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Summary I have no hope of getting justice in this crooked system. —Umar Daraz, Karachi, January 2016 How do you expect us to recover stolen items from hardened criminals? Do you think they will agree if we say, ‘Be nice to us and return what you…
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(Lahore) – In a nation almost constantly reeling under years of repeated bombings by militants, the one on August 8 is still a shock. A massive blast in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province and home to the leadership of the Afghan Taliban, killed…
People hold a candlelight vigil for those killed in the August 8, 2016 blast in Quetta, Pakistan.
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At least 29 children were among the more than 70 people killed in the bombing at Lahore’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal park on Easter Sunday. Most of the 148 fatalities on December 16, 2014, when gunmen targeted the Army Public School in Peshawar, were children, too.…
Family members mourn the death of a relative, who was killed in the public park bombing on Sunday, in Lahore on March 28, 2016.
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Pakistan began 2015 in a state of grief, shock and anger over the horrific Army Public School attack by the Taliban in Peshawar. This came on top of a series of violent attacks that killed hundreds. But the fatal shooting of 138 children placed the…
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week recognized the enormity of the country’s problem of enforced disappearances with a simple directive: identify the bodies. On February 10, the Supreme Court asked federal and provincial governments to ensure that “…
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 “We

 are the Walking Dead”
 
 
 Killings of Shia Hazara in

 Balochistan, Pakistan
 
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Today Julian Assange, the Wikileaks publisher, begins his third year confined in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. He fled there, receiving political asylum, when Sweden sought his extradition to answer sexual assault allegations. Although both Assange…
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 With the rapid development and proliferation of robotic

 weapons, machines are starting to take the place of humans on the battlefield.

 Some military and robotics experts have…
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(Washington, DC) – The US government should transfer Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) command of aerial drone strikes to the armed forces and clarify its legal rationale for targeted killings, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Barack…
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Following the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush began a campaign of “targeted killings” against suspected members of al Qaeda and other armed groups. It has continued under the administration of President…
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 December 16, 2011
 
 Dear President Obama,
 
 We previously wrote to you on December 7, 2010, to express our concerns regarding the US targeted killing program.  We made recommendations that would minimize harm to civilians…
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 “We Can Torture, Kill, or Keep You for Years”
 Enforced Disappearances by Pakistan Security Forces in Balochistan
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      Background: Conflict and Abuses in…
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(New York) - The Pakistani government should immediately investigate reports of summary executions, torture, and mistreatment perpetrated during counterterrorism operations in the Swat valley, Human Rights Watch said today. Since September 2009, when the…
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(London) - The UK government should immediately order an independent judicial inquiry into the role and complicity of British security services in the torture of terrorism suspects in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 46-…
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 Cruel Britannia
 British
 Complicity in the Torture and Ill-treatment of Terror Suspects in Pakistan 
 Cruel Britannia
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 The British government should:
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(New York) - The Pakistani government should swiftly reverse its decision to cede de-facto administrative control of the Swat valley in Pakistan's tribal areas to the Taliban and affiliated groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The move presents a grave…
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(New York) - Condemning the attacks that killed at least 175 people in Mumbai, Human Rights Watch today called upon the governments of India and Pakistan to cooperate in a prompt and thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and planners of the…