HRCP strongly condemns police violence on peaceful demonstrations of Lady Health Workers in Karachi and different towns of Sindh

Karachi, March, 29, 2011: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expresses concern at the brutal police action against lady health workers in Sindh and holds the Sindh Government and the provincial authorities responsible. According to reports, batons and tear-gas were indiscriminately uses against them and a number of men and women, who were peacefully protesting for the regularisation of their service, were arrested.
Karachi Police again baton charged the LHWs who tried to stage a demonstration at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House to protest over the arrest of their colleagues in Ghotki, Sukkur and Obaro, and arrested many of them. According to the police, six LHWs were arrested and lodged at the women police station.
 
According to an e-mail received by HRCP from LHW Association’s head, Bushra Arain, 36 LHWs and drivers were arrested  in Qamu Shareef Dharna by the Police and are still detained in Sukkur Jail.
 
HRCP condemns the police violence on peaceful demonstration of LHW and calls upon the government of Sindh to release all detained LHWs and other staff members and to ensure that cases registered against them are withdrawn. In recognition of the crucial nature of their work, the government should regularize their service and provide medical aid and treatment to those demonstrators who were injured at the hands of the police and local administration.
 
 
Ghazi Salahuddin
Vice-Chairperson
HRCP Sindh Chapter.

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