Pakistan: human rights safeguards: memorandum submitted to the Government following a visit in July – August 1989

This paper starts with a brief history of Amnesty International’s (AI) human rights concerns in Pakistan. It then describes the findings of a recent delegation (1989) which met Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s government. Individual cases are described and AI’s recommendations listed. Prison rules on whipping and fettering are quoted in an appendix. Although respect for human rights has increased since the change of government, violations still occur. AI is particularly concerned about the law allowing imprisonment of Ahmadis for professing to be Muslim. Torture, including rape, still occurs and laws prescribing whipping, stoning and amputation remain on the statute books.

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