HR body shocked over murder of HR defender
Islamabad: The members of Alliance for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (AEVAWG) has expressed shock and grief at the brutal targeted murder of a renowned human rights defender, Farida Afridi, of Khyber Agency (Fata) and has demanded immediate action to ensure safety and security of all human rights defenders, in particular women.
Farida Afridi was the founding member of Sawera organisation, which is actively doing its social activities for the uplift of women in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in general and Khyber Agency in particular. She was the HR Manager in the organisation.
On July 4, 2012 morning, she left her home for office in Hayatabad Peshawar. Suddenly, two men, having Kalashnikovs in their hands, appeared on a motorcycle who intercepted her and shot her dead. The culprits fled away after the incident.
In a press statement issued here on Sunday, the alliance, a network of members of civil society who voluntarily devote time to end violence against women and girls in Pakistan, demand that the Governor of KP and the Political Agent of Fata must take full responsibility for Farida Afridi’s murder.
It said that the government must ensure the safety of citizens who have worked tirelessly to alleviate poverty, illiteracy, disease and despair among the communities of Fata, Pata and KP, who are in the grip of several conflicts and humanitarian crises and yet have provided full cooperation to the government in supporting the affected communities.Despite their contributions, the statement regrets, these human rights workers both men and women, are vulnerable.