In April GHRD signed a new partnership agreement with Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP), a human rights organization based in Faisalabad, Punjab Province.
GHRD will collaborate with HRFP on human rights issues for minorities in Pakistan and liaise on fact finding of specific incidents of human rights abuse. GHRD has already received information on persecution of minorities under the blasphemy laws and intends to lobby on this issue in 2011. HRFP will also undertake a fact finding mission in the region of Azad Kashmir, to begin work in this area – a region that has been closed to international attention and scrutiny for some time.
Information received from HRFP will form the basis of GHRD’s lobbying on human rights for minorities in Pakistan. This partnership is a crucial step towards GHRD’s expansion on activities in Pakistan.