Rida Tahir

Rida Tahir is a UK qualified Barrister-at-law, a licensed Advocate in Pakistan and a human rights activist.

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Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

Supreme Court of Pakistan prohibits execution of condemned prisoners with mental illnesses: A promising start towards reforming Pakistan’s death penalty problem?

On 10 February, 2021, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) delivered its landmark judgement in Safia Bano v. Home Department (along with 2 consolidated cases). This judgment held that if a condemned prisoner, due to
Sadaf Aziz v. Federation of Pakistan: The end of virginity testing in Pakistan?

Sadaf Aziz v. Federation of Pakistan: The end of virginity testing in Pakistan?

Across Pakistan, the two finger test (TFT), also known as the virginity and hymen test is conducted on female survivors and victims of rape and sexual abuse. It is a practice whereby two fingers are inserted inside the female genitalia
Pakistan: Discriminatory rules preclude Afghan refugee children from attaining secondary education

Pakistan: Discriminatory rules preclude Afghan refugee children from attaining secondary education

In 2012, the Board of Secondary Education in Karachi (BSEK), made it mandatory for ninth grade students to possess a Child Registration Certificate. The certificate serves as an identity for nationals below the age of 18. Refugee ...
Supreme Court of Pakistan grants federal government the power to arbitrarily restrict mobile services

Supreme Court of Pakistan grants federal government the power to arbitrarily restrict mobile services

The federal government of Pakistan often issues directions to suspend cellular mobile services, ostensibly for reasons of national security. Mobile services (2G/3G/4G/LTE) are usually ordered to be suspended on specified days for long ...
A drought-stricken and marginalised Tharparkar: The right to water and COVID-19 in Pakistan

A drought-stricken and marginalised Tharparkar: The right to water and COVID-19 in Pakistan

The people of Tharparkar (Thar), Pakistan, called ‘Tharis’, have been facing water scarcity for years. In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the provision of quality water is essential. While the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ...