About ALARM

Advocacy and Legal Aid for Religious Minorities

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The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) are implementing a project titled Advocacy and Legal Aid for Religious Minorities (ALARM). The project has two main components: (i) the provision of legal aid to religious minorities and (ii) advocacy for freedom of religion and belief (FORB) at the national level.

HRCP has formed a National Interfaith Working Group (NIFWG) which includes representatives from various religious minority communities from across the country as part of its advocacy efforts for FORB at the national level. The NIFWG meets on a regular basis to discuss FORB related issues in the country. The NIFWG is also to conduct fact-finding missions to highlight FORB related issues and to provide recommendations to the relevant stakeholders to address these issues. The AGHS Legal Aid Cell is providing legal assistance to members of religious minority communities in Punjab as part of this project. HRCP and AGHS Legal Aid Cell are also pursuing two Public Interest Litigation (PIL) cases for this project. The first PIL that has been filed is to advocate for the protection of a place of worship and religious significance and the second PIL that has been filed is to advocate for the implementation of the June 2014 Judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan reaffirming the rights of non- Muslim citizens.