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Pakistani journalists, activists faced increasing hostility in 2015: HRW

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Journalists and activists in Pakistan faced an increasingly hostile climate in 2015 due to harassment, threats and violence from both the state and militant groups, according to Human Rights Watch report released on Wednesday. In the 659-page World Report 2016, which has reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries, HRW says the government […]

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HRW flays raid on journalist’s house

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ISLAMABAD – The raid by a paramilitary force on a journalist’s house is just the latest attempt by Pakistan’s security agencies to intimidate journalists who criticise the government and military, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement issued from New York. On January 12, soldiers from Pakistan Rangers entered and, without a warrant, searched […]

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HRW urges Pakistan to bring killers of Zaman Mehsud to justice

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New York: Pakistani authorities should conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the killing of journalist and rights monitor Zaman Mehsud, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday. Gunmen fatally shot Mehsud on November 4, while he was riding his motorcycle in the Tank, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “We killed him because he was writing against us. […]

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Minorities vulnerable to attacks: HRW

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Pakistan’s government should ensure the security of the country’s religious minorities from judicial injustice and attacks by militants, Human Rights Watch has said in its World Report 2015. The rights group said violent attacks on religious minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government failed to ensure religious freedoms. The 25th edition […]

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Sharif govt has failed to protect religious freedoms: HRW

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ISLAMABAD: Violent attacks on members of religious minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government failed to ensure protection of religious freedoms, says a report of the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In a statement attached to the report, Phelim Kine, the deputy Asia director at the New York-based HRW, regretted that “the […]

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Pakistan urged to revoke suspension of rights in Islamabad

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Pakistan’s government should rescind the suspension of fundamental rights and the grant of military authority for law enforcement in Islamabad, Human Rights Watch said on August 8, 2014. Powers given to the military risk misuse in the face of ongoing large-scale political protests. “Pakistan faces very real threats of terrorism, but giving unbridled powers to […]

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PPO gives ‘green light for abusing suspects’: HRW

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new anti-terrorism law gives a “green light for abusing suspects” and should be withdrawn, a rights group said on Friday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the Protection of Pakistan Bill, passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday, violated the country’s international legal obligations. The new law doubles the maximum sentence for terrorism offences […]

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HRW urges Lanka not to deport Pakistani asylum seekers

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NEW YORK: The Human Rights Watch has called upon the Sri Lankan government not to deport 142 Pakistanis seeking asylum until UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) determines their need for international protection. Sri Lanka’s Immigration Controller Chulananda Perera has said that the government was able to deport the detained Pakistanis because it had not given them […]

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HRW calls for full investigation of Lahore shootings

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NEW YORK: The Pakistani authorities should ensure that a judicial inquiry into police shootings of rock-throwing protesters in Lahore fully and impartially investigates possible unnecessary use of lethal force, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. On Tuesday, police fired without warning on supporters of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) political party who had attempted to resist […]

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Who will stand up for investigative journalism?

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Pakistani news channels — newsy or noisy! It’s ironic to see the deteriorating quality of news reporting and declining ethics in the overall media landscape. As a media professional, my day in the United States starts by scanning world news and ends by reading and watching news channels that are merely based on provocative talk […]

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HRW seeks action against lawyer’s killers

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NEW YORK: Calling on the Pakistan government to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the assassination of human rights activist and lawyer Rashid Rehman, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that those responsible should be fully and promptly prosecuted. It also urged the government to repeal the “blasphemy law” forthwith. In a press statement, […]

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Pakistani journalist turns pen into weapon against Muslim fundamentalism

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For the past 15 years, Muqtida Mansoor has been taking his life into his hands simply by writing. His column, which appears twice weekly in the Urdu language Daily Express newspaper based in Karachi, Pakistan, has brought insults and death threats from extremists. The Sunday Edition This has not deterred Mansoor from defending freedom of […]

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HRW asks Pakistan to stop appeasing Taliban

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan should immediately cease its policy of appeasing the Taliban and instead hold them accountable for killing Pakistanis. “Taliban attacks, amounting to war crimes, have increased in scope and magnitude even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has renewed offers of peace talks in the aftermath of atrocities,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director […]

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Govt urged to ratify convention

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ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the government to affirm its commitment towards ending enforced disappearances by ratifying the “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance”. The HRW advice came on eve of the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, to be observed on Friday (today). The […]

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