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Death Anniversary of Perween Rehman

Perween Rehman, sister of a Las Vegas Physician Dr. Anis Khair and a prominent and respected world renowned social scientist, planner and architect, whose 30 years of selfless work in the service of poor, in Pakistan, and, in several countries was cut short, when she was murdered on March 13th 2013, by assailants on motor bikes, whose allegiance is thought to be with Karachi’s land mafia. 

She was a symbol of resistance for poor and voice of the marginalized community.   She was a teacher who nurtured many minds. This was not killing of one person but it was an attack on the leader of human rights defender, as one journalist wrote.

Perween Rehman is not only lost to her family but also to about 2 million people in Orangi town in Karachi, Pakistan, to communities in many other parts of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nepal, Namibia, Indonesia, Philippines .

An FIR bearing No. 104/2013 was lodged at local police station on the very same day of her murder, nominating two unknown assailants for commission of offences under Sections 302/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860.

A petition campaign was launched to bring perpetrators of Perween Rehman’s murderers to justice.  8000 signatories from many parts of the world have taken part in this campaign of seeking justice for Perween Rehman, including renowned professionals working for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UN agencies, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Institute of Environment and Development Studies (IIED) United Kingdom, Slum and Shack Dwellers International and members of civil society group. 

The petition also points out that Rahman’s murder was a classic example of the high handedness, negligence and failure of the law enforcement agencies in Karachi, which had not only failed to protect life, liberty and property of its citizens, but also failed to investigate murder of an internationally renowned social worker.

Despite passage of a year, police investigation is still pending and no progress has been made in apprehension of perpetrators of this crime.

Supreme Court of Pakistan has sanctioned, one month’s time, to conclude the probe into Perween Rehman’s murder.

ACTIVITY UPDATE:

1. THE LEGACY OF THE ORANGI PILOT PROJECT and ARCHITECT PERWEEN REHMAN

–          Date: April 11-12, 2014

–          Venue: MIT Boston, USA

–          Sponsor: THE AGA KHAN PROGRAM FOR ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE

      For further information visit: http://web.mit.edu/akpia/www/symporangi.htm

–          Email:  Fizzah Sajjad (fsajjad@mit.edu) or Hala B Malik (hala@mit.edu)

2.  Department of Architecture and Planning, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, is offering a Perween Rehman Course on Housing and Community to third year students from March 2014. Perhaps, this will inspire young professionals to work towards a more equitable society, where poor are given right to adequate shelter, clean water and healthy environment.

3.  Fellowship for Community Architects: The Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, based in Bangkok, Thailand, instituted a Fellowship Program for Community Architects in Asia called, ‘PERWEEN RAHMAN FELLOWSHIP FOR COMMUNITY ARCHITECTS.’ A total of 10 fellowships will be offered each year to architects working in low income settlements of Asia.

For further information visit:  www.communityarchitectsnetwork.info/getinvolved 

For further reading and updates, please follow links below:

–     Face book: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForPerweenRahman

–     Website: http://perweenrehman.wordpress.com/  

NPR broadcasted a special commentary on Ms. Perween Rehman for her dedicated wok in the slums of Karachi. http://www.npr.org/2013/03/14/174269213/pakistani-advocate-for-the-poor-slain-by-gunmen

 

Perween Rehamns’s interview –   http://vimeo.com/33250752

 

Impact of Ms. Rehman’s Project http://video.answers.com/impact-of-the-orangi-pilot-project-in-pakistan-489146025

 

 

 

 






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