66% believe human rights observed in Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, 25 May, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- A recent Gilani poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan shows that, two thirds of Pakistanis (66%) believe human rights are observed in Pakistan to a great extent, but only six in ten believe there is equality before the law. The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of 2690 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during May 2009. When the respondents were read out a list of human rights it was seen that majority believe that all of those are followed in Pakistan: Right to Freedom of Religion (90%), Right to Freedom of Expression (78%), Right to Marriage with consent of the intending spouses (78%), Right to Freedom from Torture (64%), Right to Just and Favorable Remuneration (65%), Equality before the Law (61%). A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked In your view, to what extent are human rights laws obeyed in Pakistan. Thirteen percent (13%) believe they are obeyed to a great extent and the majority, 535, of the respondents claimed human rights laws are observed to some extent, whereas, 28% think they are not at all followed in Pakistan. In a follow up question respondents were read out a few basic human rights and were asked the extent to which each of them were enforced in Pakistan. The results for each indicated interesting variations in perspectives about Pakistani society. The overwhelming majority of Pakistanis think right to freedom of religious practice is observed in Pakistan to some or a great extent. Fifty one percent (51%) of the respondents think that Right to Freedom of Religion is enjoyed by everyone in Pakistan to a great extent. Thirty nine percent (39%) said it is enjoyed to some extent and only 9% believe Pakistanis do not have the freedom to practice the religion of their choice. In a country where 95% or more of the population belongs to the same religion, it is not surprising that most people do not feel t heir right to religious freedom is infringed upon by the state or by society. Forty one percent (41%) believe that Right to Freedom of Expression is observed in Pakistan to a great extent. Thirty one percent (31%) think it is to some extent and 21% of the respondents do not think there is freedom of expression in Pakistan. One of the reasons of t his favourable opinion is the perception that Media is becoming increasingly free in Pakistan. Another human right, Right to marriage with free and full consent of the intending spouses is believed to be obeyed in Pakistan to a great extent by 34% of the respondents. Forty four percent (44%) said it is followed to some extent, where as 21% do not believe this rule is fulfilled. Almost equal percentage of men and women said that the above mentioned marriage rule is followed in Pakistan.
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|Publication:||Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||May 25, 2009|
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