Maat Calls upon Pakistan to Quickly Disclose the Fate of the Forcibly Disappeared Persons
Okeil: Enforced disappearances are increasing in Pakistan
Mena Abdelraouf: The Human Rights Council should establish a commission of inquiry to disclose the fate of the disappeared
During its intervention presented today to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the sidelines of the 42nd session of the Council held from 9 to 27 September, Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights reviewed the human rights situation in Pakistan which continues to witness an unfortunate propagation of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, in the absence of political will to stop such practices and its continued inability to prevent such crimes.
Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, stated that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a bill criminalizing enforced disappearance on January 1, 2019. However, enforced disappearance, abduction, arbitrary detention and have recently increased, affecting civilians from the Baloch minority. 371 enforced disappearances were recorded during the first half of this year by the Pakistani army against the Baloch people.
Menatullah Abdelrauf, International Mechanism Unit Manager at Maat, called upon the Pakistani authorities to disclose the fate and whereabouts of the enforced disappeared; to establish an independent commission to investigate the enforced disappearances, confessions extracted under torture and other violations associated with the denial of their most basic legal rights, starting from detention in a known place; to allow them to communicate with their families and lawyers in order to enjoy their right to impartial, independent and fair trials; and to hold the perpetrators of such violations accountable.
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