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Human rights activists' life at risk in Pakistan
The life of human rights activists and social workers is at high risk within our society in Sindh, Pakistan. Those who are raising their voices against the human rights violations are either killed or arrested in fake cases.

The same situation is faced by the political activists, because they have been raising their voices against the rights violations and demanding protection of socio-economical and political rights of the people of Sindh.

Recently in June 2013, a woman social worker was killed by her former husband in Hyderabad, second largest city in Sindh. She was former general secretary of Aurat Development Foundation, working for rights of women in the district, Shaheed Benazirabad. After her brutal attack in Sakrand city, she was hospitalised but couldn’t survive.

Such types of cases are increasing day by day, and the government, instead of protecting the human rights activists, is supporting the offenders.

Till now, Pakistan has been signing various international laws, treaties and bills to assure the international community that it will take all possible measures to protect the basic rights of its citizens, but the implementation is lacking.

Even though the country witnessed the first transition of a democratic government in its more than six decade history, the violence and terrorism, however, continue to consume lives of innocents. Baluchistan has reached to no return point. Sindh is struggling for its freedom since 1972.

The State, instead of taking measures to listen to the grievances of people, is using force to silence these voices. Furthermore, it has been taking different inhuman and illegal actions to stop the political struggles in Sindh and Baluchistan. More and more cases of disappearances of political activists are coming to fore. Women political activists are also arrested and awarded death sentences.

It clearly indicates that these authorities are operating beyond the constitution and law, and demonstrating that they are the most powerful people in Pakistan; hence no one can question them. Parents, relatives and political workers are taking rounds of jails and courts but no one is ready to give them a patient hearing.

On March 6, 2012, two Sindhi nationalist leaders and political workers Meer Alam Mari and Raja Dahar Tenvo disappeared from a hotel in Hyderabad city.

We appeal to the international community to ask our leadership to stop such policies of suppressing people’s voices and also desist from inhuman practices like torturing and abusing human rights activists and political leaders.

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