JIPSIL Vol 1 Issue 3 2005 - A1

Preliminary Remark


Alerted by reports of Pakistani human rights organisations, the International Federation for Human Rights decided to send an international fact-finding mission to Pakistan. Dr Anne-Christine Habbard (France), stayed in Pakistan from 7 to 20 August 2004, and from 18 November to 8 December, 2004. The aim of the mission was to gather all relevant information on the human rights situation in Pakistan, in particular regarding the freedoms of expression, association and assembly. She is the author of this report.  The mission was preceded by a preparatory mission from 7 to 17 October 2003, composed of Sara Guillet, lawyer (France) and Puravalen Muthu Raman, lawyer (Malaysia).


The FIDH would like to thank all the persons who met our delegates and whose testimonies have been precious in elaborating the present report. The author is particularly grateful to Azmat Abbas, Imtiaz Alam, Nida Ali, Naushad Ali, Kamran Arif, Arshed Bhatti, Kamila Hyat, Nusrat Javeed, Tariq Ahmed Khan, Shazia Khan, Khawar Mehdi, Dost Mohammed, I. A. Rehman, Rashid Rahman, Vidya Rana, Ashfaque Rauf, Muhammad Raza. Their help and presence were deeply appreciated.  Special thanks to Isabelle Brachet, who has provided invaluable help in preparing the missions, as well as in proofreading and editing the report

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