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BA European Studies, University of Maastricht
Nahdet El Mahrousa, membership mobilization coordinator
Soliya, Program Assistant Egypt
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Soliya Program Assistant
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Conflict Resolution, Youth, Education, Organizational Development
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Training, Program Design, Program Administration
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Youth empowerment and development

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At 9:30am on August 7, 2009, Waheed Ahmad said…
Human Rights Committee Meeting Minutes

A meeting of Human Rights Committee, Lahore High Court Bar Association under the presidentship of Mr. Munawar Iqbal Gondal President Lahore High Court Bar Association was held on 04-08-09 and the following members of Human Rights Committee of Lahore High Court Bar Association were present:

1. Waheed Ahmad Ch.

2. Ch. Muhammad Shahid Iqbal.

3. Sheikh Imran Mahfooz

4. Syed Adeel Abbass Tirmizi.

5. Muhammad Afzal Khuram

6. Rana Rahan

In the meeting the decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the emergency imposed on 3rd November, 2007 by ex-military dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf was highly appreciated rather admired. This decision was unique in the history of Pakistan which is unequivocally in line with the freedom of the Human Rights and Rule of Law. This decision will be a landmark which could stop future military intervention and not dare devil of the dictator. A wave of joy spread in whole of the country. It was a victory and a triumph after a long and protracted movement carried out by the lawyers.

As duration movement two members of this Human Rights Committee of Lahore High Court Bar Association namely Mr. Waheed Ahmad Ch. and Mr. Ch. Muhammad Shahid Iqbal had been victimized to the extent pushed behind the bars, prosecuted and tortured but they did not subdue to follow the dictator’s directions.

Very tyrannical situation had come across to the members of the bar leading in the movement resultant into ultimate success by restoration of Independent Judiciary and Rule of Law. In spite of very dreadful and formidable circumstances the struggle was not rendered to a slow down point. Due to persistent and untiring efforts and with the indomitable spirit and stamina the efforts were proved to be successful as the dictator is gone, the Rule of Law and Civil Rights have been restored, however, there are still very important rather mountainous tasks are still ahead for the complete restoration of Human Rights, the discovery of the missing persons who had been taken under the darkness of night from their homes during the pervious dictator’s regime, the provision of justice to a common man speedily, very stick law and order for the safety and security of common man, the procedure and system to be streamline for expeditious redressing of grievances of common man by the regime which could be implied as good governance for the cardinal principles to be practically implemented aimed at by the Human Rights Committee Lahore High Court Bar Association.

It is high time to propose rather request to also include our committee in the International Human Rights Forum to also contribute with devotion to aggrandize the Rule of Law and Human Rights world at large. With this inclusion of our committee we can share our experiences and also gain for the working more and more in judicious manner and with vigor and vitality. Hence, it is not out of place to request to please also invite the members of Human Rights Committee Lahore High Court Bar Association in all the international meetings to be held from time to time.

Waheed Ahmad

Advocate High Court

Secretary Human Rights Committee

Lahore High Court Bar Assocaition

At 6:53pm on May 14, 2009, Global Foundation said…
Hellow Sonja

I am glad to hear that you are working to be bridge between west,Arab and other muslims community.
Sonja! it is the need of the hour and i would like to appreciate your line of work.
hope to be connected with you in furture too

With best wishes

Waris Ali
Chairman Global Foundation,Lahore,Pakistan.
At 9:01pm on May 13, 2009, Josep Bahemuka said…
We are an international organization which offers volunteer opportunities in in all fields ie Humanitarian,Health,Education, Peace building, HIV/AIDS Agriculture, and many more in Uganda.
Have a look at our website though still under construction!.feel free to contact us in case you need more information

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At 3:23am on May 2, 2009, Brook Masters said…
Hello Sonja,
I have a group of US High School Students returning to Cairo, Egypt for a second time this June. I would love to connect them to an organization that is working to bridge the Western and Muslim Communities. Would Soliya be such an organization? Would there be a possibility of working with your organization? You may contact me at Thank you for your time and consideration! Sincerely, Brook Masters
At 5:17pm on February 4, 2009, shyam tosawad said…
Dear friend
Violance,war,conflicts,sufferings my desire to see world in peace and non violance has motivated me to join this network."Vasudev kutukbkam" entire world as a family, this was a teaching of our culture and traditional.we created countries,boundries,religions,cast,race for a genuine reason or a false reasons for any reason.but this the time to realise that we are one and we naturaly interconected with each other ,which we can just realise by watching inhale and exhale of breaths the source is same ,without any descrimanation,religion,bonundries, equaly for all living life of universe .When we understand this simple thing then we must understand how our and other's life is equaly important,valuble ,respectable .we should follow the nature's rule ,non violance .peace ,god has given us a human life not for destruction but for lookafter the wellbeing of all living life.
i shall be happy if you could include me in your circle of friends
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At 4:20am on November 18, 2007, Waheed Ahmad said…
I would like to inform you that i was arrested by Police from Lahore High Court on 5th November and then took me to the lock up then they sent me to Lahore jail and after 2 days they transfer me to Multan Jail, and now i am released on bail .

