Religious minorities regularly experience discrimination and violence in Pakistan. Similarly, promotion of exclusive and sectarian interpretations of religion especially among youth by religious leaders, drive conflicts threatening stability and peace in the region. Therefore, FACES Pakistan in collaboration with HOPE’87, European Union and Austrian Development Cooperation launched “Support for Youth Employment” (SYE). “The project contributes to the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision of 19th June, 2014 on the rights of religious minorities.
SYE project will contribute towards the enhancement and preservation of equal citizenship and constitutional literacy in Pakistan. The project activities are based on mobilization, so to motivate and convince religious leaders, youth and media persons in contributing towards peace building and tolerance. Specifically this project will encourage the formulation and adoption of a strategy on religious tolerance and their large-scale acceptance in Pakistan. It addresses the federal capital Islamabad and 4 provincial capitals Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi. The project was initiated in January 2016 and will be completed in December 2018.
For this project we are working very closely with National Commission for Minorities (NCM), political and religious leaders, representatives of religious organizations and CSOs, home department and senior police officers. SANJHA –A Coalition for Equal Citizenship and Peace & Harmony Network Pakistan are also involved in this project as they have relevant contacts with the religious leaders and organizations. This has allowed us to devise an effective strategy through probing the issues, gaps and challenges regarding minorities in Pakistan and ultimately, to build consensus from the outset and to develop specific actionable policy recommendations on inter-faith harmony.