Human Rights Watch | 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor | New York, NY 10118-3299 USA | t 1.212.290.4700 Human Rights Watch is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit registered in … However, Pakistan’s penal code criminalizes same-sex sexual conduct, placing men who have sex with men and transgender women at risk of police abuse, and other violence and discrimination. The law marked the first time that Pakistan recognized the right of women agricultural workers to unionize. A spate of attacks in April resulted in the government temporarily suspending the polio immunization campaign throughout the country. Suicide bombings, armed attacks, and killings by the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates targeted religious minorities, security personnel, and politicians, resulting in hundreds of deaths. In August, Honey, a transgender woman, was shot and killed in Manshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Media outlets came under pressure from authorities against criticizing the government. Activists allege that authorities had not brought perpetrators to account. Prime Minister Khan visited the United States, the country’s largest development and military donor, in July, during which he pledged to facilitate the Afghan peace process. On concluding its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM), the general body of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called on the state to improve its human rights record—in particular to protect freedom of expression and to […] 570 likes. A climate of fear continues to impede media coverage of abuses both by government security forces and militant groups. However, in September 2017,  it led Organisation for Islamic Cooperation member states at the council in expressing concerns about the ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military. On February 2nd, the Pakistan army once again used its favorite 'a pack of lies" phrase to reject the Human Right Watch (H.R.W.) In several cases, government regulatory agencies blocked cable operators from broadcasting networks that had aired critical programs. On April 30, two unidentified assailants killed a female polio worker in Chaman, Balochistan. Militants and interest groups also threaten freedom of expression through threats and violence. Hundreds have been arrested over blasphemy allegations, most of them members of religious minorities. Members of extremist groups, government officials, and politicians threatened the media and carried out violent attacks on journalists. QUETTA: Pakistan should “urgently act” to protect Shia Muslims from rising sectarian attacks that have killed hundreds this year, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. On July 13, in one of the most deadly suicide bombings in Pakistan’s history, at least 128 people were killed during an election rally held by the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) in Mastung district, Balochistan. The police officials involved were arrested and face murder charges. In July, police in Sahiwal district, Punjab, found the bodies of two transgender women who had been tortured to death. In August, in an important enforcement of laws to prosecute so-called “honor killings,” the parents of Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani social media celebrity who was murdered by her brothers in July 2016, were denied their request to “pardon” the perpetrators. They were effectively excluded from participating in the 2018 parliamentary elections: to vote, Ahmadis are required to declare they are not Muslims, which many see as a renunciation of their faith. It also attempted to get support for a resolution on Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Council. On June 12, the Supreme Court upheld the convictions of Imran Ali for the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari and at least eight other girls. The military tightened its control over the economy, foreign policy and national security, shrinking space for civil society to promote and defend human rights. In March, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the outcome of Pakistan’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which was conducted in November 2017. On May 4, the fatal shooting of Muni, a transgender woman in Mansehra district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, attracted national attention. In May, then-Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot in an assassination attempt by an individual affiliated with an anti-blasphemy group at an election rally in Narowal district, Punjab. Human Rights Watch Pakistan, Daraza. However, very few cases of honor killings  were prosecuted. While there may be progress budding in regard to human rights in Pakistan, the road to completely improved human rights will be long and difficult. When this did not materialize, Pakistan, backed by China and many states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, instead delivered a joint statement. Gul Bukhari, a journalist in Lahore, was abducted in June by unknown assailants and released after a few hours. The militant group Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack. In May, an estimated 1,500 farmers walked 140 km from the Indus Delta region to Thatta, Sindh, demanding that the government d… On September 1, Saluhddin Ayubi in Rahim Yar Khan district, Punjab was arrested for robbing a cash machine and soon died in custody. Violence against women and girls—including rape, so-called honor killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage—remains a serious problem. Zainab Ansari was among the dozen children to be murdered in Kasur district, Punjab in 2018. Pakistani journalists attend a candlelight vigil to observe World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2019, in Karachi, Pakistan. Since Pakistan was elected to the Human Rights Council in 2017, it has generally failed to take a strong stance on serious human rights situations. ... More than 10 cases of child abuse are reported daily in Pakistan. Saroop Ijaz, senior counsel, Asia division, Human Rights Watch, said that people have replicated the faith-based class system in Pakistan. In January, the European Union’s High Representative Federica Mogherini welcomed the release of Aasia Bibi, calling on Pakistani authorities to ensure her safety and that of her family. BAP politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani was killed in the attack. Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch issue joint statement. In March, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the outcome of Pakistan’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which was conducted in November 2017. The death penalty is mandatory for blasphemy, and 40 people remained on death row at time of writing. Several members of the political opposition were imprisoned on what they say are politically-motivated charges, raising fair trial concerns. On July 21, nine people including six policemen were killed in two attacks in Dera Ismail Khan district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Several opposition leaders, including former heads of state and cabinet ministers, were arrested over corruption allegations. The Sindh provincial cabinet approved a new law in August providing the right of women agricultural workers to have a written contract, minimum wage, welfare benefits, and gender parity in wages. Climate change and its impact on Pakistan featured more prominently in public discourse. Over 5 million primary school-age children in Pakistan are out of school, most of them girls. On January 19, the police in Sahiwal district, Punjab killed four members of a single family including a teenage girl in an operation police claimed was targeting a militant leader. In January, a transgender woman was killed in Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after being attacked on her way back from a music concert. His family claimed Ayubi, who had a mental health condition, had been tortured to death by the police. According to local groups, at least 65 transgender women have been killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since 2015. On April 12, 20 people were killed, and 48 injured in an improvised explosive device attack in a market in Quetta, Balochistan, targeting the Hazara community. However, strikes primarily targeting law enforcement officials and religious minorities killed hundreds of people. In June 2019, Pakistan's Supreme Court halted the execution of Ghulam Abbas, a prisoner with a psychosocial disability who had spent more than 13 years on death row. Human rights violations in the Balochistan province of Pakistan have drawn concern in the international community, being described by Human Rights Watch (HRW) as having reached epidemic proportions. Atif Mian said he stepped down because of “adverse pressure regarding my appointment from the mullahs and their supporters.”. Human Rights Watch received several credible reports of intimidation, harassment, and surveillance of various NGOs by government authorities. Pakistani transgender people and civil society activists in Peshawar condemn the August 16, 2018 fatal shooting of a transgender woman,  August 20, 2018. "Pakistan’s government intensified its clampdown on the media, political opposition, and nongovernmental organizations in 2019,” the group Human Rights Watch said … In some cases, regulatory agencies blocked cable operators from broadcasting networks that aired critical programs. Pakistan and China deepened extensive economic and political ties in 2018, and work continued on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a project consisting of construction of roads, railways, and energy pipelines. It was the second consecutive constitutional transfer of power from one civilian government to another in Pakistan. They face increasing social discrimination as militant groups and the Islamist political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) accuse them of “posing as Muslims.” The Pakistan penal code continues to treat “posing as Muslims” by Ahamdis as a criminal offense. Imdad Ali and Kaniz Fatima, however, remained on death row at time of writing. Pakistani law mandates capital punishment for 28 offenses, including murder, rape, treason, certain acts of terrorism, and blasphemy. May 05, 2020 - Targeted News Service. Pakistan’s penal code criminalizes same-sex sexual conduct, placing men who have sex with men and transgender women at risk of police abuse, and other violence and discrimination. In October, Pakistan’s Supreme Court quashed the conviction and ordered the release of 47-year-old Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman from a village in Punjab province who had been on death row for eight years. In August, the district administration in Lahore sealed an Ahmadiyya prayer center after the local clerics objected to Ahmadis being allowed to pray openly. Those on death row are often from the most marginalized sections of society. Kadafi Zaman, a Norwegian journalist, was arrested by police in July while covering a political rally and was beaten up. Counterterrorism laws also continue to be misused as an instrument of political coercion. In August, the US stopped payment of US$300 million in military reimbursements to Pakistan for not taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated group that is accused of planning and carrying out attacks on civilians, government officials, and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The TTP and other Islamist militant groups carried out violent attacks on healthcare workers involved in providing grassroots services and polio immunization. The Taliban and affiliated armed groups continued to attack schools and use children in suicide bombings in 2018. The TTP claimed responsibility for all the attacks. At least 511 individuals have been executed since Pakistan lifted the moratorium on death penalty in December 2014. Each accused the other of initiating the clash at a military checkpoint at Khar Kamar. Since Pakistan was elected to the Human Rights Council in 2017, it has generally failed to take a strong stance on serious human rights situations. In June, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released the first-ever report by the United Nations on human rights in Kashmir. However, witness accounts suggest that the police fired indiscriminately at the family’s car. Violence against transgender and intersex women in Pakistan continues. KARACHI: Minority rights and a look at the history and future of human rights in Pakistan were the main topic of the discussion during an online interactive dialogue titled ‘Human Rights Vision 2020 & Beyond’ on Wednesday. Their work has led to significant change. GEO TV, a private television channel,  was forced off the air or had its audience’s access restricted as punishment for editorials criticizing the government. In a major development, Pakistan's parliament in May, passed a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender citizens and outlawing discrimination by employers. Child sexual abuse remains disturbingly common in Pakistan with 141 cases reported in just Lahore, Punjab, in the first six months of 2018. Early marriage remains a serious problem, with 21 percent of girls in Pakistan marrying before the age of 18, according to UNICEF. On June 16, Muhammad Bilal Khan, a freelance journalist who ran a popular YouTube channel covering politics, was stabbed to death in Islamabad. On April 23 and April 24, police officers protecting polio workers were gunned down in Khyber Pakhtukhwa. Christians and other religious minorities, as well as vulnerable and defenceless people in Pakistan, have been called to observe a "Black Day for Human Rights" across Pakistan on Human Rights Day, December 10, in protest against the increasing number of violence and violations of their inalienable rights. The Security Council held a closed-door discussion on the issue at the request of Pakistan and the backing of China. The government continues to muzzle dissenting voices in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and media on the pretext of national security. Taliban and other militant groups targeted candidates and their supporters in the lead-up to the July election. In September, following the Indian government’s decision to revoke the constitutional autonomy of  Jammu and Kashmir state, and arrest Kashmiri leaders and cut off phones and the internet, Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations, expelled the Indian high commissioner, and sought international intervention with a Security Council discussion. Pakistan has not banned the use of schools for military purposes, or endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration as recommended by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2017. On May 12, after militants attacked a hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan, killing 5 people, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility. A report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan found that at least 1,000 girls belonging to Christian and Hindu communities are forced to marry Muslim men every year. Pakistan and China deepened extensive economic and political ties in 2019, and work continued on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a project consisting of construction of roads, railways, and energy pipelines. In August, militants attacked and burned down at least 12 schools in Diamer district of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region. In June, the European Union and Pakistan announced their 2019 Strategic Engagement plan, which includes cooperation on human rights. According to the local group Trans Action, 479 attacks against transgender women were reported in Khyber-Pakhunkhwa province in 2018. The Pakistani government did not amend or repeal blasphemy law provisions that provide a pretext for violence against religious minorities, as well as arbitrary arrests and prosecution. Pakistan’s media operated in a climate of fear that impeded coverage of abuses by both government security forces and extremist armed groups. Denouncing the attack on Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community, international human rights groups - Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)- on Thursday urged the Imran Khan-led government to 'urgently and impartially investigate a surge in violent attacks on members of the Ahmadiyya religious community'. The government used its “Regulation of INGOs in Pakistan” policy to impede the registration and functioning of international humanitarian and human rights groups. Pakistan failed to enact a law criminalizing torture despite Pakistan’s obligation to do so under the Convention against Torture. 