Centre for Peace and Justice Pakistan (CPJP)

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CPJP is an initiative of a group comprising of lawyers, scholars and practitioners with the aim of promoting peace and justice in Pakistan. Amongst other work, they advocate rights on fishermen detained in India and Pakistan.

The Centre for Peace and Justice Pakistan (CPJP) was established in Karachi in 1995, and is an initiative of a group of lawyers, scholars and practitioners with the aim of promoting peace and justice in Pakistan by working with student unions, labour organisations, NGOs, political parties and media. The work of CPJP is directed towards traditionally vulnerable communities and groups.

'Advocacy on Peace and Justice' is one of the main projects of CPJP in the area of peacebuilding. Through this project, the organisation has been advocating the rights of detained fishermen in India and Pakistan. There are roughly 800 fishermen imprisoned in either India or Pakistan. According to CPJP, “fishermen suffer the brunt of the neighbourly hostility, being ignorant, poor and marginalised communities unaware of the maritime border and protocols”. In violation of maritime borders, innocent fishermen are detained in India and Pakistan. CPJP is lobbying and advocating at different levels through seminars and workshops.

CPJP also work in the areas of environmental justice, human rights and governance. Activities include provision of legal aid and support, training and skills development, and research and analysis into Pakistani society.


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