HRCP strongly condemns police brutality on a peaceful demonstration of the journalists and members of civil society protesting against the imposition of restrictions on the media
Karachi, November 20, 2007: In a statement issued to the press, Mr. Iqbal Haider, Secretary General, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) strongly condemned police brutality on a peaceful demonstration of the journalists and members of civil society protesting against the imposition of restrictions on the media at Karachi Press Club, today at 04:00 pm.
Mr. Haider stated that the Sindh Government and all other provincial authorities must be held responsible for the atrocious police action against male and female journalists who were peacefully protesting against the imposition of restrictions on the media.
Today, the police under the instructions of the provincial administration attacked on a peaceful demonstration of journalists with tear gas and batons and arrested hundreds of journalists and members of civil society while more than a dozen were badly injured.
He also warned the Government of Sindh that such restrictions on media are a clear violation of not only of the Constitution of Pakistan, but also is against all International charters of human rights and local laws.
Mr. Haider said that, under the present regime, harassment, victimization, disappearances (abduction by Authorities), murder, attempted murder or attacks on the life and properties of the Journalists community, lawyers, human right activists and political leaders and workers are continuing with impunity, in a shocking number and manner. Continue reading