Successive Pakistani governments have continued to clamp down on critical voices in the media, nongovernmental organizations, and the political opposition. The authorities routinely use draconian counterterrorism and sedition laws to intimidate peaceful critics. Blasphemy-related violence against religious minorities, fostered in part by government persecution and discriminatory laws, continues unabated. The authorities have failed to establish adequate protection or accountability for abuses against women and girls, including so-called “honor killings” and forced marriage.  Since 2022, Pakistan has faced one of the worst economic crises in its history, jeopardizing millions of people’s rights to health, food, and an adequate standard of living. Pakistan remains exceedingly vulnerable to climate change and faces rates of warming considerably above the global average.

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