About Minority Support Pakistan!
Minority Support Pakistan is a non-partisan organization devoted to building advocacy, education and respect for minority rights in Pakistan. Its mission is to ensure that all minorities in Pakistan can avail their rights to equality and freedom of religion under the Constitution of Pakistan and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Minority Support Pakistan (MSP) seeks to put an end to systematic violations of human rights against minorities in Pakistan and to foster a nationwide culture of civic pluralism, equal rights, and freedom of religion for all people in Pakistan, as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Minority Support Pakistan was formed in response to the recent catastrophic rise in domestic terrorism in Pakistan and the resulting breakdown of constitutional rights, law enforcement, and judicial accountability. MSP is particularly concerned with what is commonly referred to in Pakistan as “sectarian terrorism.” The scourge of sectarian terrorism in Pakistan has increased exponentially since the late 1980s. In recent years thousands of innocent people have been murdered, yet not a single perpetrator of this violence has been brought to justice on a permanent basis. The federal government of Pakistan remains unable or unwilling to intervene on behalf of beleaguered minority communities. The most vulnerable and isolated of these groups, such as the Shia Hazara of Quetta, Balochistan, now face unmitigated intimidation and killing campaigns of near genocidal proportions.
How we work
Minority Support Pakistan conducts investigative research, legal advocacy, and popular education on behalf of Pakistan’s most beleaguered minority communities. We disseminate our research, liaise, and ally with key stakeholders in the government, military, and civil society of Pakistan, as well as with relevant international human rights bodies. At the same time, we aim to mobilize large and inclusive coalitions of Pakistani citizens and global human rights activists to campaign locally, nationally and internationally to increase pressure on policy makers and generate increasing demand for the legal and social culture of human rights in Pakistan.
MSP RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY MODEL
1. Identify a situation in which the human and constitutional rights of a particular minority community in Pakistan have been systematically and repetitively violated;
2. Dispatch a team of qualified practitioners to conduct formal investigative field research and long term monitoring in partnership with and on behalf of a particular community;
3. Publish and disseminate the results of the research—including actionable recommendations for local, national, and international stakeholders;
4. Design a legal/political and social action campaign platform based around the results and recommendations of the research and tailored to the needs of the particular community and the long-term mandate of MSP;
5. Mobilize an inclusive coalition to join and advance the campaign using the tools and tactics of online and offline organizing; achieve substantive campaign wins on behalf of the particular community and simultaneously help to rebuild a culture of civic pluralism and human rights in Pakistan.
HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS
Increase in quality and quantity of formal documentation of human rights abuses against minority groups in Pakistan;
Total numbers of Pakistani citizens mobilized to advance MSP’s human rights campaigns and causes;
Total number of politicians, military, and government officials mobilized to carry out MSP’s legal and social policy agenda to protect the rights, freedoms, and security of vulnerable minorities;
Increased and improved law enforcement and judicial response to incidents of terrorism and human rights violations;
Long-term reduction in the frequency and severity of human rights violations on local and national basis in Pakistan.