Pakistan

Civil society groups denied registration while journalists and activists are being silenced

The Pakistan authorities have continued to deny registration to local civil society groups and expel international NGOs. They also announced a security audit of NGOs over suspicions of links to foreign agencies. Journalists continue to face arrest or warnings from Twitter that they had violated Pakistani laws. The crackdown on the ethnic Pashtun movement has persisted, as well coverage of it in the media. Read more

Civil society groups denied registration while journalists and activists are being silenced

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’

In October 2018, the authorities ordered 18 international non-governmental organization (INGOs) to shut down operations and leave the country including Action Aid Read more

Civil society says shutting down of international NGOs an ‘attack on civic freedoms’

Blatant attempts to manipulate elections and assault civic freedoms, says Pakistani civil society

Civil society groups have continued to raise concerns about the sustained assault on freedom of expression and association ahead of the parliamentary elections on 25th July 2018. Media houses and journalist have been targeted and an environment of self-censorship is being imposed. Civil society and human rights activists have been attacked and harassed. Read more

Blatant attempts to manipulate elections and assault civic freedoms, says Pakistani civil society

Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities

Ethnic Pashtuns have been holding peaceful protests over the last few months to call for an end to human rights violations by authorities against the community . Editor of the human rights annual report was burgled and harassed. Pakistan TV channel Geo TV, was taken off the air in many parts of the country . A new report has found the mass surveillance of digital communications of journalists and human rights defenders is resulting in self-censorship in Pakistan

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Pashtun protests continue despite pressure from authorities

Human rights activists abducted and ill-treated for protesting against illegal occupation of lakes

Human rights activists from the Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum (PFF) in Sindh province were abducted and ill-treated in December for their activism against the illegal occupation of fresh water bodies and lakes. Read more

Human rights activists abducted and ill-treated for protesting against illegal occupation of lakes

Sounding the alarm over sharp increase in enforced disappearances

In late 2017, international alarm rose over the sharp increase in enforced disappearances in Pakistan. According to Amnesty International, between August and October 2017 nearly 300 reported cases of disappearances reached the Commission on Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. Read more

Sounding the alarm over sharp increase in enforced disappearances

Little room for dissent in Pakistan: Civic freedoms under constant attack

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, peaceful assemblies can become dangerous and susceptible to attack and interference from terrorist groups in Pakistan. Read more

Little room for dissent in Pakistan: Civic freedoms under constant attack

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group

Conditions continue to be difficult for civil society organisations in Pakistan, with those involved in human rights monitoring or those critical of government facing forced closure. Read more

Authorities in Pakistan shut down critical women's rights group

Blogger Murdered in Pakistan

Khurram Zaki, the outspoken editor of Let Us Build Pakistan (LUBP) was murdered in Karachi on 8th May. Read more


Expression in Pakistan

The legal framework in Pakistan authorises the government to curb freedom of expression on topics including the constitution itself, the armed forces, the judiciary and religion. Read more