Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pakistan has "disastrous year" for human rights in 2010

Surprise, Surprise!
HRW, is a joke to act so surprised about this in any way.
and to talk of the Taliban like they are being abused is absolutely ignorant.

Thousands of Taliban suspects have been illegally and secretly held in military detention, the report said, and some units of the Pakistan Army allegedly engaged in summary executions of prisoners.

I don't see a problem with this, the Taliban are really bad guys and they do plenty enough harm to the people of Pakistan that if they are imprisoned/executed they probably deserve it.

So what we know is that Pakistan as a country is a cesspool of Islamic stupidity.

In its World Report 2011, the New York-based rights organization said militant violence was fostered by the passive acceptance of persecution of religious minorities and had active help from some elements of the intelligence agencies.

"Taliban atrocities aren't happening in a vacuum," said Ali Dayan Hasan, senior South Asia Researcher for Human Rights Watch, "but instead with covert support from elements in the intelligence services and law enforcement agencies."

Last year, hundreds of people died in militant attacks, 11 journalists were killed, target killings terrorized Karachi and minorities were singled out.

At least 80 Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but who Pakistan declared non-Muslims in the 1970s, were killed in twin attacks, and bombings at Sufi shrines killed dozens.

Salman Taseer, the liberal governor of Pakistan's most populous province, was gunned down by one of his bodyguards for supporting changes to Pakistan's harsh blasphemy law, and Senator Sherry Rehman, who also called for changes, is now a virtual prisoner in her own home because of death threats.

The government of the avowedly secular Pakistan People's Party, headed by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, has done little to combat the growing religious extremism, distancing itself from Taseer and Rehman, and failing to curb calls for their deaths from mosques.

"The religious parties used (blasphemy) laws to blackmail the government," Mehdi Hassan, chairman of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), told Reuters. "The religious right use these laws as a pressure tactic against the government and the government succumbs to these pressures."

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