HRCP demands repeal of colonial laws that curb peaceful assembly

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The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) announces the launch of its study titled Freedom of Peaceful Assembly in Pakistan: A Legislative Review.

The study proposes to repeal and review many archaic colonial-era laws and discontinue primitive policing strategies. It makes elaborate recommendations to the legislature, executive as well as law enforcement agencies to ensure fulfilment of the right to peaceful assembly as per international human rights law standards.

HRCP was assisted by a high-profile working group, including Hina Jilani, Farhatullah Babar, Habib Tahir, Reema Omer and Saroop Ijaz,

while the study itself was conducted by Mr Asfand Yar Warraich.The right to peaceful assembly is a cornerstone of any democratic society.