PAKISTAN: An 18-year-old Shia has been missing since November 2015

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ISSUES: Enforced disappearance, torture, illegal detention, justice system, governance, no rule of law 

International Human Rights Council-Hong Kong
Urgent Action Case – 005 -2018
Date: 17 May 2018

Dear Friends,

The International Human Rights Council-HK (IHRC-HK) has received information on the enforced Disappearance of 18-year-old, Ali Haider Rizvi, son of Alamdar Rizvi, by officers of an intelligence agency on 1st November 2015 from his home. To-date his whereabouts remain unknown.

He is in at serious risk of torture or becoming a victim of an extra judicial killing as such practices by the intelligence agencies are common practice at internment centers. 

Case Details 

According to the details received by the IHRC-HK, Haider Rizvi, son of Alamdar Rizvi, a resident of the Lines Area in Karachi, was picked up from his home by officials of an intelligence agency in 2015. Despite a lapse of two and a half years and incessant, but futile efforts of the family to locate Haider, to-date he remains missing.

The family was also threatened into silence when they filed a petition of Habeas Corpus in the Sindh High Court. The intelligence agencies of the Pakistan Military forced his family to withdraw the petition, threatening them that the male members of the family will face the same fate as that of Haider. This is, in itself, a de facto admission of guilt. Scared for Haider’s life and the members of their family, they withdrew the application.

The aggrieved mother of the victim is inconsolable and is unable to endure separation from her young son.

In 2017 the Inquiry Commission on Enforced Disappearances (ICED) claimed that 728 more Pakistanis were added to the list of missing persons in 2017. Most of the missing are Shia Muslims. This is the highest number in at least six years, taking the total to 1,219 officially. (The actual number is 3491 hence, 1009 out of the total figure are claimed as Shias).

Under Criminal law it is illegal to detain a person for more than 48 hours without notifying the relevant courts, while the constitution provides safeguards against illegal confinement as per the Pakistani law and the Constitution. Given the clear and unambiguous provisions against the act, how can hundreds of men be allowed to be picked up at the hands of law enforcement officers.

Pakistan is not a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) and the government does not appear to be in a hurry to ratify the convention any time soon. During the third round of the UPR, Pakistan did not accept several recommendations to ratify the International Convention on Disappearances. The international community of nations lamented the fact that no one has ever been held accountable for an enforced disappearance in the country.

The Pakistani government should affirm its commitment to end enforced disappearances by ratifying the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The anguish of the aggrieved families cannot be described in words. For them, time stops and they experience endless pain as they await the safe arrival of their loved one. Enforced disappearance is a blatant and flagrant denial of the right to life and fair trial by the state.

If the missing persons are found to be involved in criminal activity they must be prosecuted for their alleged crimes rather than being picked up and held in illegal, incommunicado confinement.

While the issue of Enforced Disappearance exposes the crimes of the law enforcement agencies it also blows the cover off of the state of judicial system in the country which is marred by corruption, inefficiency and the ineptitude of the judicial officers. The law enforcement officials claim that the low conviction rates are to be blamed for the rise in terrorism in the country and think that Enforced Disappearances are a deterrent.

Sadly, the judicial officers of highest cadre are in denial of the involvement of the law enforcement agencies role in the heinous crime. Justice Iqbal, the Chairman of the ICED, while speaking to the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights claimed that foreign secret agencies were behind the forceful disappearance in a bid to defame Pakistani agencies, including the Military Intelligence (MI) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Required Action

Please write the letters to the following authorities through sending emails by clicking blue button or fax it. Please urge them to immediately safely recover Haider Ali Rizvi. The government must bring the abductors before the court and prosecute them on the crime of disappearing the citizen of Pakistan. Please also urge the government to stop the enforced disappearance which has resulted in disappearance of more than 16000 persons in Pakistan.

The IHRC-HK shall write a separate letter to WGEID over the matter.

