We aim to enforce fundamental human rights through strategic litigation. One focus of our litigation rests in the choice of subject matter, the cases we choose to litigate will be dependent upon whether the outcome will have bearing on a particular provision of law. We pursue public interest litigation cases in these thematic areas; the war on terror, government accountability, death penalty, torture and blasphemy.
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are a group of small administrative units in the northwest of Pakistan, lying between the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and the neighbouring country of Afghanistan. They comprise of seven tribal agencies and six smaller frontier regions including north and south Waziristan.
The Constitution of Pakistan governs FATA through rules left by the British in 1901 – the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). The FCR was declared ‘black law’ by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1995, however the legislature has failed to provide the tribal people with a system of governance ensuring rights of individuals in the constitution. The Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and High Courts of Pakistan do not extend directly to FATA and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), according to Article 247 and 248 of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan.