Pakistan’s human rights review: Internet censorship comes under scrutiny

KARACHI: As part of a review of Pakistan’s human rights standing, the Netherlands has recommended that Pakistan remove restrictions on internet access. The recommendation is part of a draft report of the UN Human Rights Council working group on the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. In the draft report, released on November 2, the working …

Time to act in Pakistan is now, say human rights NGOs

Commitments must be followed by action said national and international human rights NGOs today in the wake of the second review of Pakistan under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. NGO representatives said that they feared that an overoptimistic picture of progress since 2008 had been presented by the government delegation, headed by Minister …

Journalists condemn violent police behavior

PESHAWAR: Khyber Union of Journalists (KuJ) and the Peshawar Press Club have condemned the rude and violent behavior of police after a local journalist was beaten up. Ziaul Haq, ARY TV bureau chief was thrashed by cops Thursday in the presence of Superintendent of Police Khalid Hamdani, reports said. In a hurriedly called meeting at …

Journalists in danger

As the United Nations Human Rights Council prepared for its Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan, Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm over growing threats to journalists’ lives and safety in many regions of the country. The free press organization, which has official consultative status with the U.N., had recommended as recently as April a series of …

Journalist, two cops among 8 gunned down

KARACHI: Eight people including two cops and a journalist of a local newspaper were gunned down while three others were wounded in various parts of the metropolis here on Tuesday.Unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate gunshots on a police head constable Sajid, 40, son of Allah Bux at Timber Market in the limits of Napier police …