In this episode, Francesca Recchia is in conversation with Reem Khurshid, a political cartoonist and illustrator based in Karachi.
Reem Khurshid recently collaborated with Justice Project Pakistan to illustrate their latest project “Who is the murderer?” The project is an interactive fictional story surrounding the mystery of a murder, a subsequent arrest, a confession and a death sentence, inspired by real events.
Justice Project Pakistan is a non-profit organization based in Lahore that represents the most vulnerable Pakistani prisoners facing the harshest punishments, at home and abroad.
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. The organization’s work combines strategic litigation, fierce domestic and international public and policy advocacy campaigns and building the capacity of stakeholders who can improve the representation and treatment of individuals at risk of execution.
A bill criminalizing torture in Pakistan, submitted by Senator Sherry Rehman and supported by the Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr. Shireen Mazari, was unanimously approved by the Senate on 12 July 2021. If passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan, the bill could, for the very first time, outlaw torture in the country.
By Francesca Recchia
15 July 2021
Reem Khurshid is a journalist, illustrator and editorial cartoonist from Karachi, Pakistan. She tweets at @ReemKhurshid.