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World Sindhi Institute

  • Washington, DC
  • www.worldsindhi.org

Mission Statement

The World Sindhi Institute (WSI) is committed to achieving human rights for the Sindhis of Sindh in southeastern Pakistan through a nonviolent advocacy, activist, and academic campaign. WSI brings together Sindhis of all religious and geographical backgrounds and their supporters in a proactive, progressive movement whose purpose is to inform others of the human rights and environmental atrocities occurring in Sindh. In order to increase regional stability in south Asia , WSI campaigns for the following developments in Pakistan: - Secularism (separation of "Church and State"); - Democracy (vs. Military Rule); - Demilitarization (civilians, rather than the army, should rule); - Decentralization (each Province should be "autonomous & sovereign", according to the 1940 Pakistan Resolution); and - Nuclear Disarmament (Pakistan must rid itself of Nuclear weapons)

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ruling year

1998

Principal Officer

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Mr. Munawar Laghari

Keywords

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Pakistani, human rights, Sindh, Sindhi, Pakistan, peace, South Asia, environment, democracy

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WSI

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52-2025438

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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WSI's primary purpose is to advocate on behalf of the Sindhis of Sindh. WSI meets with world leaders to address the human rights abuses currently taking place in Pakistan. It has participated in numerous UN conferences on human rights, has testified before Congress, and has met with numerous leaders in the international community committed to human rights. Each year, WSI hosts a number of educational events throughout the world, including its annual international conference in Washington, DC. Historically, WSI has addressed Military Rule in Pakistan; Human Rights; The Women and Girls of Sindh; The Water Crisis in Sindh; and The Right to Self-Determination, among others. WSI also connects thousands of Sindhis annually, and promotes Sindhi culture and language through the production of Sindhi CDs, books, and videos.

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World Sindhi Institute

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Principal Officer

Mr. Munawar Laghari

BIO

Munawar Laghari, Executive Director of the World Sindhi Institute (WSI) and International Representative of SINDH WATCH, a quarterly magazine published by WSI, holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Mehran University in Jamshro, Sindh. Born in 1964, he has spent most of his life advocating for human rights and humanitarian causes. In the process of his struggles, he sacrificed his academic career, family relations and ties to his land. As retribution for his advocacy work in Sindh in the 1980s and 1990s, Pakistani forces held Laghari captive and tortured him. Due to threats of continuous persecution, Laghari escaped Sindh, leaving behind his parents, brother, cousins and friends, and sought asylum in the United States , where he has lived since 1994. Mr. Laghari is a founding member of The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC). Laghari is also a member of the United Nation Association - National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). On behalf of the World Sindhi Institute, Laghari received the1999 Blue Ribbon Award presented by the UNA-NCA. In recognition of Laghari's dedication and devotion to the cause of human rights, The Washington Times ran a story on him on June 26, 2000 , the International Day for the Support of Torture Victims. Mr. Laghari has testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the International Day in Support of Torture Victims (1999). He has also testified before the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs and the House Committee on Appropriations (2000), as well as to the World Summit in Durban , South Africa (2001). He has been interviewed by newspapers, radio and television programs around the world, including the Washington Times, Voice of America, BBC, SABC, Times of India, and ANI. Laghari travels frequently fundraising and networking for, and speaking on the cause of his homeland, Sindh.

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