Awareness raising in FATA through NGOs networking

The Federally Administered Tribal Area of Pakistan is a backward area and can be rightly called a Human Rights Free Zone. There are no constitutional Human Rights in this neglected part of globe. The jurisdiction of the higher courts of Pakistan is not extended here and even legislators elected by people in this area do not have righte to take part in legislation for this deprived area. Civil society is very weak and political and social activities were banned only a few years back, since the inception of Pakistan in 1947. Now a political process has started but as far as NGOs' work is concerned, there are myriad issues at society and state level. We decided to get people educated through awareness by civil society organizations. For this purpose we, the civil society, realized the importance of networking of civil society organizations at FATA level and started raising awareness through networking of civil society in FATA. We formed a FATA local NGOs network called TNC.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

1.Raising awareness through networking of CSOs in FATA.
2. Educating people in FATA by strengthening civil society

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

1. A network of CSOs was launched.
2. Civil Society was strengthened through a networking formation.
3. People got educated about their rights.
4. Human rights were recognized.
5. Democracy has prevailed.
6. Peace is promoted.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

FATA is a conservative area where politics and activism are like a forbidden flower. The state has not yet done any rights-related activities in this part of the world. This area is neglected. People have no rights. With the launching of a CSOs network it was realized by state and society that the networking was performing well. Due to the efforts of this networking, reforms were announced by the state, which is a step towards the realization of the rights of people in FATA.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

1. 150 local civil society organizations formed a network to protect and promote rights in FATA.
2. 10 million people in FATA realized their rights as human being and started working for obtaining them.
3. Civil Society was strengthened in FATA and is now more effective and practical.
4. Reforms by government were announced.
5. The political parties order of 2002 was extended to FATA.
6. Frontier Crimes Regulation of 1901 was amended.
7. Political and social activities were created and people started to campaign to be part of the mainstream.

CHALLENGES FACED

1, Frontier Crimes Regulation of 1901 was the main obstacle. This regulation itself is a gross human rights violator, which is against the formation of civil society and politics and political or social organization formation. This regulation is anti human rights. Extremism and terrorism, which have engulfed this area, are dangerous aspects of this region, which dislike such social networking and think that it will lead to the death of them. Hundreds of thousands civil society activists and political workers lost their lives while struggling to bring people to te mainstream. The state itself is against reforms and wants the status quo to continue, which is a very negative and anti-people concept of the state.

LESSONS LEARNT

We realized that awareness raising through networking is the best instrument to be applied. Without the networking of CSOs and NGOs no progress can be made. To have formed it earlier would have been better. Collective steps can be more effective and can be more fruitful and result-oriented.

COUNTRY

Pakistan

CITY

FATA

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