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Pakistan government should criminalize enforced disappearances – HRCP


August 30, 2018

HRCP has recapitulate the urge for government to criminalize enforced disappearances.

According to details received by The Balochistan Post, On the International Day of the Disappeared, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in a press release with the title ‘Enforced disappearances exclude every human right’ has restated the need for the government to criminalize enforced disappearances.

HRCP has said that, ‘even as we express solidarity with forcibly ‘disappeared’ people and with their friends and families, it is worth reminding ourselves exactly why the phrase ‘missing person’ is a gross understatement in terms of human rights.

‘An enforced disappearance implies the absence of the right to liberty, security and life. It means having no guarantee whatsoever of the right not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment. It puts the person entirely out of reach of the right to a fair trial or effective remedy. For victims’ families and friends – and indeed for the public – it excludes the right to know the truth of the circumstances of the disappearance.

‘That we have no reliable estimates of the number of people in this position – given the enormous discrepancy between official estimates and reports on the ground – is a chilling reminder of why the state cannot afford to stall this issue. HRCP demands that the government take immediate steps to criminalize enforced disappearances under the Penal Code and replace the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances with a judicial tribunal answerable to the Supreme Court. The findings of the 2010 Judicial Commission on Enforced Disappearances must be made public and implemented. It is also high time that Pakistan ratify the International Convention to Protect All Persons against Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance, and engage productively with the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.’

Whereas today to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances In a report titled, ‘PAKISTAN: Bring back the disappeared’, The International Human Rights Council, Hong Kong (IHRC-HK) has expressed concern over enforced disappearance in Pakistan.

The report of the IHRC-HK further stated that as per the Voice of Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), 6428 people are missing from Balochistan after their arrest by the law enforcement agencies since 2002 to date, while 196 people were missing from Sindh province since January 2016 to date, suggested the Voice of Missing Person of Sindh.

http://thebalochistanpost.net/2018/08/pakistan-government-should-criminalize-enforced-disappearances-hrcp/

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