“The watchdog reported an increase in enforced disappearances, blasphemy-related violence and attacks on religious minorities in the past year.”
One would think that an Islamic Republic would be a paradise of peace and tolerance. Have “Islamophobes” somehow seized power there?
“Pakistan rights worker ‘intimidated’ in alleged house raid,” WebIndia123, April 21 2018:
Activists have raised concern over the security of rights workers in Pakistan following a “burglary-style raid” on the house of the editor of an annual report on the country’s state of human rights, a Al Jazeera report said on Saturday.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said in a statement that two armed men broke into the house of Maryam Hasan in Lahore on Thursday, just days after the release of the critical report she had edited.
The men “took away her laptop, two hard drives and two mobile phones, as well as some jewellery and cash,” HRCP said in a statement on Friday.
The non-profit rights group added that the burglars told Hasan that they had also come the previous day, but left since she was not home at the time.
According to HRCP, the alleged perpetrators questioned Hasan about her profession and “intimidated” her in a “roundabout manner”….
In its report, which was published on Monday, HRCP highlighted the “grim markers” of the state of human rights in the country in 2017.
In its yearly review, HRCP questioned Pakistan’s commitment to protecting human rights in the country, despite being elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2018-2020 term.
The watchdog reported an increase in enforced disappearances, blasphemy-related violence and attacks on religious minorities in the past year.
He said that “most” human rights violations that occur in Pakistan “are committed by the government institutions”.
“So, you can’t solve the problem, because the government itself is responsible for those violations,” he told Al Jazeera in a phone interview from Lahore….