Congressman Sherman Releases Report on Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee, released a report highlighting the problem of enforced disappearances in Pakistan.
The report revealed that the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) estimates that anywhere from 1,250 to more than 18,000 enforced disappearances have occurred in Pakistan since 2009.
Sherman has been a strong advocate for the Sindh region of Pakistan, which has seen many enforced disappearances.
“Pakistan’s government and its security and law enforcement agencies must accept responsibility for the hundreds of forcibly disappeared, killed, and tortured individuals in Sindh and take decisive action to put a stop to these crimes,” said Sherman.
In August of last year, Sherman led a letter to the State Department on the issue. He also raised this issue on the floor of the House in October of last year, and the problem of enforced disappearances was discussed in a February hearing of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee at the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
To view the full report on enforced disappearances in Pakistan click here.