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PAKISTAN: A teenager falsely branded a Taliban and shot dead in a staged encounter - A human rights defender's life under threat for exposing such encounters

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Urgent Appeal Case : Mr. Anisur Rehman Soomro the son of Mr. Anwer Soomro, 17 years old and a student of 10th grade was arrested by Sachalgoth Karachi Police in Karachi, Sindh Province on 12th June 2014 along with two friends at Marroora Chowk, near Chapal Sun City, Safoora Goth, Gulistane Johar, Karachi in plain view of the public including a family member – his uncle - who had been present at the time. Read More...

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Torture in Pakistan

Torture in custody is a serious problem affecting the rule of law in Pakistan. It is used as the most common means to obtain confession statements. As yet, there has been no serious effort by the government to make torture a crime in the country. It provides impunity to the perpetrators who are mostly either policemen or members of the armed forces. Furthermore, there is no means for the protection of witnesses. This discourages victims from making complaints. While the international jurisprudence on the issue has evolved into very high standards, the situation in Pakistan resembles the stone ages.

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