Legal Awareness Watch Pakistan (LAW)
Legal Awareness Watch Pakistan (LAW) is a non-profitable entity registered under the law in year 1999 having its registration number as 1388. LAW since its association has been advocating and raising awareness in Pakistan on human rights of prisoners behind 104 prisons of Pakistan i.e. the right to vote, right to dignity, right to life, etc. LAW has been running awareness-raising advocacy on the abolition of barbaric death penalty and miserable life imprisonment practices upon marginalized including women and children.
To achieve its objectives, LAW in collaboration with stakeholders implements advocacy sessions, and forums across Pakistan to enhance the working capacity of the stakeholders, and organs of the criminal justice system. LAW not only implements awareness-raising advocacy sessions, however it also defends (at all judicial and administrative levels) minors in conflict with law, women, and marginalized those implicated falsely in criminal cases including blasphemy under section 295 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860. Moreover, LAW has a group of researchers who conduct research on diverse legal issues in order to produce updated legal information that eventually shared with stakeholders in advocacy sessions.
LAW targeted that Juvenile Justice System Act 2018 as well as Destitute and Neglected Children Act, 2004 in light of the United Nations Convention on Child Rights (CRC) which the State of Pakistan ratified and signed in 1990 be implemented all across Pakistan. Domestic laws and regulations on children be implemented in light of CRC particularly General Comment No. 10 and 21 construing domestic laws by virtue of Article 37 and Article 6 of CRC disregarding awarding of life imprisonment without parole and use of the death penalty upon children even in rarest of rare circumstance. Despite ratification of CRC in 1990 there were instances: where Pakistan often dispatched to gallows or extra judicially murdered during police custody under section 167 Criminal Code of Procedure 1898 or subjected to extreme violence in police custody and in prisons.