Pakistan

Activists and journalists facing harassment, being forcibly disappeared or killed in Pakistan

Pakistan remains a dangerous place for activists and journalists. Over the last few months, a number of individuals have been victims of enforced disappearances including journalist Matiullah Jan, political activist Mohammad Amin and human rights defenders Idris Khattak and Sarang Joyo. No one has been held accountable for these crimes. Editor-in-chief of the Jang group, Shakilur Rehman and family are facing judicial harassment while anti-corruption journalist from Balochistan, Anwar Jan Kethran was killed. Academics have also been accused of blasphemy or sedition. Read more

Activists and journalists facing harassment, being forcibly disappeared or killed in Pakistan

Pashtun activists targeted amid pandemic while press increasingly muzzled in Pakistan

In recent months, Pashtun activists continue to be targeted while women’s rights activists continue to face risk and attacks. There has been a lack of accountability over the enforced disappearance of Idris Khattak, activist Muhammad Ismail continues to face judicial harassment, while the state has continued to silence critical media and block online content. Healthcare workers were also arrested for protesting against the lack of protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Pashtun activists targeted amid pandemic while press increasingly muzzled in Pakistan

Activists disappeared or arrested in Pakistan while media faces restrictions and threats

Over the last few months, Pakistani human rights defender Idris Khattak was forcibly disappeared, activist Muhammad Ismail was arbitrarily detained on trumped up charges, while his daughter and women rights activist Gulalai Ismail fled the country. The authorities also denied entry to a representative from the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ), warned news anchors not to express their opinions, while journalists from the Dawn newspaper faced threats for their reporting. Student protesters including Alamgir Wazir were arrested and charged for their activism. Read more

Activists disappeared or arrested in Pakistan while media faces restrictions and threats

Lack of accountability for Pashtun rights protesters killed and injured in North Waziristan

In the last few months, state repression against the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) a mass movement promoting the rights of the Pashtun people has persisted as well as journalists covering the movement. Human rights defender Gulalai Ismail remains at risk of arrest for her activism, journalists are being monitored on social media and despite commitments by the authorities to address enforced disappearances including of activists, progress has been slow. Read more

Lack of accountability for Pashtun rights protesters killed and injured in North Waziristan

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