Friday, August 19, 2011

UN Calls for Probe into Abductions And Killings

UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) -- The United Nations human rights office on Friday urged the Pakistani government to investigate a series of killings and disappearances of journalists in the country, particularly in Balochistan province.
In the past week alone, there have been several reports of human rights violations against journalists, human rights defenders and political activists in the western province of Balochistan.On Monday, the bodies of four missing activists of the Baloch Students Organization (BSO) were found in Mastung, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the Balochistan capital of Quetta, the Express Tribune reported on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) received reports about the killing of a journalist, Munir Shakir, in Khuzdar of Balochistan on August 14, and the disappearance of another journalist, Rehmatullah Darpakhel, in North Waziristan on August 11. "We are very concerned that such incidents are not abating in Pakistan," OHCHR spokesman Rupert Colville said. "We call on all responsible parties to immediately stop such violations of human rights, and we urge the Government to take immediate steps to independently investigate these cases." Colville noted that Pakistan is cited by various journalist groups as one of the most dangerous places for media professionals, with at least 16 journalists killed in 2010 alone. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), nine journalists have been killed in Pakistan so far this year.

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