Welcome to NCJP
National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) is a human rights body, established by the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference in 1985. As an advocacy organization the Commission focuses human rights of the marginalized, especially religious minorities, women, children and labour in Pakistan, which involves interventions regarding awareness, opinion building about law and policy reforms. NCJP carries out its activities through seven regional offices in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad, Karachi and Quetta and a National office at Lahore. For its activities in the field NCJP relies on a cadre of 500+ human rights activists (volunteers) belonging to different religions, cultures and administrative regions of Pakistan. NCJP received an International Human Rights Award by the Tji-Hak- Soon (Tulip) Foundation of South Korea in 2001, for its services in promotion of human rights.
- Discriminatory Laws and Practices
- Unbiased Education Policies, Practices and Implementation
- Freedom of Religion or Belief – Strengthening Rights of the Religious Minorities in Pakistan
- Lobby and Advocacy
- Community Mobilization and Awareness
- Legal Assistance and Counselling
- Research and Publication
- Capacity Building
- Campaign against Bonded labour
- In 1987, NCJP launched its first campaign against bonded labour in brick kilns. A Collaborative effort with other organizations brought safeguards in the form of the ‘Law on Abolition of Bonded Labour’ in 1992.
- Campaign against Inclusion of Column of Religion in National Identity Card
- In 1992, the government tried to include a column of religion in National Identity Card. NCJP led a countrywide campaign, participated by a wide range of the civil society organizations that forced the government to withdraw its decision.
- Campaign for Joint Electorate System
- Since 1988 NCJP campaigned against the Separate Electorate System in Pakistan and demanded for the restoration of the Joint Electorate System. With more than a decade long struggle and the help of other civil society organizations, the Government restored the joint electorates in 2002.
- Discriminatory Laws
- Since 1990 NCJP has campaigned against discriminatory laws in the country through advocacy and lobbying, research reports, awareness sessions and dialogue between religious scholars and leaders.
- Unbiased Education
- NCJP has been determined to focus on the issue of biased curriculum & reforms in education policy since 2006 when the education policy was framed and then approved in September 2009. The Commission is deeply concerned on the issue of religious biases in education system of Pakistan. The whole arrangement of curriculum in textbooks is visibly discriminatory against religious minorities which is contradictory to Article 20, 22 and 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, hampering religious freedom and equality of citizens. While the campaign has achieved some success, the commission continues to work with government and other stakeholders with an aim to build a more tolerant and peaceful Nation.