UN urges Pakistan to incorporate into its legislation a specific definition of torture to be applied without exception
A UN committee has condemned the widespread practise of torture in Pakistan by police, the military and intelligence agencies in a report published under Friday, and called on Islamabad to implement urgent reforms to the law.
The police be involved in the widespread practise of being subjected to torture throughout the territory … with a view to obtaining confessions from people in custody, the UN Committee against Torture wrote in its first report on the situation in the country, made public after months of investigation.
The Committee is seriously concerned at reports that members of the State partys military forces; intelligence armies … and paramilitary forces … have been implicated in a significant number of cases of extra-judicial executions involving torturing and enforced disappearances.
It recommended Pakistan to incorporate into its legislation a specific definition of torture that can be applied without exception, including to the army, which is regularly accused of committing abusing its powers.
The UN highlighted that the Torture, Custodial Death and Custodial Rape Bill, presented several years ago, should still be put to a vote.
Pakistan, which ratified the Convention against Torture in 2010, presented its first report on the situation in the country this year four years late.
In its findings, the UN referred to the torturing of several Pakistani bloggers who had criticised extremism and the authorities, to move to weeks in arbitrary detention.
The committee told Pakistan had failed to launch an investigation into any of these cases, or into the numbers vanished or killed in detention.
The National Commission of Human Rights, an organisation linked to Pakistans parliament, welcomed the report, mentioning the publication were gonna help start a dialogue about torture in the country.
A complete ban on torture is an unequivocal prerequisite to effectively fight terrorism, it added.