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    UN team on missing persons concludes Pakistan visit | DAWN.COM

    ISLAMABAD: The United Nations working group on enforced disappearances delivered its initial findings Thursday as it concluded its 10-day visit to Pakistan.

    The group has pressed the Pakistani government and judiciary to do more to tackle the problem of thousands of people who have allegedly been detained by law enforcement and intelligence agencies and remain missing.

    Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad to mark the end of their visit, members of the working group acknowledged the government had taken steps to tackle the issue of enforced disappearances, but added that “serious challenges remain.”

    “We note that cases continue to be reported to national authorities, but there are controversies both on figures and on the nature of practice of enforced disappearances,” observed Olivier de Frouville, chair of the working group.

    To date, the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances still has more than 500 cases in its docket concerning the whole country, the UN expert added.

    The UN experts said that, according to sources, there were 14,000 cases of ‘missing persons’ in Balochistan. However, they added, the government claims there are less than 100 such cases.

    Olivier de Frouville, and member, Osman El-Hajj said they acknowledged the security challenges being faced by Pakistan. However, the experts said that, according to the 1992 Declaration for Protection of All Persons Against Enforced Disappearances, no circumstances whatsoever, whether a threat of war, a state of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked to justify enforced disappearances.

    Olivier de Frouville said there is acknowledgement that enforced disappearances have occurred and still occur in the country. He added that the group was invited by the Pakistani government.

    At one point during the press conference, the working group also welcomed the role played by the judiciary to shed light on the phenomenon of enforced disappearances in Pakistan and to trace missing persons.

    The UN experts further added that the analysis of the information received during and prior to the visit will be considered in the preparation of the report which will be presented to the Human Rights Council at a session in 2013.

    The UN working group’s visit was clouded by complaints from Pakistan’s parliament members who claimed the group’s presence was a violation of the country’s sovereignty.

    Several key institutions in Pakistan – including the Supreme Court, the military and the intelligence agency – refused to meet with the group. Their lack of cooperation raises questions about how much impact the group’s visit will have.
     
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    UNO/USA coming to rescue terrorists of Baluchistan....
    Those who are missing were not picked up from their bed rooms,they were picked up because they were up to no good.

    Anyway this UNO mission was not recognized by GOP,i am surprised why GOP didnt deport them.
     
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    So army is now the judge, jury and executioner in Pakistan ;) ?

    It was invited by GoP
     
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    UN urges govt to act on enforced disappearances | The Nation

    ISLAMABAD - Terming the enforced disappearances allegedly at the hands of military’s intelligence agencies as ‘heinous crime’, a high-level UN delegation has demanded of Pakistan to show ‘zero tolerance’ for stopping the practice.

    “The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) is aware of the difficulties encountered by law enforcement officials to bring criminals to justice and acknowledge the security challenges faced by Pakistan in different areas. However, it underscores that these challenges cannot be accepted as a justification to commit such a heinous crime as enforced disappearances,” said Olivier de Frouville, the chair-rapporteur of WGEID, while sharing the group’s preliminary observations on the completion of its ten-day visit to Pakistan (September10-20).

    The four member UN delegation, comprising two independent experts including the chair-rapporteur and Osman El-Hajje had paid visits to Pakistan’s five major cities, the federal and four provincial capitals and met with majority of the stakeholders (excluding military authorities who refused to meet with the UN delegation) for gathering information, make conclusions and suggest recommendations regarding missing persons scenario in Pakistan.“Human rights violations in the name of the fight against terrorism do not achieve their aim but can only, on the contrary, lead to further violations,” he said sharing the WGEID’s preliminary observations.

    “The figures communicated to us range from less than a hundred to thousands. In Balochistan alone, some sources allege that more than 14,000 persons are still missing, while the provincial government only recognises less than a hundred.

    To date, the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances still has more than 500 cases in its docket concerning the whole country. The number of officially registered allegations, although may not be reflective of the reality of the situation, is itself an indication of the existence of the phenomenon,” the observations said.The preliminary observations, however, did not include any mention of the much demanded and longed proposed legislation on antiterrorism laws, appeared to have lacked in their reflection on recommendations about these observations.

    Some other excerpts taken from the preliminary observations of the WGEID are narrated as: “As far as the nature of the practice is concerned, the authorities at the federal and provincial levels with whom we met often declared that most of the ‘missing persons’ were in fact not victims of enforced disappearances. According to those authorities, some of those persons had been under criminal charges and had chosen to go in hiding, while some others have fled to another country to join illegal armed groups.

    ”“The Working Group received allegations according to which some of the persons with whom we met had been threatened or intimidated. We call on the state to guarantee the safety of those who have met with us and protect them against any form of reprisals, threat or intimidation.” “The WGEID also underscores that in order to prevent any act of enforced disappearances, it is of outmost importance that, as enshrined in the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, any person deprived of liberty shall be held in an officially recognised place of detention and be brought promptly before a judicial authority.
     
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    This proves Zardari is reaching out against army and was a criminal of memogate.
     
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    I was watching a documentary on Aljazeera about the issue of missing people in Karachi today. Looks like there is a lot of clean up required. Good job by the NGO's though.

    08:30 People & Power : Karachi Kidnap
    On the trail of Karachi’s kidnappers and the Pakistani businessman who is taking them on.