According to a new report including data compiled by Asian Human Rights Commission, 7,170 people were killed and 8,746 injured by violence in Pakistan since the last 11 months. The total number of death by violence includes 188 people killed by drones. Despite accounting for less than 3 per cent of all violent deaths in Pakistan, however, drones continue to be the primary issue for protests. Leaving aside academic questions of international law and sovereignty for the purposes of this post, a question that deserve asking is why there is not a more prominent outcry for the 97 per cent who were not killed by drones.
The following statement by Asian Human Rights Commission was released on 28th November 2013. The original is available at the AHRC website here: http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-220-2013
With the successive governments the reality of freedom of expression grows thinner and thinner as the right guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan is further constricted. Apart from blatant interference by the government, freedom of expression is also being squeezed by non-state actors without any hindrance from the authorities.
Following statement was released by Asian Human Rights Campaign today:
In this age where women and girl children do not receive the protection promised to them by the constitutions of so many countries the challenge for the human rights community in this century is to uplift their rights and lives. The struggle must include equality for women and justice for the violence perpetrated against them.
In her valiant determination for the right to education Malala has become a symbol of this tremendous struggle.
On Friday, October 11, 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to a global champion of peace and human rights. Malala Yousafzai, a 16 year-old-girl from the Swat Valley of Northeast Pakistan, the youngest ever nominee of the prestigious award, is a deserving front runner for the prize for her courage in standing up to the Pakistani Taliban and fighting for her right to be educated.
Express Tribune reports that on plea that a Hindu can not be buried in a Muslim graveyard, a mob of people dug up the body of a Dalit man from Haji Faqeer graveyard in Badin district on Saturday and left it lying in the elements for hours while the man’s grieving family were intimidated and the police stood by doing nothing.
Asian Human Rights Commission has issued an urgent appeal on the matter requesting individuals to send letters to Prime Minister, Federal Law Minister and other government officials calling on them to provide protection to the Hindu families and journalists of the district Badin and to urge them to prosecute the high officials of the police from Badin for not stopping such ugly action and for not intervening against the attackers as well as for not arresting them.
It should also be noted that AHRC is writing a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief calling for his intervention into this matter.