Pakistan: Commission probes allegations of police torture in Faisalabad
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The National Commission for Human Rights has conducted a preliminary investigation into nearly 1,500 cases of alleged torture brought by a leading NGO
The National Commission for Human Rights has conducted a preliminary investigation into nearly 1,500 cases of alleged torture reported by Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) in just one district of Faisalabad.
Speaking at a press conference, NCHR Chairman retired Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan said it would take action against police officials found to be involved in torture, irrespective of their ranks.
He also emphasised the right to a fair trial for all citizens in any nature of crime.
Justice Chowhan and his team conducted the preliminary investigation, where victims of alleged police torture presented their testimonies.
JPP also presented its research findings, which indicated abuse in 1,424 cases out of a sample of 1,867 medico-legal certificates.
The cases were compiled by a Government-appointed District Standing Medical Board in Faisalabad between 2006 and 2012.
According to the data, 58 victims were children and over 134 were women.
The report stated that 143 victims were suspended, 464 were forced to witness others being tortured, 15 were subjected to sleep deprivation, 11 were exposed to extreme heat or cold and 114 were sexually abused.
The JPP report also stated that 61 per cent of women were sexually abused and 81 per cent were subjected to culturally inappropriate practices.
The initial inquiry by the Commission will be followed by formal proceedings next week.
The Commission will also summon concerned police officials and representatives of the District Administration to respond to the allegations.
Date: 31 May 2018
Source: National Commission for Human Rights
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