Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pakistan 2014: “Enforced disappearances” condemned, practice threatens security of the state

        “We can never forgive interning authority for the cruel atrocities of killing voiceless prisoners never ever given a chance to justice and due process of law” Amina Masood Janjua (DHR, Pakistan)  International Day For Victims of … Continue reading

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Kashmir 2014: “Disappeared” but kept alive in the hearts of wives and mothers

          “Nobody understands a mother’s pain. I’m a victim, there are many like us. APDP was founded from my pain, from all of these mother’s pain.” Parveena Ahangar (Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons) Human rights campaigners … Continue reading

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Shaker Aamer ‘beaten’ in latest Guantanamo crackdown (Reprieve statement)

British resident Shaker Aamer has reportedly been beaten at Guantánamo Bay, in evidence of a new crackdown on prisoners protesting their detention without charge. In new letters received by legal charity Reprieve, detainees reveal what one calls a new “standard procedure” … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Talking to Taliban on new splinter group “Jamaat -ul-Ahrar” and how it came into being

Announcing formation of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Since the launch of military operation Zarb-e-Asb in North Waziristan, Pakistan (June 2014) against local and foreign insurgent groups dominant in the region, the media have been able to access regular official updates from ISPR (Inter … Continue reading

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Iraq and Syria…US foreign policy, supporting terrorists and selective human rights?

Obama and US foreign policy like an episode from “Soap” Following the recent twists and turns of US government foreign policy, counter-terrorism strategy and human rights advocacy in relation to Iraq and Syria has become akin to watching an episode … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Bill moved in Senate to extend jurisdiction of courts to FATA and bill to prevent torture, custodial deaths and custodial rape

  News from FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Lawyers Forum (Statement 12th August 2014)  ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday allowed two private members’ bills to be moved, including a bill to extend the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court and … Continue reading

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Farah, A Gazan “Anne Frank”

         Farah (left) tweets from Israeli controlled Gaza, Anne (right) wrote a diary in German occupied Holland When I came across the tweets of Farah “Gazan”, a 16 year old Palestinian teenager from a bombed out and shattered Gaza Strip, I … Continue reading

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