PAKISTAN: The AHRC condemns the attack on Hamid Mir and demands the suspension of the ISI chief until the inquiry is completed

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Statement : A prominent journalist and television anchor person, Mr. Hamid Mir, was attacked by plain clothed assailants on April 19 while on his way from Karachi Airport to his television station, the Geo News. He was attacked twice at the Shahrah-e-Faisal, the busiest road of the city which goes from the airport to the down town area where Governor House and the chief ministers’ offices are located. Mir’s driver took him to the Aga Khan University Hospital, where he underwent emergency treatment. Read More...

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PAKISTAN: Protect kiln workers from torture, illegal detention and attacks

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Hunger Alert Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that brick kiln owners, with the patronage of the Punjab provincial government, have been holding children, women, and men in illegal detention. Women who have been demanding compliance of the minimum wage and social security have been beaten, their clothes stripped, and their children whisked away. There has been a spurt of recent incidents of violence against kiln workers and their representatives. Read More...

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SRI LANKA: Giriulla police illegally arrested, tortured and detained a man for 39 days without producing before any Court

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. A.A. Aberathna Bandara was illegally arrested, illegally detained for 39 days and severely tortured by officers attached to the Giriulla Police Station. Aberathna was arrested on 7 February but not produced in court until the 18 March. The police gave the explanation that he had absconded from the police station and had only just been rearrested. The victim and his family members described how brutally his rights were violated and seek an immediate inquiry into the incident. They also plead for urgent measures to protect his life and those of his family members. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country. Read More...

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