Defence of Human Rights (DHR)
15 June 2022 11:00 am


Email: [email protected]


Tel: +92(0)51-5511686


Defence of Human Rights and Public Service trust, shortly DHR Pakistan, is an independent non-governmental, non-profit organization that was born out of the personal experience of deprivation of human rights of the victims of enforced disappearance, which is a form of torture not only for the victims but for the families of the victims as well.

Our prime work involves striving for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through a three-step strategy i.e. research, awareness and action (such as providing legal and economic aid) for the victims of enforced disappearance and torture.

The organization is registered under the Trust Act 1882 of Pakistan. It was founded by Mrs Amina Masood Janjua after the abduction of her husband Mr Masood Janjua on 30th July 2005.

After facing a wall from all directions, regarding Masood’s whereabouts, Amina decided to go for public demonstrations outside Parliament House in Islamabad. The public demonstrations started by one family were soon joined by hundreds of other aggrieved families whose loved ones had disappeared. After the continuous struggle and demonstrations, the Supreme Court of Pakistan took suo-moto notice of the missing persons. After this progress Mrs Amina Masood wrote applications to the Supreme Court for all of the missing persons; hence as a result of public, media and legal pressure, many illegal detainees were released. Shortly the struggle for disappeared was shaped in the forms of rallies, protests, awareness building through seminars and campaigns, and filing of cases of the Enforced Disappeared.

Vision: A world without enforced disappearances, injustices and where the enforced disappeared are reunited with their loved ones.

Mission: Defence of Human Rights is an organization that provides legal aid, psycho-social accompaniment, economic support, campaign, and lobbying for policy recommendations regarding the issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan to victims of torture, through active engagement with the stakeholders.

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Defence of Human Rights (DHR)