AI presses Pakistan on human rights
LONDON: Amnesty International urged Pakistan on Monday to tackle human rights violations ahead of a visit to Britain by President Asif Ali Zardari, which has become clouded by a diplomatic row over terrorism.
On the eve of President Zardari’s arrival in London, Amnesty International said the worsening security situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had left thousands of civilians dead and over a million displaced, and urged Islamabad to take action. “The conditions are right for Pakistan to show it is serious about political solutions to the human rights violations, poverty, and a constitutional rights vacuum in the northwest,” said Amnesty International Asia-Pacific head Sam Zarifi.
“President Zardari should take this opportunity to announce specific, major reforms, like the abolition of the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) that treat northwestern Pakistan like a human rights-free zone,” he said. The FCR is a colonial-era law that applies only to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Source: Daily Times