Human Rights Concerns


The crackdown on the media, civil society and the political opposition intensified. Frequent enforced disappearances continued; nobody was held accountable. COVID-19 created new challenges for economic, social and cultural rights. Health workers were detained for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, and also came under attack at their place of work. The Supreme Court blocked efforts to relieve prison overcrowding, despite the spread of COVID-19 in prisons. Religious minorities continued to be prosecuted under blasphemy laws and attacked by non-state actors. Violence against women remained prevalent. Prime Minister Khan made encouraging announcements to release women prisoners and criminalize torture but there was little progress in implementing these measures. The Ministry of Human Rights presided over critical reforms around the death penalty and child abuse. The National Commission on Human Rights remained defunct.


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May 15, 2018 • Report

Pakistan: Campaign of hacking, spyware and surveillance targets human rights defenders

Human rights defenders in Pakistan are under threat from a targeted campaign of digital attacks, which has seen social media accounts hacked and computers and mobile phones infected with spyware, …

April 18, 2018 • Report

Trump threat puts European role in lethal US drone strikes under new scrutiny

As the Trump administration prepares to further expand the US’s lethal drone program, increasing the risk of civilian casualties and unlawful killings, Amnesty International is calling on four European countries …

December 20, 2016 • Report

As good as dead: The impact of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often used against religious minorities and others who are the target of false accusations, while emboldening vigilantes prepared to threaten or kill the accused, a new Amnesty International report says today.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

October 21, 2013 • Report

“Will I be Next?” US Drone Strikes in Pakistan

"Will I be next?," a new report from Amnesty International, finds that this killing, and several other so-called targeted killings from US drone strikes in Pakistan, violated the right to life and may constitute extrajudicial executions or war crimes.

May 23, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Pakistan 2013

Islamic Republic of Pakistan Head of state Asif Ali Zardari Head of government Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (replaced Yousaf Raza Gillani) The Pakistani Taliban's assassination attempt on a teenage human rights …

December 11, 2012 • Report

‘The Hands of Cruelty:’ Abuses by Armed Forces and Taliban in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

During its bid to recapture territory from the Taliban over the last three years, the Pakistan Armed Forces have arbitrarily detained thousands of men and boys, and the Taliban continue to recklessly kill scores of civilians and conduct suicide bombings in public spaces.

June 20, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Pakistan 2011

Head of state: Asif Ali Zardari Head of government: Yousuf Raza Gilani Death penalty: retentionist Population: 184.8 million Life expectancy: 67.2 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 85/94 per 1,000 Adult literacy: …

March 19, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Pakistan 2010

Head of state Asif Ali Zardari Head of government Yousuf Raza Gilani Death penalty retentionist Population 180.8 million Life expectancy 66.2 years Under-5 mortality (m/f) 85/94 per 1,000 Adult literacy …