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UN Human Rights Council: Pakistan

In December 2012 Pakistan mob burned man accused of desecrating Koran alive. Villagers beat the man then handed him over to police. A few hours later, a crowd of around 200 stormed the police station, dragged the man out and set him on fire.

Mission of the Human Rights Council:
"The General Assembly...2. Decides that the Council shall be responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner; 3. Decides also that the Council should address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations, and make recommendations thereon..." (Resolution 60/251)

Pakistan's Term of office: January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2015

Pakistan's Record on human rights:
"The most serious human rights problems were extrajudicial killings, torture, and disappearances committed by security forces, as well as by militant, terrorist, and extremist groups, which affected thousands of citizens in nearly all areas of the country. Two prominent political figures, Punjab governor Salman Taseer and federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti, were assassinated due to their support for revisions of the blasphemy law and for Aasia Bibi, a Christian who had been sentenced to death under the law...Human rights organizations reported that methods of torture included beating with batons and whips, burning with cigarettes, whipping the soles of feet, prolonged isolation, electric shock, denial of food or sleep, hanging upside down, and forced spreading of the legs with bar fetters... threats, harassment, violence, and killings led journalists and editors to practice self-censorship...The government impeded criticism by monitoring political activity...Blasphemy laws restricted individuals' right to free speech concerning matters of religion and religious doctrine...Although rape was frequent, prosecutions were rare. Spousal rape is not a crime under the current penal code... Prosecutions of reported rapes were rare...Extra judicial resolutions to rape accusations were common, with a victim often forced to marry her attacker...Rape by police officials also was a problem. No specific law prohibits domestic violence, which was a widespread and serious problem. Husbands reportedly beat and occasionally killed their wives. Other forms of domestic violence included torture, physical disfigurement, and shaving the eyebrows and hair off women's heads...Women who tried to report abuse faced serious challenges...Women were victims of various types of societal violence and abuse, including honor killings; facial, bodily, and genital mutilation; forced marriages; imposed isolation; and being used to settle disputes...The practice of cutting off a woman's nose or ears, especially in relation to honor crimes, was reported...The practice of buying and selling brides also continued in rural areas...Child abuse was widespread. Young girls and boys used as domestic servants were abused, beaten, and made to work long hours by employers...Anti-Semitic sentiments were widespread in the vernacular press...Consensual same-sex sexual conduct is a criminal offense..." (State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2011, Pakistan)

In October 2012, Malala Yousufza, a 14-year-old girl who was awarded Pakistan's first National Peace Prize for her online diary reporting on the Taliban's ban on education, was shot and wounded on her way home from school. /victims/voices/?p=2247