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    New Amnesty reports highlights abuses by Taliban

    by Sunny
    10th June, 2010 at 1:15 pm    

    Millions of Pakistanis in the north-west tribal areas live in a human rights-free zone where they have no legal protection from the government and are subject to abuses by the Taleban, Amnesty International said today (10 June) as it published a major report on the region.

    The 130-page report, ‘As if Hell Fell on Me’: The Human Rights Crisis in Northwest Pakistan, is based on nearly 300 interviews with residents of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and adjacent areas of the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP). The report gives voice to those whose experiences are rarely reported and reveals the abuses faced by the region’s residents.

    Amnesty is urging both the Pakistani government and the Taleban to comply with international humanitarian law by taking all measures to prevent loss of civilian life and buildings including hospitals and schools and allowing unfettered NGO access to provide food, shelter and medical supplies to the injured and displaced.

    Amnesty’s review of available information also suggests that at least 1,300 civilians were killed in the fighting in north-west Pakistan in 2009, from a total of more than 8,500 casualties (including combatants).

    ‘As if Hell Fell on Me’ documents systematic abuses carried out by the Taleban as they have established their rule - killing those (such as tribal elders and government officials) who challenge their authority. Amnesty says they have imposed their rule through torture and other ill-treatment, targeting teachers, aid workers and political activists. The Taleban have also attacked women, and schools and health clinics catering to their needs.

    Wait! I thought they were in league?? I’m getting all confused here, because according to certain defenders of human rights Amnesty was acting LIKE the Taliban. All very confusing isn’t it…. or not.

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    1. Julie Russell

      RT @sunny_hundal: New Amnesty reports highlights abuses by Taliban http://bit.ly/co7JDO >>>New blog post, interesting reading

    2. Roger Thornhill

      “@sunny_hundal: Blog post:: New Amnesty reports highlights abuses by Taliban http://bit.ly/co7JDO” Taliban must've read Che

    3. earwicga

      RT @sunny_hundal: Blog post:: New Amnesty reports highlights abuses by Taliban http://bit.ly/co7JDO

    4. sunny hundal

      Blog post:: New Amnesty reports highlights abuses by Taliban http://bit.ly/co7JDO

    1. Carl — on 10th June, 2010 at 1:21 pm  

      This is an encouraging report. I wonder if there is any word from Gita Saghal

    2. Sunny — on 10th June, 2010 at 1:39 pm  

      She accused them of being like the Taliban in her last article. I can’t wait to see that report where Amnesty are found responsible for executing people.

    3. Random Guy — on 10th June, 2010 at 1:49 pm  

      It is good that this report has come out, especially in highlighting humans rights violations. The one thing I am wondering about is when the reports refers to ‘The Taliban’, do they mean some centrally co-ordinated movement, or are they just referring to the many disparate groups from different tribes that could loosely be defined as ‘Taliban’.

      Its a genuine question - not really occurred to me before.

    4. earwicga — on 10th June, 2010 at 1:54 pm  

      Sunny - you beat me to it!

      RAWA today reports of a seven year old in Helmand being executed for spying: http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2010/06/10/taliban-execute-seven-year-old-afghan-boy-accused-of-spying.html

    5. earwicga — on 10th June, 2010 at 2:00 pm  

      More here with a link to the full report: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18804

    6. Carl — on 10th June, 2010 at 4:11 pm  

      Sunny #2

      I’m not sure we’ll see such a report fortunately. Also if she did say that about Amnesty (that they’re like the Taliban) then she is wrong. Amnesty, in this regard, are way sloppier than the Taliban.

      They made a poster boy of Begg because they fail to see him as anything other than a victim, but he sacrificed his victim status when his cageprisoners group took to courting extremists.

      It’s no accident that Fahad Ansari, a member of the cageprisoners, referred to Anwar al-Awlaki as an ‘inspirational man’ [http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=30493]. This inspirational man happens also to be an avowed jihadist (in the clumsy sense of the word, not, as it is used by some, the war with your self, but the war against the kufr - nonbeliever)[http://www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/FeaturedDocs/nefaawlaki44wayssupportjihad.pdf].

      The Taliban are straight up evil. Amnesty, for “tolerating” the cageprisoners, are dreadfully confused.

    7. douglas clark — on 11th June, 2010 at 1:45 am  

      Carl @ 6,

      The whole point about Amnesty International is to bring ‘bullies’, for want of a better word, to account. Is it not?

      You say:

      The Taliban are straight up evil. Amnesty, for “tolerating” the cageprisoners, are dreadfully confused.

      Why exactly?

      It seems to me that cageprisoners have a campaign that Amnesty International should embrace and welcome. My readings of both cageprisoners and Amnesty International is that they want justice - y’know, due process - for people in Guantanamo and elsewhere. I’d have thought any sane human being would want that.

      What say you?

    8. Sunny — on 11th June, 2010 at 2:06 am  

      are dreadfully confused.

      You know who’s confused? The fucking idiots who go on about how they care for human rights so much while looking the other way on black ops, extraordinary rendition, torture and usage of chemical weapons.

      They’re the ones who piss me off.

    9. douglas clark — on 11th June, 2010 at 2:22 am  

      Sunny @ 8,


    10. Arif — on 11th June, 2010 at 12:22 pm  

      If the Pakistani Government are not going to take responsibility for human rights in FATA, they should call in UN peacekeepers. If they don’t call in UN peacekeepers, the UN Assembly and Security Council should discuss the options.

      In the meantime, civil society should be equipped with cameras to collect the evidence and TV channels should broadcast the evidence so Pakistanis know what is going on and have a chance to put pressure on the Government and the Taliban to clean up their acts.

    11. Carl — on 11th June, 2010 at 5:05 pm  


      If Nick Griffin started set up a charity for disabled soldiers, you’d surely sympathise with the cause but would be dubious of the political capital Griffin was trying to hone in on. Amnesty ought to oppose Guantanamo Bay on the grounds that it is torture camp abusing human rights to the max. But I’d be cautious of the political capital the Cageprisoners are trying to gain, look at the links above.


      I’m sure I don’t know who you’re talking about, not me that’s for sure. Sounds like Alan Dershowitz.

    12. y.l — on 20th June, 2010 at 5:57 pm  

      Taliban wil crish.

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