HRCP dismayed by executive’s response to police violence

Lahore, December 13: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed shock and dismay at a lack of government response to the wanton use of violence by police against students and teachers in Lahore.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Commission said, “It is regrettable that the government is yet to take note of the poor policing and the wanton use of violence by police against students and teachers protesting in Lahore. The fact that the high court has taken notice of the use of force against the protesters does not prevent the executive from taking action. Regardless of the merit of the protesters’ demands, HRCP condemns as absolutely unwarranted the merciless baton-charge on the students and teachers by the police and reminds the government that overlooking such infractions would send the wrong signal to the police and encourage similar abuse of the people’s rights in future.”

Dr Mehdi Hasan
Chairperson

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