards were later on distributed to police, lawyers and doctors from all over the country, what ASF called, the true heroes.

ASF Event In Collaboration With Australian Aid And NCSW, Join Us!

April 15th, 2014

Collaborating with AUS Aid to enhance law implementation: Mr Mazhar Akram training lawyers on criminal law Amendment act (ACT XXV) , then lawyers giving their feed back. This is how training keep on improving…

January 16th, 2014

Ms Shazia, ASF NCRU coordinator introducing the session to lawyers in ICT

Delivering the training

After Quetta, ASF team is working on better implementation of acid and burn legislation in Karachi, in collaboration with AUS AID.

October 9th, 2013

Training lawyers

Training medico-legal staff in collaboration with Friends of Burn, and Dr Dabir Ur Rehman

On going efforts:we will not stop until the law is properly implemented….

October 8th, 2013

Meeting with law enforcement agencies, the only way to generate positive energy for better governance

Engaging key stakeholders

After Quetta, Karachi: ASF-Pakistan team all ready for action with the support of AUS AID

What does it look like in real, to work for more effective law implementation?

October 7th, 2013

An example of an ASF-Pakistan field work report rights after the meeting is over…

“Respected Sir,
Today we meet with Additional I.G Quetta Mr Mir Zubair at CCPO office and discussed our objective regarding ASF mission.
Respective Additional  I.G Police took keen interest and ensured us that he is going to disseminate this law in all the Police Station under this control. For disseminating   this information, he nominated & ordered Mr. Sajjad Tareen S.P Crime Branch.
Picture of the meeting are also attached.

Shazia Jamal,

Project Coordinator,

Acid Survivors Foundation”

ASF legal consultant Ms Munaza Hashmi, ASF project coordinator, Ms Shazia Jamal.

ASF and AUS AID joining hands for more effective law implementation

October 7th, 2013

Training lawyers in Quetta on criminal law amendment act XXV, 2011

medico-legal staff joining the 2nd training

Current Status of the Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill in Islamabad, Pakistan Federal Capital.

January 25th, 2013

Status of the comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill in ICT in Pakistan : after having been tabled in the NA in Islamabad, the bill has now been sent to the Standing Committee of Interior. WE NEED THIS STANDING COMMITTEE TO MEET URGENTLY, STUDY THE DRAFT AND PROPOSE A FINAL TEXT TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THIS COMING SESSION so that the bill can be submitted to vote…

Advocacy And Lobbying Workhsop In Lahore: 3 Parliamentarians Agree To Table the Comprehensive Acid And Burn Crime Bill In Punjab Provincial Assembly.

October 3rd, 2012

The consultation was organised in collaboration with Mumkin Alliance, Aurat Foundation, MDM, UK Aid, UN Women.

Survivors, agents of change explaining their hurdle and why this comprehensive legislation is necessary.

Improving governance: when elected representatives commit to protect their constituency interest