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  • Human Rights Watch, others declare cyber crime bill ‘undemocratic’

    ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation and other organisations have expressed serious concerns over the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill and declared it a risk to the freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan...

    In a joint statement, issued on Monday, members of the Senate have been urged to take a stand against the bill and ensure that any new cybercrime legislation is...

  • Human Rights Watch demands US criminal probe of CIA torture

    NEW YORK: Human Rights Watch called on the Obama administration on Tuesday to investigate 21 former US officials, including former President George W...

    Human Rights Watch argued that details of the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation program that were made public by a US Senate committee in December 2014 provided enough evidence for the Obama administration to open an inquiry...

  • Human Rights Watch urges govt to halt hanging of mentally-ill man

    ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Watch urged Pakistan on Monday to halt the imminent hanging of a prisoner declared insane by government doctors, saying the execution would violate its international legal obligations...

    “But in this case it also violates Pakistan's international legal obligations,” Ijaz said, referring to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which Islamabad ratified in 2011...

  • FO refutes Human Rights Watch report on Afghan Refugees

    The Foreign Office on Tuesday refuted the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on Afghan refugees and termed it as "misplaced and removed from facts and realities on ground"...

    The statement added that it was regrettable the report was lacking a larger perspective and the historical context in which Pakistan and its people have hosted millions of Afghan refugees in a generous and gracious manner...

  • Deaths in police custody go unpunished in India: Human Rights Watch

    Police in India are torturing suspects to death in custody with impunity and blaming suicide or natural causes, Human Rights Watch said Monday...

    The rights group said a failure to follow proper arrest procedures, such as presenting a suspect before a magistrate within 24 hours, was allowing police to get away with murder...

  • Human Rights Watch says Israel blocking access to Gaza

    An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question Israel's stated commitment to investigating possible rights violations...

    In a 47-page report, Human Rights Watch accused Israel of “systematically” preventing its researchers from visiting Gaza since 2008, only granting them one exceptional permit last...

  • China using personal data as repression tool in Xinjiang, says Human Rights Watch

    Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China's most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens' personal information in a stark example of how big-data technology can be used to police a population...

    The rights group used publicly available government procurement documents, media reports and interviews to assemble details of the policing program, called the “Integrated Joint Operations...

  • Dr Shireen Mazari delivers sharp rebuke to Human Rights Watch for 'selective oversight'

    Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Tuesday issued an acerbic rebuke to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) for writing to Prime Minister Imran Khan and asking him to address "serious human rights challenges" faced by Pakistan...

    In a letter made public on Monday, HRW Asia Director Brad Adams had asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to make human rights a "key focus" of his government...

  • Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture

    Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political rivals, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday...

    "Calls by Palestinian officials to safeguard Palestinian rights ring hollow as they crush dissent...

  • Human Rights Day: State reminded of responsibility to protect rights of people

    LAHORE: Rights activists have reminded the state of its responsibility to protect the rights of its people and asked it to take steps to promote tolerance in society...

    Holding a demonstration in connection with the Human Rights Day outside the Lahore Press Club on Thursday, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan members and other participants remembered those activists who sacrificed their lives but they stood tall for the cause... ...

  • ‘NA body on human rights should focus on rights violations’

    ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights argued on Tuesday that the parliamentary panel should concentrate on human rights violations in the country instead of criticising the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR)...

    It was also claimed at committee meetings that the commission was under the administrative control of the Ministry of Human Rights and could not make decisions on its own; a...

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