The World Court (AWHRC-Simorgh)
Simorgh has been a member organization of the AWHRC since 1988,when it was formed in Bangkok to (i)examine and address the lacunae in the UN Charter of Human Rights from a third world perspective and (ii)to work regionally and locally for the rights of women and other disempowered groups.
The World Social Forum in Karachi, in March 2006, provided the opportunity to hold this event in Lahore as the ‘Asian Human Rights Council,’ which was holding the ‘World Court’ in Karachi would be there in Lahore. The World Court was thus held in Lahore for the first time immediately after the World Court was held in Karachi.
The World Court Lahore was held at Lahore from 29th to 30th March at the HRCP Auditorium. It was planned on the same lines as the first Lahore Court. It had witnesses and speakers who testified to the violence of war, wars of globalisation and wars against women all over the world. A panel of judges and jurists analyzed and commented on such situations. The proceedings were interactive and communication was facilitated by in-tandem translation-a task that was with great ability and good humour undertaken by Tahira Abdullah. Tahira Abdullah had previously been one of the translators at Lahore Court as well.
Speakers at this event included members of AWHRC and AWHRC members from Pakistan. To name a few; these included Corrine Kumar who was the International Co-ordinator of AWHRC; Shakun Mohini and Madhu Bhushan from India; Ita F.Nadia from Indonesia; Rana Mustafa from Iraq; Wahu Kara from Kenya; along with Najma Sadeque, Maruim Palejo, Tabassum Bhatti and Nighat Said Khan all of whom were from Pakistan.
Overall the World Court Lahore was a successful event.
Asia Pacific Advisory Forum for Judicial Education on Equality Issues:
Protocol and Management Team Meetings
2007 began with the Asia Pacific Advisory Forum for Judicial Education on Equality Issues [Forum] and comprised three activities viz. (i) the Forum Management Team Meeting, (ii) a Results Based Management (RBM) Training Workshop and (iii) a Protocol Meeting.
These activities were held in Karachi instead of Lahore where Simorgh is based because two of the judges deeply involved in judicial education are currently based in Karachi, thus giving the former a distinct edge over the latter at this point in time. These judges are, Justice (R ) Nasir Aslam Zahid who, among other activities, teaches at the Hamdard Law School, and the Chief Justice of Sindh, Justice Sabihuddin.
The Forum is a regional network of five NGOs and senior judges from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka that including senior judges from Canada. Policy decisions regarding the Forum’s work are taken by the Management Team with concerned NGOs taking responsibility for policy and programme implementation. Drawing upon CEDAW and other human rights instruments, this regional initiative, which completed the first ten years of its life in 2006, was designed to conscientise members of the senior judiciary to women’s issues through education on equality issues.
Simorgh’s association with the Forum goes back to 1997.
The Forum Management Team comprises the following:
· Justice (R ) Claire L’Heureux Dubé (Canada)
· Justice (R ) Nasir Aslam Zahid (Pakistan)
· Justice Douglas Campbell (Canada)
· Justice Karim (Bangladesh)
· Justice Prabha Sridevan (India)
· Justice Dalveer Bhandari (India)
· Justice Shrestha (Nepal)
· Justice Sheerani Tilekawardane (Sri Lanka)
· Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk (Pakistan)
· Justice Tassaduq Jilani (Pakistan)
· Shirley Campbell (Canada)
· Prakash Mani, Pro Public, Nepal
· Rokhsana Khondkar, Khan Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
· Naina Kapur
· Smita Bharti Sakshi, New Delhi, India
· Anu Kapoor, Swayam, Kolkata, India
· Sumitra Fernandez, Women in Need (WIN) Sri Lanka
· Neelam Hussain, Simorgh, Pakistan.