Most rights cases involve missing persons

Ministry claims numbers of youth nominated increasing.

Maha Mussadaq October 25, 2011


A fortnightly report on human rights in Pakistan reveals that most of the 70 cases of rights violations were of missing persons from Balochistan.

The report, which covers the first two weeks of this month, was compiled by the human rights ministry and reveals latest figures on the human rights situation in the country.

According to the report, 22 cases of violations were recorded from Punjab, 18 from Balochistan, 16 from Sindh, and four from Islamabad, while there were 13 cases of enforced disappearances from Balochistan.

Of the 13 persons missing from Balochistan, two are children while one is a Hindu teacher who has been abducted. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Human Rights Secretary Batool Qureshi said that Pakistan was going through a crisis which was leading to an increase in the number of cases of human rights violation.

At the same time it was important to acknowledge that this spike could also be a good sign since it implies more cases are now being reported, she said.

“A large number of cases go unreported due to socio-economic constraints but the fact that these issues are being raised is a good sign.”

However, Supreme Court Advocate Anees Jilani said that with the passage of time, there has been an increase in the number of teenagers and younger people who are killed in schools and colleges. “The figures of young people accused in human rights cases keep on rising and run in the hundreds today.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 25th, 2011. 


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