The International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) Islamabad
”In the service of progressive forces across Pakistan”
Introduction: The International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) Islamabad is an independent chapter of IIRE Amsterdam. IIRE Islamabad established in 2010 in collaboration with Amsterdam office. Now institute is functioning independently with aim to develop cadre of political, human rights and peace activists to strengthen the democratic and progressive environment for the development of society.
Democracy and Democratic Institute:
Pakistan is facing multiple challenges caused by uneven and unfair political and economic development. From the day first of the formation of the country, the democratic political system and institute couldn’t run properly, as military directly intervene and rule the country around 35 years out of 66. Continues interruption in political processes also triggering numerous social, religious and economic issues at various levels. Country is suffering a lot because of extremism and militancy since long time which is badly affecting the whole society specially working class, women and religious minorities.
Human Rights Violations:
Due to political, economic and social instability the rights of common peoples are being violated by state and non state actors’. The basic human rights abuse and intolerance is one of the bleak areas in society. Political rights violations and forced disappearance of political and human rights activists is another critical phenomenon. As per different reports thousands of activists are disappeared allegedly by state actors and their supported Jahad’s groups. Despite massive protest and campaigning bullet riddled dead bodies being received rather than safe recovery. The political and human rights activist are under threat and unable to freely express their views.
Discriminatory laws against religious minorities are one of the strong instruments to harass and target the minorities. Number of Muslim and non Muslim political leadership and activists has been targeted on the basis of these laws. Without religious harmony, respect of humanity and appropriate legislation these issue could not adequately address.
Women are suffering because of Rights Violations:
Although adequate legislations has been made to protect the women. But question is who will implement the legislation in the best interest of women. Domestic violence, harassment at work and public palaces, forced marriages and honor killing are some prominent examples of violence against women. Simultaneously still in number of areas there is ban on girls’ education, jobs and no health facilities for women.
Environment and Climatic Issues:
As south Asian region particularly Pakistan suffering a lot since last many years due to global warming and climate change. A recurrent devastating flood at national level is one of the adverse impacts of climate change and threatening poor and marginalized people.
The IIRE Islamabad shares the belief of grassroots activists that societies can and must be changed democratically from grassroots. This change must be made primarily by those who suffer from exploitation, oppression and injustice. The IIRE reflects the importance of situating each struggle in a particular country in a broader context, and of the need to develop wide-ranging international solidarity.
IIRE Islamabad Focused Areas:
Being a research and education institute and keeping in view the above mentioned situation following are majors focused areas;
- To organize political schools, seminars, workshops and conferences to develop, democratic, progressive and political cadre
- Human rights education and promotion
- Establishing network, between democratic, secular and progressive forces. Also organizing campaign for the awareness and education of common people.
- To raise awareness on Environmental and climatic issues and lunched campaigns for climate justice.
- Advocacy for the promotion of peace, tolerance and harmony against extremism.
Publications:Since the establishment of institute following are the major publications on different issues;
- Analytical study on “Public financing on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and its effectiveness in District Bagh AJ&K”
- Analytical study on “Disasters preparedness, risks reduction and public financing on DRR in District Muzafrabad AJ&K”
Governance/Directors of Institute:
- One Director
- Five members board of Directors
IIRE Islamabad is registered institute as trust with the government of Pakistan in Islamabad.
Account Detail :
International institute for research & education Islamabad. Account No 0537119001003558 Muslim Commercial Bank F-8 Markaz Islamabad. Swift Code :MUCBPKKA Branch Code : 1445
Email: iireislamabad @ iire . org