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HRCP welcomes enactment of new laws to protect women
May 12, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: An independent watchdog offered a mixed report card in its annual look at the state of human rights in Pakistan, welcoming the enactment of new laws to protect women but decrying an uptick in religiously motivated vigilantism.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said the country was among the world’s most prolific enforcers of the death penalty, having executed 87 prisoners in 2016.

The report said fewer people died in terror attacks last year.

The report also criticised the use of a controversial blasphemy law by military and civilian authorities to intimidate critics.

“People have been given impunity if they kill in the name of religion, if they cheat in the name of religion, if they lie in the name of religion . . . the state has to end this,” said Asma Jahangir, the commission’s chairman. “It is doing no service to our religion.”

Freedom of speech also took a hit last year with threats of blasphemy charges levelled against those who challenged state authority, said the report. Six journalists and a blogger were killed last year. There has been a spike in the level of “intimidation of the media and increased levels of self-censorship by the media,” it said.

“The year 2016 saw a disturbing rise in assaults on media houses, TV channel and newspaper offices as well as press clubs by militant, religious and political groups,” the report said.

Jahangir assailed Pakistan’s powerful intelligence and security agencies for unlawfully detaining people, including five bloggers who were held for several weeks before being freed earlier this year.

Militants also attacked Muslim shrines and mosques.

“In more than 30 attacks during the year, militants targeted different Muslim sects — mainly Sunni, Shiite, including Hazaras, and Bohra — and worship places and shrines, killing about 110 people and injuring 162 others,” the report said.

But Jahangir also noted progress in Pakistan, saying that same lawmakers who once said killing a woman in the name of honour was “social tradition,” enacted a law to try to end it.

Women are present in all walks of life in Pakistan, she said.

“When I first began there were very few women lawyers but now there are so many bright young women out there, performing better than anyone,” Jahangir said.

Associated Press

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