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In 2016, Pakistan’s parliament passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), a set of laws which supporters contended would restrict online extremist content, prosecute hate speech, and curb harassment of women on the internet. Four years on, has…
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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region. 
 
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Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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Imagine that your parents fled their country with you 30 years ago, when you were a baby. The country where you live is the only place you have ever known and your own children were born there.
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Five returning Afghan refugee children wait for their parents to register at the UN refugee agency’s support center outside Kabul after being forced out of Pakistan in October 2016. Almost 600,000 Afghans, including 360,000 registered refugees, returned h
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Refugees, rights groups, aid organisations say empathy towards refugees is fading even as deaths in Mediterranean soar.

Below is an excerpt from an Al Jazeera feature which included quotes from Bill Frelick, Human Rights Watch's Refugee Rights Director. The full feature asked refugees, human rights organizations, experts working with refugees, and those who attempt to make…
Afghan women sit with their children after arriving at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration centre in Kabul, Afghanistan September 27, 2016.
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The recent Quetta bombing underscores the failure that is Pakistan’s anti-terror policy

(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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The apparent objective of the March 27 attack in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park was to target families belonging to a marginalised Christian community on Easter Sunday. The park is in one of the few public spaces where admission is free and thus accessible to the…
Rescue workers move a body from the site of a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan on March 27, 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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Jalal Shah, a 50-year-old Afghan registered refugee who has lived in Peshawar for the past 20 years, used to eke out a decent livelihood as a vegetable vendor. That ended in the aftermath of the December 16, 2014 brutal attack by the so-called Pakistani…
An Afghan girl
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“The police asked us, ‘What are you doing here? Go to your own country!’” said Farhang, 31, describing his treatment in Pakistan. “It was 1am … they put all us men in the police cars and took us to the police station … We spent 11 days in jail. Then they…
An Afghan girl
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“I ran towards the stairs but they collapsed before I could reach them — and then the whole building collapsed,” said 16-year-old Mohammad Asghar, a worker at the Rajput Polyester factory in Lahore. The four-storey factory collapsed on Wednesday, crushing…
Rescue workers carry out an injured man after the Rajput factory collapse near Lahore, Pakistan on November 4, 2015.
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Pakistan’s state executioners have taken a rare breather this past month after a death penalty spree that has killed 176 death row prisoners since the end of December 2014.
 
  
 
 But Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made clear that the…
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The clock is ticking on whether Pakistan’s government will send an alleged child offender to the gallows next week. An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on June 1 ordered the execution of Shafqat Hussain on June 9.  The impending execution is the latest…