STRIVING FOR PROMOTION OF INTERFAITH HARMONY
Human Friends Organization (HFO) is committed to enhance interfaith harmony and brotherhood among people hailing from different religious and social backgrounds. Since last 17 years, HFO is striving for the promotion of tolerance, peace, brotherhood and inter-religious harmony through advocacy and lobbying. In collaboration with Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs, HFO is playing a primary role in formulation of policies regarding interfaith harmony. HFO frequently organizes symposiums in which eminent scholars and religious leaders of different faiths participate to devise strategies for boosting inter-religious harmony.
ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING
The primary role and objective of Human Friends Organization is to do advocacy and lobbying for the rights of minorities and women. From district level to federal level, we are holding meetings, dialogue sessions and symposiums with authorities concerned, legislators and parliamentarians to brief them about the violations of minority rights and women rights with actual facts and figures. We are struggling to prevent the misuse of blasphemy laws which is widely being used to settle personal scores which is often resulted in mob lynching or extra judicial killing of innocents, curbing incidents of forced conversion of minor girls, gender equality, implementation of 5% job quota for minorities, implementation of quota allocated for minority students in public-sector educational institutions, development of ill-planned residential zones of religious minorities, and bonded labor.
Human Friends Organization is practicing advocacy with foreign envoys. HFO frequently holds meetings with diplomats to discuss the issues being faced by religious minorities and violations of human rights. Matters related to uplifting socio-economic status of marginalized segment of the society, freedom of faith, gender equality and elimination of poverty etc came under discussion during meetings.
RAISING VOICE AGAINST HR VIOLATIONS IN OCCUPIED KASHMIR
Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir is brutal violation of human rights. The abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech. Human Friend Organization (HFO) is vocal against unrelenting suppression of civil, political and economic rights in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Through peaceful demonstrations held outside the United Nations (UN) and while addressing the international conferences, HFO President Mr. Sajid Christopher is calling on the international community to take action against the well-documented human rights violations being committed by Indian forces against innocent Kashmiri men, women and to ensure Kashmiris get their right to self-determination.
PARLIAMENTARIANS’ CAUCUSES (FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL)
HFO has established parliamentarians’ caucuses comprising both minority and Muslim parliamentarians of National and provincial assemblies. The primary goal of formation of these caucuses is to enhance and promote pro-minority policies. These caucuses has been proved extremely fruitful in showing actual condition of minority rights to law makers so that they may address the issues in effective and efficient manner.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Human Friends Organization always stands at fore front against persecution of poor, marginalized segments of the society. HFO extends legal help to victims whether there is a case of false accusation of blasphemy or forced conversion of minor girls. We are proud and humbled to announce that HFO has succeeded in providing relief to a large number of innocent victims during last seventeen years of service.
HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK OF PAKISTAN (HRNP)
HFO believes in team work and unity. A network of human rights defenders has been established who operates at national, provincial and district levels to facilitate government and institutions to ensure timely justice for the victims of minority rights violations including forced marriage, conversion, blasphemy laws or religious clergy violence. HRNP is serving with a slogan of “together we can make a difference”.
SERVING HUMANITY AMID CATASTROPHES
Human Friends Organization firmly believes in serving humanity without any discrimination of religion, color, cast and creed. During current pandemic caused by Covid-19, HFO was aware of the miseries of the families hailing from lower class and lower-middle class. People were facing severe financial crisis and there was fear of rise in hunger and poverty. At this hour of need, HFO initiated across the country food distribution program through which thousands of Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs families were facilitated.
Education is a pre-requisite for lifting up the socio-economic conditions of any community. Therefore, HFO is playing an effective role in this regard as well. HFO’s Allama Paul Higher Secondary School is successfully delivering quality education among children of less privileged families. HFO also provides free books, bags, stationary and uniform to all students.
- KINSHIP- A HOME FOR ORPHAN KIDS
Children without families are the most vulnerable people in the world. Human Friends Organization (HFO) cares about these little shinning stars. An orphan care home named as “Kinship” is also being run by us where a large number of orphan children are being raised with care, love and affection. Nutritionist food, medical care and quality education is being provided to these kids so that they may not feel any deprivation in their upbringing. We try our best that no child living under the umbrella of “Kinship” may feel neglected or isolated. Kids are being provided such an environment where they lead their life with freedom and can become responsible citizen of our homeland.
- EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Human Friends Organization (HFO) is enabling women to earn livelihood by respectable means. Earning bread and butter with dignity and honor is a fundamental right of every single individual. Therefore, HFO is making efforts in this regard too. A “hope center” is being run where women are learning the art of stitching traditional dresses. A Competent instructor has been hired to impart skills among these women. With this initiative, after every three months, dozens of women become able for earning livelihood. The women who are being facilitated are generally from less-privileged families, majority of them are widows or single mothers.