In a yearly assessment, the US expressed grave worries about human rights abuses in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, there have been instances of arbitrary murders, imprisonment, and forced disappearances at the hands of government forces, according to the State Department’s 2022 Country Report on Human Rights Practices.
Authorities rarely looked into or punished government officials for alleged violations of human rights or corruption, according to the report, and abuses, including corruption and misconduct, frequently went unpunished.
198 nations and regions are covered by the study.
“Physical violence, inhumane treatment, and illegal invasion of people’s privacy were reported in Pakistan in 2022,” according to the State Department’s evaluation.
The topic also touched on Pakistan’s restrictions on media and free speech, as well as the torturing of journalists.
The report stated, “The law provides for freedom of expression, including for members of the press, but constitutional restrictions exist,” and added that threats, harassment, kidnappings, violence, and killings forced reporters and editors to practice self-censorship and adhere to government-issued editorial guidelines.
Journalists experienced high levels of violence from both state and non-state actors, including political parties, according to the section on freedom of expression violations: “The government’s failure to investigate and prosecute attacks on human rights defenders and peaceful protesters led to de facto restrictions on freedom of assembly and association.”
According to the study, police are primarily responsible for internal security in the majority of the nation, and municipal police are governed by province administrations.
The study also highlights numerous instances of prejudice against women, children, and laborers in Pakistan.