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UN experts laud Pakistan for commuting death sentences of mentally ill inmates.

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February 19th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; United Nations’ experts on human rights have lauded Pakistan’s Supreme Court for commuting the death sentence of three mentally challenged inmates. The body has also called upon judiciaries worldwide to follow the example set by the SC of Pakistan.

SC commutes sentence of mentally-ill death row convicts in landmark verdict

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February 10th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; The Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 10, passed a landmark verdict on the cases of mentally ill prisoners on death row, commuting the sentences of two inmates with severe schizophrenia while directing prison officials to file a fresh mercy petition for the third death row inmate.
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Rights Watch | 29th January 2021

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Rawalpindi Additional District and Sessions court reserves verdict in the trial of one Waliullah Khan who raped and murdered his seven-year-old niece in November 2019. Counsel for juvenile offender who gunned down a blasphemy-accused in July 2020 contends ATCs have no jurisdiction in trying juveniles. Bahawalnagar ATC awards death to one Azhar Machi for raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in Thengi Balochān, Chishtian in August 2019
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Rights Watch | 28th January 2021

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A junior doctor of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Lahore was arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a woman. Khairpur police arrest 20 people for trying to marry a minor couple in Pir Goth, case registered under the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013. Lahore High Court acquits two death row inmates, who had been languishing in prison for the past nine years, over insufficient evidence.
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Rights Watch | 26th January 2021

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Rawalpindi couple convicted of abducting, raping and blackmailing a student with footage of her assault, accused gets death penalty while his wife gets life term. A young university student who was abandoned by her paramour at the emergency ward of a Lahore hospital died due to a botched abortion, police have arrested the suspect as well as his accomplice. Civil society organizations express serious concern over amendment to KP child protection law that will make public videos of executions of sex offenders.

3 sentenced to death for sharing ‘blasphemous’ content on social media

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January 9th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Friday sentenced three to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media while a fourth accused was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Mentally-ill death row convicts: SC reserves verdict on review plea

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January 7th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved judgment on a review petition filed by three mentally-ill death row convicts against the court’s 2015 verdict upholding their sentence.
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Rights Watch | 23rd December 2020

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A fourteen-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two men in Bahawalpur some five months back; the rape survivor's father claims that when he had tried to register a complaint, he was brushed aside by the Nowshera Jadid. A case was filed on Monday, December 21. For more stories on human rights concerns, keep scrolling.
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Rights Watch | 16th December 2020

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government introduced its Human Rights Action Plan on mechanisms for the protection of the rights of citizens, especially women, in the province. For more stories on human rights, keep reading.
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Rights Watch | November 17th 2020

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-The Council of Islamic Ideology has been tasked with preparing a draft definition of Forced Conversions -After a delay of 3 months, Faisalabad police finally registers a case against 3 cops Illegal Detention of a man & his brother.