PAKISTAN: An 18-year-old Shia is missing since November 2015 after arrest by intelligence agencies

Name of the victim:
Haider Rizvi son of Alamdar Rizvi resident of Lines Area in Karachi

Perpetrators:

Intelligence agencies stationed at Karachi, Sindh

Suggested Letter:

I have been informed that Haider Rizvi, son of Alamdar Rizvi, a resident of the Lines Area in Karachi, was picked up from his home by officials of the intelligence agency in 2015. Despite a lapse of two and a half years and incessant, but futile efforts of the family to locate Haider, to-date he remains missing.

It is unacceptable by any standards, local or international, that the family was also threatened into silence when they filed a petition of Habeas Corpus in the Sindh High Court. The intelligence agencies of Pakistan Military forced his family to withdraw the petition, threatening them that the male members of the family will face the same fate as that of Haider. This is, in itself, a de facto admission of guilt. Scared for Haider’s life and the members of their family, they withdrew the application.

It is tragic that the aggrieved mother of the victim is inconsolable and is unable to endure separation from her young son.

According to the available information, in 2017 the Inquiry Commission on Enforced Disappearances (ICED) claimed that 728 more Pakistanis were added to the list of missing persons in 2017. Most of the missing are Shia Muslims. This is the highest number in at least six years, taking the total to 1,219 officially. (The actual number is 3491 hence, 1009 out of the total figure are claimed as Shias).

Apparently, the law agencies of the country are unware that under criminal law it is illegal to detain a person for more than 48 hours without notifying the relevant courts, while the constitution provides safeguards against illegal confinement as per the Pakistani law and the Constitution. Given the clear and unambiguous provisions against the act, how can hundreds of men be allowed to be picked up at the hands of law enforcement officers.

It is totally unacceptable that Justice Iqbal, the Chairman of the ICED, while speaking to the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights claimed that foreign secret agencies were behind the forceful disappearance in a bid to defame Pakistani agencies, including the Military Intelligence (MI) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). This is nothing less than an attempt to exonerate the security forces for this heinous crime.

If Haider is found to be involved in criminal activity he must be prosecuted for his alleged crimes rather than being picked up and held in illegal, incommunicado confinement.

I urge you to ensure that 18-year-old Haider Rizvi is released so as to be reunited with his family as quickly as possible. The officers and relevant agency responsible for his arrest and illegal detention must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I look forward to your urgent action in this matter.

PLEASE SEND THE LATTERS TO:

1. Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Prime Minister House
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 922 1596
Tel: +92 51 920 6111,
E-mail: secretary@cabinet.gov.pk, pspm@pmsectt.gov.pk

2. Mr. Murad Ali Shah
Chief Minister of Sindh
The Government of Sindh Province
Karachi, Sindh Province
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 21 920 2000
Email: pressecy@cmsindh.gov.pk

3. Federal Minister of Interior Affairs
Ministry of Interior of Pakistan
R Block, Pak Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92 51 9212026
Fax: +92 51 9202624
Email: interior.complaintcell@gmail.com, ministry.interior@gmail.com

4. Minister For Human Rights
Through Secretary, Ministry of Human Right
ministry of human rights
State Life Building No. 5, Blue Area, Jinnah Avenue, China Chowk,
Islamabad
Tel: 051-9216620,
Fax: 051-9216621,
Email: secretary@mohr.gov.pk

5. Mr. Tahir Shahbaz
Registrar
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

6. Chief Justice of Sindh High Court
High Court Building
Saddar, Karachi
Sindh Province
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 21 9213220

7. Mr. Anwar Sial
Home Minister,
Government of Sindh
Barrack 79, Pakistan Secretariat
Near MPA hostel
Karachi, Sindh Province
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 21 9204456
Tel: +92 21 9201920-1
E-mail: secy.home@sindh.gov.pk

8. Justice Majida Rizvi
Regional Directorate of Human Rights,
Block no. 5, Sindh Secretariat No.4-A, Frere Road, Karachi.
Ph: 92-21-99205835
Fax: 92-21-99205837
Email: justicerazvi@hotmail.com

9. Ms. Anis Haroon
Member, National Commission for Human Rights, Government of Pakistan
State Life Building No. 3, Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Phone No. +92 21 99201638
Fax: +92 21 99201641
Email: anisharoon4@gmail.com

 

Thank you.

 



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