ADVOCACY

AGHS is the leading law firm in Pakistan behind which other organizations have rallied on legal reforms and it is quite often consulted by law-making bodies when formulating or proposing reforms to lobbying with legislators touching upon human rights.

AGHS has initiated and been a part of advocacy campaigns on human rights issues that have led to important constitutional, legislative and policy changes and measures, improving judicial sensitivity to human rights violations and creating public awareness on human rights.

Advocacy is carried out through the dissemination of human rights material in written and audio-visual forms; lectures, seminars and press conferences; mass communication for awareness; and lobbying with legislating bodies, policy-makers and media.

AGHS also carries out research on legal and social issues that affect the situation of human rights.

LEGAL REFORMS

AGHS has contributed to the following legislation and policies:

  • The 1997 Women’s Commission Report
  • Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1992
  • Family Court (amendment) Ordinance, 2002
  • West Pakistan Family Courts Act 1997 (amendments)
  • Constitutional amendments to increase quota of women parliamentarians
  • Juvenile Justice System Ordinance, 2000
  • Protection of Women (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2006
  • Police Order 2002
  • Pakistan Penal Code (Offences Against Religion)
  • Draft law on National Human Rights Commission
  • Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010
  • Acid and Burn Crime Bill (2014)
  • Child Marriage Restraint Act
  • Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act (2014)
  • Anti Honour Killings Bill (2016)
  • Anti Rape Bill (2016)
  • Elections Act 2017