05/21/2020

Urgent Action Update: No Sign of Disappeared Human Rights Defender (Pakistan: UA 159.19)


The whereabouts of Muhammad Idris Khattak, a Pakistani father, human rights defender and independent researcher, remain unknown since he was forcibly disappeared on 13 November 2019. A diabetes patient requiring daily medication, the health of Khattak is at even greater risk during the COVID-19 outbreak as the conditions of his detention remain unknown. With no information about his fate for six months, his daughters fear that Khattak is at real risk of torture or ill-treatment

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Prime Minister Imran Khan
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Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan
Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
3517 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Your Excellency,

I write to you out of extreme concern for the life and safety of Muhammad Idris Khattak, a 56-year-old human rights defender and a former consultant with Amnesty International, who is believed to have been forcibly disappeared more than 6 months ago by men in plain clothes on 13 November 2019.

Mr. Khattak is a human rights defender and independent researcher, who has documented human rights violations faced by people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

It is distressing that there is no way to know if Mr. Khattak, a diabetes patient who requires daily medication, is being protected from the COVID-19 outbreak. His daughters, Shumaisa and Talia, are terrified that the worst has happened to their father.

Few punishments are as cruel as enforced disappearances, and not knowing the fate and whereabouts of their loved one is a source of immense pain and anguish for Mr. Khattak’s family. Enforced disappearances have long been a stain on Pakistan’s human rights record. As of 30 June 2019, Pakistan government’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance has 2,141 unresolved cases.

I call upon your government to immediately disclose the whereabouts of Idris Khattak to his family, and either immediately release him or ensure that he is brought promptly before a judge in a civilian court to rule on the lawfulness of his arrest or detention.

Yours sincerely,

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