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Although Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged to make social justice a priority after taking office in July 2018, his administration has increased restrictions on media, the political opposition, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). According to the organization Sahil, more than 10 cases of child sexual abuse are reported daily across Pakistan. At least four transgender women were killed there in 2018, and at least 57 have been killed there since 2015. 55 likes. Human Rights Watch, New York, New York. On November 23, gunmen attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi, killing four people, including two police officers. On the same night, Asad Kharal, a broadcast journalist, was assaulted and injured in Lahore. Zaman was released after three days. 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Sajid Masih alleged that the police torture he endured while being held led him to attempt suicide, by jumping out of the interrogation room window. The militant group Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack. In July, the Supreme Court of Pakistan held that in cases of acid attacks, a mercy petition filed by the victim forgiving the perpetrator cannot be allowed because it constitutes “extreme cruelty.”. The Pakistan Supreme Court had acquitted Aasia in October 2018, but she had remained in custody due to nationwide protests by religious groups. Human Rights Watch | 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor | New York, NY 10118-3299 USA | t 1.212.290.4700 Human Rights Watch is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit registered in … The government used the “Regulation of INGOs in Pakistan” policy to impede the registration and functioning of international humanitarian and human rights groups. Human Rights Watch received several credible reports of intimidation, harassment, and surveillance of various NGOs by government authorities in 2018. A forensic report subsequently corroborated the torture claims. Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights: ‘Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis ( AND ISLAM) did to the Jews’ Grand Mufti of Jerusalem commanded 3 volunteer islamic Waffen SS Divisions to help Hitler murdering Bosnian and Serbian Jews and Christians. In May, riots erupted in Mirpurkhas, Sindh, after a Hindu veterinary doctor was accused of  blasphemy for allegedly providing medicines wrapped in paper printed with Islamic verses. The report noted that human rights abuses in Pakistani Kashmir were of a “different caliber or magnitude” to those in Indian Kashmir and included misuse of anti-terrorism laws to target dissent, and restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly, and association. The Pakistani government rejected a large number of key recommendations that states made to it during the UPR. In 2015, police identified a gang of child sex abusers in the same district. In August, the Punjab anti-corruption department accused police officers in Lahore of keeping suspects in a secret detention cell and torturing them. Human Rights Watch said in its report released in 2014 that "Violence against women and girls – including rape, Honor killings, Acid attacks, Domestic violence and Forced marriage all remain serious problems in Pakistan. On election day on July 25, 31 people were killed in a suicide attack targeting a polling station in Quetta. The Pakistani government rejected a large number of key recommendations that states made to it during the UPR. By Vatican News. The Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al Qaeda, and their affiliates carried out suicide bombings and other indiscriminate attacks against security personnel that caused hundreds of civilian deaths and injuries during the year. Women, religious minorities, and transgender people face violent attacks, discrimination, and government persecution, with authorities failing to provide adequate protection or hold perpetrators accountable. Durrani survived. Members of the Pashtun Tahhaffuz Movement (PTM) held protests demanding accountability for extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. On July 1, PEMRA terminated a live interview with former President Asif Ali Zardari on GEO TV shortly after it began. Press release HRCP elects new council Demands that state improve its human rights record Lahore, 9 November. Faisalabad [Pakistan], December 10 (ANI): Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) observed International Human Rights Day 2020 on United Nations theme Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights … On February 9, the Federal Investigating Agency arrested Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, a journalist and television host in Lahore, for social media posts that allegedly “defamed state institutions” in violation of Pakistan’s cybercrimes law. PAKISTAN 2 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2019 United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults; and the use of forced or compulsory child labor. Over 5 million primary-school-age children are out of school, most of them girls, for reasons including lack of schools in their areas, child marriage, and gender discrimination. World Report 2013.The Pakistan section of the report has blamed the Pakistan army for committing human rights abuses in the country's largest province of Balochistan and assisting Islamic extremist groups that attack Shia Muslims and other religious minorities. The court said that a person with psychosocial disabilities cannot be executed. HRCP elects new council. Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. The provisions of Pakistan’s penal code, which perpetuate discrimination against the Ahmadis, a religious minority, remain unchanged. In May, authorities registered a criminal case for inciting violence and defaming state institutions against Gulalai Ismail, a women’s rights activist and Pashtun leader, following protests against the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl in Islamabad. On August 8, the body of a 5-year-old girl who was raped and murdered was found in Mardan district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. At least 17 people remain on death row in Pakistan after being convicted under the draconian blasphemy law, and hundreds await trial. Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack. In May, the authorities arrested a journalist, Gohar Wazir, for reporting on protests by minority Pashtuns. Pakistan’s volatile relationship with United States, the country’s largest development and military donor, deteriorated in 2018, amid signs of mistrust. Media outlets came under pressure from authorities to avoid reporting on several issues, including criticism of government institutions and the judiciary. At least 77 girls and 79 boys were raped or sexually assaulted in the first half of 2018, according to police reports, but none of the suspects had been convicted at time of writing and all had been released on bail. In a … In April, a tailor in Taxila, Punjab, was arrested after local traders and religious leaders accused him of blasphemy. Punjab police ordered an inquiry. Razi was subsequently released. In April, the Pakistan Supreme Court suspended the execution of Imdad Ali and Kaniz Fatima, prisoners with psychosocial disabilities and ordered a bench of the Supreme Court to examine the issue. After Qandeel’s murder, the parliament passed a law closing the pardon loophole  used by families to protect perpetrators. Human Rights Watch - Pakistan Reports, background briefings, testimony, press releases and commentary on the human rights situation in the country View Detail South Asia Earthquake Relief According to the organization Sahil, an average of 11 cases of child sexual abuse are reported daily across Pakistan. On July 9, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) blocked three television news channels—Capital TV, 24 News HD, and Abbtakk News Network—after they broadcast speeches of opposition leaders. The event was organized by Ziauddin University (ZU) in connection with the International Human Rights Day. Human Rights Watch received several credible reports of intimidation, harassment, and surveillance of various NGOs by government authorities in 2018. Women from religious minority communities remain particularly vulnerable to abuse. The Pakistan Broadcasters Association, a private industry association, claimed that the channels were taken off air without giving them a reason or a hearing. On July 10, Haroon Bilour, a senior leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), was killed along with at least 20 others in a suicide bombing targeting his election meeting in Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The law grants individuals the right to self-identify as male, female, or a blend of genders, and to have that identity registered on all official documents, including National Identification Cards, passports, driver's licenses, and education certificates. 2.7M likes. On April 18, unidentified assailants forced 14 passengers to disembark from a passenger bus on the Makran Coastal Highway and then executed them. Justice Tahira Safdar was appointed as the chief justice of Balochistan High Court, becoming the first woman ever appointed chief justice of a high court in Pakistan. In May, three people were killed and several others injured in violence between Pashtun activists and the army in North Waziristan. Imran Ali was executed on October 17. While numerous cases of violence against women and girls highlighted the difficulty survivors face getting justice, authorities succeeded in enforcing some key reforms. Despite high levels of domestic violence, the parliament has failed to enact laws to prevent it and protect women." Journalists increasingly practiced self-censorship in 2018, after threats and attacks from militant groups. The vaccination campaign resumed after the government launched an awareness campaign and asked social media platforms to remove anti-vaccine content. As Ali Dayan Hasan, the Pakistan director of Human Rights Watch, explained: “Militant attacks on the Shia have occurred with increasing ferocity while the security forces have looked on helplessly. Despite the many downfalls on human rights for women, there was an increase of 3.8 million women able to vote in the most recent election compared to 2013. Groups supporting the blasphemy law took to the streets to protest the decision of Aasia’s release, damaged public and private property, and threatened judges of the Supreme Court, government officials, and military leadership with violent reprisals. The government cracked down on members and supporters of political parties. THIS IS ORGANIZATION HELP THE NEEDFULL PEOPLES OF PAKISTAN PROVIDE THEM LEGAL HELP AND ADVOCACY CURRENT ISSUE'S There was a lack of government accountability, and abuses often went unpunished, According to media reports, at least 66 women were murdered in Faisalabad district in the first six months of 2018, the majority in the name of “honor.”. Child sexual abuse remains common. On the same day, a suicide attack claimed by ISIS in Orakzai tribal district killed at least 33 people. In May, Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed on a US$6 billion bailout package for Pakistan. After months in hiding, Ismail fled to the US, where she sought asylum. Human Rights Watch: Pakistan - Investigate 'Disappearance' of Activist. The government has done little to stop such forced marriages. 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