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Religious freedom under attack in Pakistan: HRW —HR Watch urges govt to do more to protect minorities, women and journalists

NEW YORK, Jan 31 (INP): The Government of Pakistan should ensure the security of the country s religious minorities from judicial injustice and attacks by militants, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015. Violent attacks on religious minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif s government failed to ensure protection for religious freedoms. “Pakistan’s government did little in 2014 to stop the rising toll of killings and repression by extremists groups that target religious minorities,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government is failing at the most basic duty of government – to protect the safety of its citizens and enforce rule of law.” Journalists who cover counterterrorism issues or write critically of the military faced increasing threats, Human Rights Watch said.  Abuses against women and girls – including rape, murder through so-called honor killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage – remained common in 2014, the reported stated.

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