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Welcome to NCJP

National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) is a human rights body, established by thePakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference in 1985. As an advocacy organization the Commissionfocuses human rights of the marginalized, especially religious minorities, women, children andlabour in Pakistan, which involves interventions regarding awareness, opinion building aboutlaw and policy reforms. NCJP carries out its activities through seven regional offices inRawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad, Karachi and Quetta and a Nationaloffice at Lahore. For its activities in the field NCJP relies on a cadre of 500+ human rightsactivists (volunteers) belonging to different religions, cultures and administrative regions ofPakistan. 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.

 

THEMATIC FOCUS

  • Discriminatory Laws and Practices
  • Unbiased Education Policies, Practices and Implementation
  • Freedom of Religion or Belief – Strengthening Rights of the Religious Minorities in Pakistan

 

STRATEGIES

  • Lobby and Advocacy
  • Community Mobilization and Awareness
  • Legal Assistance and Counselling
  • Research and Publication
  • Capacity Building

 

CAMPAIGNS

  • Campaign against Bonded labour
    • In 1987, NCJP launched its first campaign against bonded labour in brick kilns. A Collaborativeeffort with other organizations brought safeguards in the form of the ‘Law on Abolition ofBonded 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. NCJPled a countrywide campaign, participated by a wide range of the civil society organizations thatforced the government to withdraw its decision.
  • Campaign for Joint Electorate System
    • Since 1988 NCJP campaigned against the Separate Electorate System in Pakistan anddemanded for the restoration of the Joint Electorate System. With more than a decade longstruggle and the help of other civil society organizations, the Government restored the jointelectorates in 2002.
  • Discriminatory Laws
    • Since 1990 NCJP has campaigned against discriminatory laws in the country through advocacyand lobbying, research reports, awareness sessions and dialogue between religious scholars andleaders.
  • Unbiased Education
    • NCJP has been determined to focus on the issue of biased curriculum & reforms in educationpolicy 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 ofPakistan. The whole arrangement of curriculum in textbooks is visibly discriminatory againstreligious minorities which is contradictory to Article 20, 22 and 25 of the Constitution ofPakistan 1973, hampering religious freedom and equality of citizens. While the campaign hasachieved some success, the commission continues to work with government and otherstakeholders with an aim to build a more tolerant and peaceful Nation.