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Tag Archives: pakistan

Forced marriages: School holidays prompt warning

Teachers, doctors and airport staff need to be alert to the problem of forced marriages over the school holidays, the government has warned. Ministers said there were concerns about teenagers being taken abroad thinking they were going on holiday but being forced into marriage instead. Figures suggest cases are particularly...
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The future of Afghan refugees in Pakistan

 By ZAHID SHAHAB AHMED  (open Democracy) Pakistan’s decision to speed up the return of the three million Afghan refugees living across the border places strain on a bilateral relationship already suffering from a massive trust deficit. As the US-led coalition forces have decided to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, there are...
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Afghan Refugees Need Right Conditions To Return Home

The United Nations refugee chief today thanked the Pakistani Government for itsgenerosity towards Afghans who have sought refuge in the country, while alsocalling for creating the right conditions in Afghanistan that will promotelarge-scale voluntary returns. “At a time when many countries are closing their doors to those fleeing violenceand persecution,...
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Forced marriage in the UK: hidden from view

“Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.” Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16 (2) Forced marriage is a serious issue in the UK. The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) received 1063 reports of possible forced marriages in the first six months...
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Emergency Shelter Agencies Appeal for US$ 67 Million for Families Displaced by Southern Pakistan Floods

– As Pakistan’s southern Sindh province struggles to cope with some of the worst flooding in its history, IOM and its partners in the “cluster” of aid agencies providing emergency shelter have appealed to international donors for US$ 67 million to help at least 274,000 vulnerable families. The appeal, which...
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