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UN rapporteurs express concern at persecution of Christian pastor and son

UN experts have expressed concern at the alleged persecution of a Christian pastor and his son who have fled Pakistan in the wake of death threats and vigilante bounties placed on their heads on charges of blasphemy.

UN rapporteurs call for retrial of Junaid Hafeez

UN rapporteurs have called on Pakistan to halt confirmation of death sentence to blasphemy convict Junaid Hafeez and order a retrial of the case over concerns raised about the independence and fairness of the judicial process.

Pakistan opposes move of UN to appoint Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan in March

The Human Rights Council has decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur in March to monitor the situation of human rights in Afghanistan following adoption of an EU-sponsored resolution.

UN rapporteurs call for halting death-row convict’s execution

May 19th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; UN experts have called upon Pakistan to urgently halt the execution of Munawar Ali, who was sentenced to death despite being a minor at the time of the alleged offence and urged the President to grant his mercy petition after serving 20 years in prison.

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

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.

Spotlight on Pakistan amid re-election to UN Human Rights Council

October 14th, 2020; Bureau report; LAHORE, ISLAMABAD; Civil Society congratulates Pakistan on re-election into United Nations Human Rights Council. But cautioned that the re-election has put the country’s commitment to promoting and protecting human rights under the spotlight for the next three years.