HRCP outraged by Gaza flotilla killings by Israel

Lahore, May 31: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has noted with extreme concern the killing of at least 10 people in Israeli armed forces’ action against pro-Palestinian activists aboard a flotilla carrying aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Israeli commandos stormed the six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to Gaza Strip, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens.
A statement issued by HRCP on Monday said: “The utterly barbaric manner in which Tel Aviv attacked the mercy mission aimed at getting aid to the besieged people of Gaza would be condemned by all peace-loving people, and would only aggravate a situation that is already complex. It also betrays a lack of understanding of the plight of Gaza’s people.

The resort to force by Israeli commandoes and use of live ammunition against peace activists was clearly uncalled for and avoidable.
The activists on the ships also include several Pakistanis and at least one holocaust survivor. The government of Pakistan must take up the matter at the international level to ensure that there is no impunity for such irresponsible and excessive use of force. This is also a test of the ability of the United States to ensure that its spoiled surrogate in the region does not trample the rights of the citizens of the world outraged by the plight of the blockaded people of Gaza.

by: I. A. Rehman Secretary – General

HRCP blasts attack on Ahmadis in Lahore

Lahore, May 28: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the militant attacks on the worship places of Ahmadi community in Lahore and called upon the government to take adequate measures to protect the minorities.

In a statement issued May 28, HRCP Chairperson Asma Jahangir said the commission had been warning the Punjab government about the threats being given to the Ahmadi community centre in Model Town, Lahore for more than a year. An HRCP delegation had held meetings with Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif to apprise him of the situation and had demanded enhanced security measures to protect the vulnerable minority and its worship places. HRCP is of the view that though the Punjab government apparently took some steps to bolster the security but they were not enough to face the well-coordinated and well-planned terrorist attack as witnessed on Friday. HRCP is concerned over the increasing sectarian dimension of the militancy and considers it a big security threat to the entire society. In carrying out such barbaric attacks, the militants have no such objective that could be acceptable to the civil society. HRCP urges on the government to provide foolproof security and protection to the Ahmadi community. The Commission also appeals to the sections of the civil society that have been sympathetic to the militants, for some inexplicable reasons, to raise their voice on this inhuman act and express their solidarity with the country’s vulnerable communities.

by: Asma Jahangir Chairperson