PAKISTAN: Call to immediately withdraw the sedition charges against the nine human rights defenders for holding a peaceful protest

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Urgent Appeal Update : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that nine human rights defenders from Gilgit-Baltistan, including the President of the Supreme Appellate Court, Bar Association were charged for sedition for holding a protest in front of the office of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) at Gilgit. They were staging a protest for the release of Baba Jan and 11 other human rights defenders who were sentenced to life imprisonment by an Anti- Terrorism Court (ATC). The protesters were demanding the abolition of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) from remaining in effect only in some parts in Northern Pakistan including in the Gilgit and Baltistan regions. Read More...

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PHILIPPINES: Four political activists and five poor farmers indicted for murder despite proof they never fired any guns

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern with the continued detention of four political activists and five poor farmers. They are charged with murder. They allegedly attacked a police station, killing two policemen and wounding three others. Paraffin tests show they never fired a gun. Nevertheless, the prosecutor recommended indicting them because the evidence does not “prove that they were innocent”. Read More...

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PAKISTAN: How many more Aasia Bibis,Taseers, Bhattis, and Rehmans will become victims because of inept judiciary?

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Statement : A Divisional Bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) upheld the death penalty of a Christian woman convicted of Blasphemy by a Sessions' Court in 2010. Ms. Aasia Bibi, was a mother of five. She was arrested in 2009 under blasphemy charges while working in a farm with many other Muslim women. A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court, headed by Justice Anwarul Haq dismissed of Aasia Bibi's Appeal allegedly under pressure from more than two dozens of Muslim extremist fundamentalists who were present inside the Court. Read More...

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