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Pakistan's NHRI calls for action on enforced disappearances

Graphic: Protesters demonstrate against disappearances in Pakistan

A report by the NCHR calls for Pakistan to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance


Pakistan's National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) and the European Union recently sought the views and expertise of human rights activists, parliamentarians and other stakeholders at a 'National Consultation on Human Rights Challenges'.

The Express Tribune reported that, as part of the consultation, the NCHR released its report on "The Unending Saga of Enforced Disappearances".

According to the NCHR report, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has recorded more than 700 pending cases from Pakistan, while Pakistan's Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances has received more than 5,400 cases since its inception.

The report noted that this number was low as compared to the number of cases documented by civil society.

The NCHR report calls for Pakistan to ratify the UN International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPED) and recommends setting up a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate cases of enforced disappearances and address the long-standing grievances of the people of Balochistan and tribal regions.

Speaking on the role of parliamentarians, Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Sherry Rehman said, "There needs to be a clear commitment to stand against encroachments on human rights. The struggle for democracy is always incomplete if we are unable to advance a progressive rights agenda."

Date: 2 November 2018

Source: Express Tribune


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  1. Protesters demonstrate against disappearances in Pakistan - Amnesty International; http://bit.ly/2DHaXC7