Dear Friends, I have been working for the last 12 years in different parts of Pakistan and for the last 2 years in Afghanistan. The human rights situation is similar in both the countries to some extent but the deteriorated peace situation in Afghanistan added to the human sufferings more severely. As per the UN HRE program the first phase (2005-2007), the focus is on human rights education in primary and secondary schools. Its an excellent strategy to address human rights issues for having long term impact. But keeping in view the context of Pakistan and Afghanistan we also need to have some immediate responses to human rights violations. As both these are Islamic countries and also have strong culture and both religion and culture are being used as pretext for human rights and especially for women's human rights violations. Islam gives women their due rights on the other hand our cultural history says that there were many customary practices which were being practiced to protect women from any sort of violations. Still there are a lot of controversies in understanding Islam in its true sense. And in fact these are the two areas to be focused more if we want to get desired results. These are my personal views and that I think would be useful if taken into consideration in the subsequent phase of World Program for Human Rights Education. Thanks and looking forward for your valuable comments. Noor Marjan, Human Rights activist Pakistan and Afghanistan ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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