Police used tear gas and batons against lawyers protesting at President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule and detentions, Police arrested some 400 lawyers in Lahore's High Court compound. i was arrested from the Library of Lahore High Court .

The situation in the country is uncertain. There is a strong crackdown on the press and lawyers. Majority of the judges of the Supreme Court and four High Courts have not taken oath. The Chief Justice is under house arrest (unofficially).

The president of the Supreme Court Bar, Aitzaz Ahsan and two former presidents, Muneer Malik and Tariq Mahmood have been imprisoned for one month under the Preventive Detention laws.

The president of the Lahore High Court Ahsan Bhoon and former Bar Association leader Ali Ahmed Kurd have also been arrested. The police is looking for six other lawyers, including president of Peshawar and Karachi Bar association. The president of Lahore Bar Association is also in hiding.

There are scores of other political leaders who have also been arrested.

the imposition of emergency rule, the suspension of the constitution and fundamental rights of citizens of Pakistan. Other disturbing information about attacks on human rights organisations, the detention of thousands of Lawyers , social workers, human rights and political activists without any charges or judicial trial, curbing media autonomy and illegal actions against the judiciary are some examples of the denial of civil liberties and attack on democratic space of citizens in Pakistan. State force has been used to curb expressions of dissent.

The suspension of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 and imposition of emergency rule is indeed a tragedy for Pakistan. Such actions are ineffectual in responding to threats of terrorism and insurgency and put the people of Pakistan at greater risk of violation of their human rights. Tragically, numerous grievous violations have been documented in this period. Despite international demands no major improvement in the situation has been noticed so far.

Now i am not able to go to my Office , Police is every where and they have a free hand against Lawyer , they are sitting on our chairs in all Courts of Lahore/Pakistan.

we have no business and have many problems to feed our families.

I am also worried about my kid and family beacuse for the last 13 days no business and still have no idea how much it will take time, its bad for me and for Young Lawyers who don;t have much money to help/Support their families.

We shall be thankful if you could kindly send a Letter of Solidarity with the People of Pakistan.

At this time i am not in a position to type more , cuz i still have pain in my fingure due to Police,

With regards

Waheed Ahmad

Advocate High Court

Lahore , Pakistan
At 9:52pm on November 14, 2007, Gabriel said…
hey sonja. I already made a post on this site. It's pretty cool huh? Let's see how many responses we get.
At 6:30pm on November 10, 2007, Sonja said…
 Interested in the relationship between the “West” and the “Arab & Muslim World”?
 Passionate about connecting students from different parts of the world??
 Eager to facilitate dialogue, break stereotypes and promote understanding among students from diverse cultural backgrounds???

Dear all,

you've read the three questions above?? And the answers are: 'yes, yes and yes!'?? Then keep on reading cause this is a very interesting facilitation opportunity, I would like to share with you.

Soliya, the organization I am working for, is recruiting skilled volunteers to facilitate its Connect program for the Spring semester 2008. As a facilitator you'll mediate online-discussions between university students from the United States, Europe and the Middle East. The online dialogues are addressing the root causes of tension between the "West" and the "Arab and Muslim world" and intend to promote intercultural awareness and understanding. To put it simply, the Connect Program intends to bridge the gap between these two worlds. As a facilitator, you'll engage with people from different cultural backgrounds, explore their various opinions and become part of the bridge!

On the website you'll find much more details but for now, I would like to tell you, that this really is a great opportunity! Personally, I think it's amazing that you can see, hear and talk to people that are, at that very moment, spread all across the globe. Through a video conferencing type of exchange, you find yourself in a virtual class room that allows smooth interaction and intimate discussions. And then, talking about the discussions, they are surrounding really hot topics, like the US role in the Iraq war, Israel/Palestine, terrorism or the role of religion. You can imagine, that students coming from so many different backgrounds and cultures, have different opinions and often disagree. So, facilitating is truly a challenge but in the end, it is great to see people understanding each other and sometimes even agreeing. And finally, it is not all about politics, but also about cultural exchange and above all fun!! Honestly, I highly recommend this program and would love to see you join our team.

Apply and become part of the bridge!!

For more information, you can check out the attachment, visit our website or contact me by mail or phone 011 8043448. If you already know that you want to volunteer as a facilitator, please send a brief cover letter along with your Résumé to This is quite a competitive recruitment, so make sure you apply before the deadline: November 25th.

Also please share this with as many people as possible.

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Sonja Arnold

Program Assistant Egypt


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