Pakistani human rights group warns of January 31 sit-in if government fails to address enforced disappearance issue

Dec 31 2021 22:11 STI

Islamabad [Pakistan], December 31 (ANI): Pakistani human rights group, Defense of Human Rights (DHR), on Thursday asked Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Supreme Court and chief of the army to address the issue of enforced disappearances. organize a sit-in in Islamabad starting Jan.31, according to Dawn.
Speaking at a press conference at the National Press Club, DHR chief Amina Masood Janjua said 32 people were missing in 2021, of whom 12 have been released and five others have been found.
“Despite our problems, the New Year brings new hope for the return of our loved ones. Human rights defenders, as well as families, will continue their struggle and we demand that the government take action to address the burning issue of the missing as a top priority now, ”she said.
Janjua alleged that the National Human Rights Commission does not cooperate with the families of missing persons.
“The political leaders of the opposition assure us that they will speak about the issue but after they come to power, they forget their promise,” she said.

“On its own, the DHR has filed more than 20 cases of enforced disappearance before various high courts in 2021,” she added.
In addition, a new missing persons law will create problems for the families of missing persons rather than those who have been implicated in the heinous crime.
The desperation resulting from the commission led the families of the victims and human rights organizations to take their case to court.
The press conference was also marked by the presence of lawyers Imaan Hazir Mazari, retired Colonel Inamur Rahim, Raja Mushtaq and Omer Sohail.
Speaking on the occasion, Colonel Inamur Rahim said that cases of 8,000 missing persons had been filed with the commission until November 30.
“It is unfortunate that when I started to raise my voice I myself became a missing person,” he said.
“The law on enforced disappearances was just eye drops. We demand that former Supreme Court justice Dost Mohammad be appointed head of the commission on enforced disappearances,” he added. (ANI)

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