The HRCP recorded 1,202 cases of murder, including 636 honor killings, 755 cases of sexual harassment and violence, 736 kidnappings, and 143 attacks by burning. Two women politicians, Zille Huma, Punjab Minister for Women Development, and Benazir Bhutto, the chair of the Pakistan People�s Party, were assassinated. Throughout the country, women were prevented from voting, and girls were terrorized into staying away from school. The HRCP recorded 258 cases of rape and gang rape against children.
The conclusions of the report were not optimistic. The introduction to the report states that "...the country's human rights agenda was unlikely to be lightened in 2008, and that there was no alternative to constant vigilance."
According to the HRCP, conservative social practices and religious extremism are the main causes of these human rights violations.
Media Resources: BBC News 04/15/08; Deutsche Presse-Agentur 04/14/08; Pakistan Daily Times 04/17/08; Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .