Areas of Work
Justice Project Pakistan is one of the leading non-profits in Pakistan and one of the few to focus on torture and the death penalty. It is based in Lahore and represents the most vulnerable Pakistani prisoners facing the harshest punishments. JPP investigates, advocates, educates, and litigates, building public and political support as well as legal precedents that will lead to systemic reform of the criminal justice system in Pakistan. In 2016, JPP was awarded the first-ever Franco-German Human Rights Prize.
JPP has taken its work to the international arena, via reports and advocacy meetings with United Nations treaty bodies and relevant European Union institutions. It has developed innovative tools, including a global Covid-19 in detention tracker and a vulnerability index to advocate for the release of vulnerable detainees in times of pandemic.
Its novel communication strategies include “This is (Not) a Game”, an online simulation of a woman caught in the web of Pakistan’s criminal justice system after her husband’s arrest, and the 2018 “No Time to Sleep” campaign, in which a well-known Pakistan actor re-enacted the last 24 hours of a detainee awaiting execution.