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Human Rights Abuses Reported in Pakistan

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said in a report released today that women, children, and members of minority ethnic and religious groups in Pakistan live in grim circumstance.

The report also stated that more than 1,000 women were killed last year alone in the name of honor, and the killings were justified by reasons as outrageous as a woman sitting next to a man who was not her relative. Additionally, the report said that the most common killers were brothers, followed by husbands. “More than 15 percent of the victims in Punjab were minors.”

The Human Rights Commission is an independent rights organization head by Commission Chairman Afrasiad Khattak. Khattak stated that the panel issued just one message to the military government of Pakistan: “Please restore democracy at the earliest.”

Sources:

The Associated Press - March 15, 2000

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