HRCP condemns victimisation of human rights activist -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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HRCP condemns victimisation of human rights activist

KARACHI (June 21 2008): Iqbal Haider, co-chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) strongly condemned the harassment and victimisation of human rights defenders, for raising voice against bonded labour, says a press release issued here on Friday.

Haider said that it was shocking that the main accused reportedly involved in the crime of bonded labour and kidnapping, arrested under the court order has been released after the dismissal of the independent judiciary of the superior court.

Now not only that he has been released but he has the audacity to harass, and victimised human rights activist like Akhter Baloch by reportedly filing a criminal case of defamation in a district and session court of Sanghar. It is also learnt that the court has issued arrest warrant of Akhter Baloch in a baseless and mala fide case.

Akhter Baloch is a member of HRCP and has been actively pursuing the cases of bonded labourers, in particular for recovery of the bonded family of Munno Bheel. Haider has called upon the authorities, to give due protection to the bona fide member and activist of HRCP, and to prevent misuse of the due process of the law and ensure that no human rights activist is harassed and victimised by the violators of the human rights and the law.
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