Guest at Shelter City Zwolle in 2021
Human rights defender 2021: Sohail
The human rights defender currently hosted in Zwolle is Sohail from Pakistan. Sohail was wrongly incarcerated for ten years in a Pakistan prison. After he was released, Sohail committed himself to supporting ex-prisoners to reintegrate. Now he works for “Justice Project Pakistan” (JPP), a local organization which deals with the rights of (ex-)prisoners. JPP investigates on the topic of human rights violations and supports victims of it. Sohail’s goal is to build a ‘healing center’ back in Pakistan, where former prisoners receive support. During his stay in the Netherlands, he aims to network with similar organizations and to learn from them.
If you are interested in hearing more of Sohail's story, listen to this podcast made by the BBC: Outlook - After facing death row, the inmate who turned investigator - BBC Sounds
You can find out more about JPP here: Home - JPP