Human rights watch pakistan 2016

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World Report 2015: Pakistan

human rights watch pakistan 2016

While there were fewer incidents of militant violence in than in previous years, scores of people were killed in bombings that targeted.

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Under pressure from the military leadership, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ceded significant constitutional and decision-making authority to the armed forces in , particularly in the areas of national security, foreign policy, and human rights. Parliament passed a constitutional amendment allowing secret military courts to try terrorism suspects. The military assumed control of the implementation of a national plan to address terrorism, largely without civilian oversight. It was also formally given membership in the Apex committees, provincial committees formed to coordinate local counterterrorism efforts and security. The military muzzled dissenting and critical voices in nongovernmental organizations and media.

Political turmoil and instability engulfed Pakistan after Nawaz Sharif stepped down as prime minister in July after a five-member Supreme Court bench disqualified him based on investigations into corruption allegations. Although Pakistan witnessed fewer attacks by Islamist militants than in previous years, scores of people were killed in attacks primarily targeting law enforcement officials and religious minorities. Security forces remained unaccountable for human rights violations and exercised disproportionate political influence over civilian authorities, especially in matters of national security and counterterrorism. In March, parliament passed a constitutional amendment reinstating secret military courts to try terrorism suspects for another two years. Security forces were implicated in enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings throughout the country.

Pakistani transgender people and civil society activists in Peshawar condemn the . In , police identified a gang of child sex abusers in the same district.
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On May 31, family members tortured and burned to death a year-old school teacher in Murree, Punjab province for refusing an arranged marriage proposal. On May 5, the body of Amber , 16, was found inside a vehicle that had been set on fire in Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, after a jirga , or traditional assembly of elders, ordered her death for helping her friend marry of her own choice. Pakistani law allows the family of a murder victim to pardon the perpetrator. Pakistani law should be protecting women from these vicious acts — not enshrining an escape clause for their killers. Brad Adams Asia Director. Legislative changes are only a part of the solution. The government should also ensure that safe emergency shelter, protection, and support is available to any woman or girl who may be at risk from her family.

How do you expect us to recover stolen items from hardened criminals? My staff and I are expected to be on duty 24 hours a day. We are perpetually exhausted…. How can you expect people to work under such conditions and not crack? Neither side disputes that officers killed Shahbaz, 24, on that day. What they do disagree upon are the circumstances in which he died and the reasons that police fired that day. According to Allah Rahka, Shahbaz was unarmed and the police shot him in cold blood.

Pakistan had a tumultuous year in Sectarian attacks continued with impunity, military operations in North Waziristan displaced more than one million people, and massive floods wrought devastation in Sindh and Punjab provinces. The protests in Islamabad—led by opposition politicians Imran Khan and Dr. The government responded to the protests by imposing a state of emergency in Islamabad and suspending fundamental rights such as the right to petition the courts to enforce constitutional guarantees. Ongoing rights concerns in Balochistan province related to enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and torture remained unaddressed. Lack of government response to continuing abuses by the security forces in Balochistan fostered a long-standing culture of impunity. In July, the government passed the Protection of Pakistan Act PPA , an overly broad counterterrorism legislation that violates international human rights standards and creates a legal pretext for abuses by the security forces without accountability.



“This Crooked System”

While there were fewer incidents of militant violence in than in previous years, scores of people were killed in bombings that targeted courts and mosques. Law enforcement and security agencies remained unaccountable for human rights violations and exercised disproportionate political influence, especially on matters of national security and counterterrorism.

Human Rights Watch

It was the second consecutive constitutional transfer of power from one civilian government to another in Pakistan. In the campaign, Khan pledged to make economic development and social justice a priority. Attacks by Islamist militants resulted in fewer deaths in Pakistan in than in recent years. However, strikes primarily targeting law enforcement officials and religious minorities killed hundreds of people. The Taliban and other armed militants killed and injured hundreds of people in a failed effort to disrupt the elections. The government continues to muzzle dissenting voices in nongovernmental organizations NGOs and media on the pretext of national security. Militants and interest groups also threaten freedom of expression through threats and violence.

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Pakistan: Prosecute Rampant ‘Honor’ Killings

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  1. Under pressure from the military leadership, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ceded significant constitutional and decision-making authority to the.

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