Posted on July 22, 2016 by beenasarwar
Dr Govinda KC: fighting for pro-poor medical reforms
UPDATE: Sign the online petition
“If South Asia has a viable public health icon after the passing of Edhi in Pakistan, this man is it,” says a Nepali friend.
Dr. Govinda KC is a man who is considered a saint in Nepal – a middle-class doctor who on his own expense offers medical help wherever there is a disaster: Haiti, the Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, Bangladesh floods.
By all accounts an incredible human being, he is entering the third week of his hunger strike, a fast unto the death for reforms in the medical education sector. His demands: lower the cost of medical education and create a public health system that allows access of all to quality care, in the place of Nepal’s present highly privatised and centralised system. Continue reading
Filed under: Education, Health, Human rights | Tagged: corruption, democracy, Dr Govinda KC, Dr KC, health care, health reforms, Lok Man Singh Karki, medical education, Nepal | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 16, 2016 by beenasarwar
A man lies in front of a tank near Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport early Saturday, July 16. Ismail Coskun / AP
The coup in Turkey is a reminder of the dangers of impatiences with flawed democracy. Democracy, like peace, is a process, not an event. In the long run, the worst democracy is better than the best dictatorship. Agree with the Awami Workers Party, Pakistan – “The solution to imperfect democracy is not to abolish it, but to deepen it”. Sharing their statement below: Continue reading
Filed under: Progressive politics | Tagged: coup, democracy, Erdogan, military coup, Pakistan, Turkey | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 24, 2016 by beenasarwar
Fact sheet on Kanak Dixit’s arrest – used as the basis for an online petition to CIAA Nepal Lok Man Singh Karki
Opposition to the current investigation by the CIAA into alleged corruption by Mr Kanak Mani Dixit is based on the grounds that the process has been flawed as demonstrated by facts:
1. Mr Kanak Mani Dixit had opposed the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki as the head of the CIAA (Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority) at the time of the appointment in 2013 on the grounds that Mr Karki had been indicted by the Rayamajhi Commission for suppressing the people’s movement: Under well-established principles of jurisprudence a judge or investigator with a personal bias or interest in a case should not be carrying out an investigation or pronouncing on a case, and in fact should recuse himself or herself from such a case to prevent prejudice. However though Mr Karki himself was the individual criticised by Mr Dixit, in a public campaign, Mr Karki continues to drive the investigations. Continue reading
Filed under: Human rights, Media, Southasia | Tagged: democracy, Free Kanak online petition, Kanak Dixit, Media, Nepal, vendetta | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 23, 2016 by beenasarwar
Kanak being arrested at a pro-democracy rally in Nepal, 2006. Photo by Shehab Uddin
Press Statement: media figures call for release of Himal Editor Kanak Mani Dixit
New Delhi, April 23 — Editors and media figures as well as intellectuals and scholars from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, UK, US, Australia and Sri Lanka have called for the release of Himal editor and prominent Nepali journalist Kanak Mani Dixit who was arrested yesterday in Katmandu by anti-graft officials.
The following is the text of the statement:
Filed under: Freedom of expression, Human rights, Media, Southasia | Tagged: democracy, foe, journalists, Kanak arrested, Kanak Dixit, Media, Nepal | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 7, 2016 by beenasarwar
Something I wrote last month about how sedition and blasphemy are the two sides of the same hyper-nationalist coin in India and Pakistan. Updated after the tragic bombing at a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday, published in Himal Southasian on March 30, 2016.
Filed under: Blasphemy Laws, Freedom of expression, Pakistan-India | Tagged: #StandWithJNU, Activism, blasphemy, Dalit, democracy, HCU, Human rights, hypernationalist, Media, Mumtaz Qadri, Rohith Vemula, Sedition, shahbaz taseer | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 16, 2015 by beenasarwar
Daily vigil for Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi, 8-9 pm at Do Talwar
Protestors holding daily public protest vigils in Karachi demanding justice for Sabeen Mahmud hold placards calling to #unsilencePakistan and end the culture of impunity. Today’s vigil, marking give months of the Peshawar Army School massacre, also incorporates the carnage at Safoora Chowk in Karachi where armed men in police uniforms killed 45 of the 60 Ismailis on a bus.
“It has been 17 days since I have been present here daily from 8pm to 9pm,” poignantly writes Ibad Sheikh who initiated this event and brings along his drums to pound on. “I come to celebrate Sabeen, to grieve her death, to find comfort in fellow protesters and to tell the world that I have not forgotten her.” (From APS victims to Sabeen Mahmud: Honouring all who have been taken away from us, May 15, 2015)
Protestors at the Fifth Global Vigil this weekend in various cities are demanding an end to impunity and against terrorism in Pakistan.
- Karachi – 16th May – assemble at Danish Gah, Punjab Chowrangi at 5:30pm and march to Do Talwar.
- Islamabad – 16th May – 5.30 pm at Press Club
- Boston – 16th May – 4 pm – Boston Common (near the fountain by the Part St. T)
- Toronto/Mississauga – 6 pm, 7880 Keele Street, Unit #14, Vaughan, ON L4K 4G7
- London – 17th May – 3-5 pm in front of Pakistan High Commission
Below, an extract from something I wrote recently about the Unsilencing Balochistan events in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi: Continue reading
Filed under: Freedom of expression | Tagged: #IamSabeen, Arts lobby, Balochistan, democracy, Enlightenment martyrs, intellecticide, Karachi University, kuch khaas, LUMS, sabeen mahmud, Safoora carnage | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 29, 2015 by beenasarwar
Below, some of the widespread condemnation and protest vigils against the cowardly murder of human rights activist and upholder of free speech Sabeen Mahmud, shot dead in Karachi on the night of April 24, 2015 after she hosted a conversation on human rights violations in Balochistan. Just published: Tanqeed’s partial transcript of the discussion. No, Sabeen was not a separatist, nor did she condone violence by anyone, whether in the name of nationalism, ethnicity, religion, or honour. She was a firm believer in open, civil dialogue. The best tribute we can pay to her is to keep her legacy alive by continuing to speak up and keep the dialogue going.
Statement by Malala Yousafzai on the killing of Sabeen Mahmud, April 25, 2015
LUMS STATEMENT on Sabeen Mahmud’s murder, April 25, 2015
HRCP shocked at T2F director’s murder, demands justice, April 25, 2015
Target Killing of Sabeen Mahmud: WAF Statement, 25 April 2015
SAHR Statement of Concern on the killing of Sabeen Mahmud, South Asians for Human Rights, April 27, 2015
Karachi citizens press release, April 28, 2015
Report from Lahore rally for Sabeen, April 28, 2015 Continue reading
Filed under: Human rights | Tagged: Balochistan, democracy, freedom of expression, HRCP, LUMS, Pakistan, Sabeen, SAHR, WAF | Leave a comment »