Document - Pakistan: Death plot against human rights lawyer, Asma Jahangir

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UA: 164/12 Index: ASA 33/008/2012 Pakistan Date: 7 June 2012

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death plot against human rights lawyer

Leading human rights lawyer and activist Asma Jahangir fears for her life, having just learned of a plot by Pakistan’s security forces to kill her. Killings of human rights defenders have increased over the last year, many of which implicate Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency (ISI).

On 4 June, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) alerted Amnesty International to information it had received of a plot by Pakistan’s security forces to kill HRCP founder and human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.

As Pakistan’s leading human rights defender, Asma Jahangir has been threatened many times before. However news of the plot to kill her is altogether different. The information available does not appear to have been intentionally circulated as means of intimidation, but leaked from within Pakistan’s security apparatus. Because of this, Asma Jahangir believes the information is highly credible and has therefore not moved from her home.

Please write immediately in English, Urdu, or your own language, calling on the Pakistan authorities to:

Immediately provide effective security to Asma Jahangir.

Promptly conduct a full investigation into alleged plot to kill her, including all individuals and institutions suspected of being involved, including the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

Bring to justice all suspected perpetrators of attacks on human rights defenders, in trials that meet international fair trial standards and without recourse to the death penalty

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 19 JULY 2012 TO:

President

Asif Ali Zardari

President's Secretariat

Islamabad, Pakistan

Email: (via web form) http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/index.php?lang=en&opc=8

Salutation: President

Prime Minister

Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani

Prime Minister House

Islamabad

Pakistan

Fax: +92-51-9213780

+92 51 922 1596

E-mail: secretary@cabinet.gov.pk

Salutation: Dear Prime Minister

Chief of Army Staff

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

c/o Inter Services Pubilc Relations,

Hilal Road, Rawalpindi, 46000

Pakistan

Fax: +92-51-9271682

Salutation: General Kayani

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below:

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

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death plot against human rights lawyer

ADditional Information

Asma Jahangir founded the HRCP, a non-governmental organization. She is a lawyer, an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Internationally, Jahangir was UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions from 1998-2004 and the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from 2004 to 2010.

The ISI is the premier intelligence service of Pakistan’s armed forces. Amnesty International has documented a number of cases implicating the ISI, other intelligence agencies, and the military over the last several years. Journalist Saleem Shahzad (UA: 270/11, Index number ASA 33/015/2011) was abducted in Islamabad on 29 May 2011 and his dead body found two days later showing signs of torture. In October 2010, Saleem Shahzad had told colleagues that in a meeting with Inter-Services Intelligence agency’s (ISI) media wing, he felt he had been threatened, because of his reporting on al-Qaida infiltration into Pakistan’s armed forces.

On 4 June, the HRCP issued a statement concerned not that the alleged plot was not only an attempt to silence one individual but the human rights community at large.

Name: Asma Jahangir

Gender m/f: f

UA: 164/12 Index: ASA 33/008/2012 Issue Date: 7 June 2012

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