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The third wave is unlike anything Pakistan has dealt with before

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The tried and true smart lockdown policy might not work for the recent COVID-19 wave in which the UK variant, a far more transmissible mutation of the original virus, is wreaking havoc in Pakistan.

The Long Arm of the Law: Police Violence in 2020

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The murders of Osama Satti in Islamabad, Sultan Nazeer in Karachi and Muhammad Waqas Ahmed in Faisalabad at the hands of law enforcement agencies point toward a system that is content with its history and unofficial policy of brutal police violence meted out to the very people it is meant to protect. Is justice even achievable for innocents caught in the crosshairs?

Baloch missing persons camp takes to D-Chowk

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After days of radio silence on the government's end, the Baloch missing persons camp took to Islamabad's D-Chowk to stage a sit in. Joined by parliamentary leaders, civil society activists and student groups, the protest is their last ditch effort to ensure the release and return of their loved ones.

For rape survivors, justice is expensive and nonexistent

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February 15th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed & Shahrazad Agha; FAISALABAD; Shazia*, 16 years & Sania*, just 12 years old, were both abducted & repeatedly raped but despite fighting hard for justice early on, the family has now become disillusioned.

Baba Jan & Himmat Begum: Love happens, when ‘Freedom’ meets ‘Courage’

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February 14th, 2021; By Umar Bacha; HUNZA; She bore nine years of heartache, waiting for the day her fiance would finally walk a free and exonerated man.

“Cancel your protest or else,” Punjab police tells detained farmers’ leader

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February 9th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Farmers’ Leader, Chaudhry Anwar was detained inside a police van in Lahore for 12 hrs. Senior police officials threatened him with severe consequences if he fails to call off a farmers’ protest scheduled for the end of this month.

ATC grants police custody of social activist Muhammad Ismail for 3...

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February 3rd, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Peshawar granted to police, three-day physical custody of arrested social activist Professor Muhammad Ismail, a focal person of the Pakistan NGOs Forum. Yesterday the ATC had rejected Prof. Ismail’s pre-arrest bail plea in a “terror financing case” registered against him by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) following which he was handcuffed and taken into custody by the CTD from the court’s premise.  

Allegedly abducted by the police over 2 months ago, the whereabouts...

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January 24th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Sanghar resident Abdul Sattar Awan has been missing for over 2 months. In a petition filed before the Sindh High Court his brother claims that Sattar was abducted by the police. Police has failed to produce Sattar despite High Court's orders.

A “Judicial Crusade” against ‘ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES’

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January 13th, 2021; Staff Reporter; LAHORE; Summons, fines & threat of arrests in 2021 has seen a series of actions taken by the higher courts against the govt's inability to recover victims of enforced disappearance.

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SAHR demands inquiry into deaths of five Sri Lankan men at hands of police

June 14th, 2021; On behalf of South Asians for Human Rights; SRI LANKA; In a strongly-worded letter, international rights SAHR has called on the Sir Lankan Govt to carry out an impartial inquiry into the police for the extra-judicial killing & deaths by negligence of 5 men

SAHR condemns arrest of Bangledeshi journalist, demands immediate release

May 22, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has expressed concerns over the arrest of senior Bangladeshi journalist, Rozina Islam, under the draconian Official Secrets Act. She has been reporting on corruption in the health sector for the past month

Political and civil society organizations mark Black Day for Palestine

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“We will not give up”: Palestinian human rights lawyer Raji Sourani

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