WATCH­DOG GROUP SLAMS COUN­TRY'S RIGHTS RECORD

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

An in­de­pen­dent Pak­istani watch­dog crit­i­cized the coun­try’s hu­man rights record over the past year in a new re­port re­leased Mon­day, say­ing the na­tion has failed to make progress on a myr­iad of is­sues, rang­ing from forced dis­ap­pear­ances, to women’s rights and pro­tec­tion of re­li­gious mi­nori­ties. The damn­ing re­port card is­sued by the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan says peo­ple con­tinue to dis­ap­pear in Pak­istan, some­times be­cause they crit­i­cize the coun­try’s pow­er­ful mil­i­tary or be­cause they ad­vo­cate bet­ter re­la­tions with neigh­bor­ing In­dia. The con­tro­ver­sial blas­phemy law con­tin­ues to be mis­used, es­pe­cially against dis­si­dents, with cases in which mere ac­cu­sa­tions that some­one com­mit­ted blas­phemy lead to deadly mob vi­o­lence, it said. /

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