Posted by: becketfund | November 7, 2007

Pakistan: Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief Arrested

This past weekend, Asma Jahangir – UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief and head of the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan – was arrested for unidentified activities allegedly “prejudicial to public safety and maintenance of public order.” Ms. Jahangir is being detained under a sweeping 1960 law that allows for “preventive” arrests without warrants and without charges in the name of state security. In the past 4 days, General Pervez Musharraf ordered the arrest of hundreds of human rights activists, lawyers, and political dissidents in a crackdown on opponents to his continuing military rule.

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