August 14, 2017

Urgent Action: Pakistani Defender Forcibly Disappeared (Pakistan: UA 192.17)


Human rights defender and Convenor of Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, Punhal Sario, has been forcibly disappeared in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan. This is another example in a string of recent enforced disappearances by the security forces in Sindh. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown. He is at grave risk of torture, ill-treatment, and even death.

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Human rights defender and Convenor of Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, Punhal Sario, has been forcibly disappeared in Sindh Province, southern Pakistan. This is another example in a string of recent enforced disappearances by the security forces in Sindh. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown. He is at grave risk of torture, ill-treatment, and even death.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Pakistani authorities to order an immediate investigation into Punhal Sario’s fate and whereabouts, keeping his family fully informed and updated at all times;
  • Insisting that, if Punhal Sario is in the state’s custody, that he is immediately released, or, if credible evidence of a recognised offence exists, is transferred to an official place of detention charged promptly and remanded by an independent civilian court, in line with international human rights standards;
  • Urging them to ensure that Punhal Sario’s human rights are protected and respected at all time, including – if he is in custody – his right to life and freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, and that he is allowed access to his family, a lawyer of his choice and adequate medical care;
  • Urging them to order an immediate, impartial, independent and efficient investigation into this and all other enforced disappearances, publicly disclose the findings and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Contact these two officials by 25 September, 2017:

President of Pakistan
Honourable Mr Mamnoon Hussain President’s Secretariat
Islamabad, Pakistan
Fax: +92 51 920 8479
Twitter: @Mamnoon_hussain
Salutation: Your Excellency

H.E. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
3517 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 686 1534 I Phone: 1 202 243 6500 Ext. 2000 & 2001
Email: [email protected] OR [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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