GENEVA, 25 February 2020 – Since the attacks of September 11 2001, the Pakistan government has been carrying out brutal policies against the Pashtuns under the name of the global fight against terrorism. These practices include torture, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and hostage-taking. Moreover, the Pakistani Army has used disproportionate force, killing and bombing villages where the majority are residents are Pashtuns. The Prime Minister of Pakistan is also known to have close ties with the military and since is elections, several journalists and activists have been targeted, silenced and detained due to criticising the army. To highlight this, billboards are displayed across Geneva informing about an exposition on “Stop Human rights Abuse of Pashtuns by Pakistan Army”.
On 27th January 2020, the human rights activist Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) a non-violent mobilisation to fight for the rights of Pashtuns in FATA, was arrested overnight and tried for sedition, criminal conspiracy, attacking Pakistan’s sovereignty, and promoting ethnic hatred by the Pakistani government.
This exposition will be held to urge the UN to take action to stop the human rights abuse of innocent Pashtuns. It will showcase the plight of those who are being detained and tortured to death in custody and subjected to enforced disappearances as well as the young women and girls who are facing rape and sexual harassment at the hands of Pakistan army.