Mr. Samson Salamat is the Director of Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE)- Pakistan, a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political organization established by a group of human rights educators and defenders to strengthen the human rights culture through educational programs, research and advocacy initiatives.

Mr. Samson Salamat is also working as consultant for different NGOs and CBOs focusing human rights education such as Taraqee Passand Organization, Tangh Development Organization, and Global Movement for Equal Rights, Green Land Society for Special Education, Tangh Development Organization, and Association for Human Development.

Mr. Samson Salamat has done Masters in Political Science and attended various trainings and courses on human rights including International Human Rights Training Program and trainings on human rights from Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Uganda.

Mr. Samson Salamat previously has worked for over eight years (2000 to 2008) as Program Coordinator with National (Catholic) Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), a human rights body of the Catholic Church in Pakistan working since 1985 on civil and political rights with a special focus on the protection and promotion of the rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.

Mr. Samson has also worked for two years (2008-2010) as Program Manager for Mukhtar Mai Women’s Welfare Organization with the special focus on the initiatives to voice against all forms of violence and discrimination against women through advocacy, capacity building, awareness raising, and service delivery initiatives.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK IN PAKISTAN
(Samson Salamat, Director of Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan)

Human Rights Defender (HRDs) is a person, who believes on human dignity on the basis of equality and non-discrimination and struggle to defend own rights and of other human beings in a peaceful manner.

The human rights defenders face repression and harassment by their own governments and non-state entities for exposing human rights abuses and failure of the legal and judicial system. United Nations adopted The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in 1998 which recognizes the importance and legitimacy of the work of human rights defenders, as well as the need for better protection and constitutes a clear commitment on the part of all UN member states to respect the rights of human rights defenders at the national and international levels. (Read Full Article)

 

CIVIL SOCIETY OF PAKISTAN
CONTRIUBTION, IMPACT, CHALLENGES AND WAY FORWARD

(Samson Salamat, Director- Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan)
Introduction, Contribution and Impact

Pakistan’s civil society is a very vibrant and has led the struggle for democracy and human rights despite a wide range of blocking forces and challenges. Even in the complexity of terrorist threats, Pakistani civil society has bravely countered extremist’s narratives, help reduce violence and foster a culture of peace and human rights (Read Full Article)

 

 

“Why Democratic Citizenship Education Now?” : Philosophy and lessons learned


Samson Salamat, Director Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan
(Presented at 2013 Seoul Democracy Forum- South Korea)

 

Emergence of Democracy in Asia and Democracy Movements
If we just look back at the last three decades of the region, we find only three democracies– India, Philippines and Japan. Japan was considered both democratic and prosperous of these three countries. India had yet to liberalize its economy and the Philippines had only emerged a year earlier from 20 years of dictatorship. The rest of the region was dominated by Communist, military, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian states. (Read Full Article)

 

The plight of Religious minorities in Pakistan

(Samson Salamat, Director Centre for Human Rights Education)

The brutal killings of the Governor of Punjab Mr. Salman Taseer and the Federal Minister for Minorities’ Affairs Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti have indicated the vulnerability of people’s rights and freedoms, especially the religious minorities in Pakistan. (Read Full Article)