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Pakistan: Further information on illegal detention/prisoner of conscience

, Index number: ASA 33/028/2007

At least 53 human rights defenders and civil society activists were released on bail on 6 November 2007. They include Hina Jilani (f), Iqbal Haider (m), I. A. Rehman (m), Brigadier (rtd) Rao Abid Hameed (m), Shahtaj izilbash (f) and Imran Qureshi (m). They are facing charges under The Maintenance of Public Order law and under an unlawful assembly provision of the Penal Code. Asma Jahangir, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, is still under house arrest.

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