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Activist faces forcible return to Pakistan

AI-Index: MDE 11/1780/2020

On 6 February 2020, security officers arrested Geelaman Pashteen, a Pashtun human rights activist and supporter of Pakistan’s Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), based on an Interpol Red Notice requesting his extradition to Pakistan. His forcible return to Pakistan would violate international law as he would be at risk of torture and enforced disappearance.

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Hazrat Naeem Abdul Qayum, aged 24, known by the name of Geelaman Pashteen has been peacefully using his Twitter account calling for equality and justice for human rights violations against the Pashtun community, and  for the release of Manzoor Pashteen, a leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM - Movement for the Protection of Pashtuns), who was arrested and detained on 27 January 2020 under draconian colonial-era laws, including for «sedition», for a speech he gave criticizing the Pakistan military.

The PTM is a movement that says it uses non-violent means to campaign against extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations suffered by Pakistan’s Pashtun ethnic minority. In the past, senior government officials – including Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa – have said they recognize and sympathize with the PTM’s grievances.

Despite these statements, the Pakistani authorities have intensified their crackdown against the group. Dozens of its supporters have been arrested, arbitrarily detained, subject to surveillance and intimidation, and violence. Across the country, their rallies have been banned or disrupted, denying them the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

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