Flashback.

I know I already have the Timeline 2007 page up, but for an appalling reminder of what 2007 was like, here are some facts and figures from the HRCP annual report: State of Human Rights in 2007:

  • In March, 6,000 out of Karachi’s total 29,000 police were guarding the city’s ‘elite’.
  • At least 927 people were killed in 71 suicide blasts.
  • 147 cases of torture and 65 cases of death in police custody were reported.
  • 36 people were killed in 29 landmine explosions across Pakistan.
  • 234 people were killed in police ‘encounters’ in Punjab alone.
  • Prisons housed 95,016 detainees as against an authorized capacity of 40,825.
  • Across Pakistan, 67% of the prisoners were awaiting trial.
  • 134 convicts were executed and 309 awarded death sentence. There were more than 7,000 prisoners on the death row.
  • The number of ‘missing’ persons in lists before the Supreme Court swelled to over 400 before the November 3 judicial purge abruptly ended hearings. Ninety-nine out of 198 missing persons on HRCP’s list before SC had been traced before November 3.
  • 107 members did not say a single word on the floor of the NA during 4th parliamentary year.
  • The National Assembly (NA) passed 51 bills / ordinances in five years, compared to 134 ordinances promulgated by the president.
  • Sectarian violence claimed 580 lives and wounded 1,120 others.
  • 5 Ahmedis were murdered in 2007 while 36 faced prosecution in faith-related cases.
  • At least 7 journalists were killed. Seventy-three were injured, mostly by police.
  • Security forces arrested 250 reporters, for covering anti-government protests or for demonstrating against restrictions on the media.
  • All those who were associated with protesting bodies were brutalised by law enforcement agencies throughout the year. Lawyers, activists, students and members of civil society members were beaten and arrested at various public and private gatherings. The government acknowledged the arrest of more than 5000 people in November alone.
  • HRCP recorded 1,202 killings – of which honour killing crimes were 636 -, 755 cases of sexual harassment – of which 377 victims were raped (166 minors) and 354 victims were gang-raped (92 minors) -, 736 kidnappings, 143 attacks by burning and many other abuses against women.
  • Child healthcare continued to be poor and inadequate resulting in the spread of disease and high mortality rates. Pakistan’s under-5 mortality rate was recorded at 99 out of every 1,000 live births – higher than that of Bangladesh.
  • Children, especially minor girls, continued to be the victims of widespread sexual and physical abuse.
  • At least 258 cases of rape and gang-rape and 138 deaths by killing were reported.
  • There were 2,038 juveniles in jails in Pakistan awaiting trial.
  • Unemployment and financial constraints forced many people to take desperate measures – HRCP recorded 339 suicides and 189 attempted suicides due to these reasons.
  • Child labour was also widespread with reports stating that more than 3.6million children under the age of 14 were working under hazardous and exploitative conditions
  • As many as 70,000 schools in the country were without the basic facilities of water, electricity, lavatories and boundary walls.
  • Reports stated that 2,400 public health centres facilities all over Pakistan were lying non-functional.
  • Displacement of 0.4 million people by floods, tens of thousands of people fleeing troubled Swat in NWFP and inadequate shelter for at least 60,000 families rendered homeless by the October 2005 earthquake contributed to the housing crisis.
  • More than 300,000 people were displaced and more than 2.5 million others affected in the 2007 floods in Sindh and Balochistan.
  • Water and air pollution problems were not tackled and trees continued to be chopped down by the hundreds, especially for development purposes in urban centres. Around 8,000 trees were uprooted in 2007 for the construction of housing schemes, underpasses, etc.
  • Toxic industrial emissions into the air and water created hazardous conditions for people. Vehicles were responsible for 45% of the environmental pollution. Safe drinking water was still unavailable to a majority of the citizens. As much as 99% of industrial effluent and 92% of urban wastewater was discharged untreated into rivers and the sea
  • Natural disasters and armed conflict in various parts of the country displaced over 1.5 million people during 2007.
  • At least 443,000 people were likely to be displaced by new development projects.
3 comments
  1. ERS said:

    Huma, thank you for blogging about this.

    I think the dishonor killing figures (not just in Pakistan, but globally) are on the low side. They reflect bodies found and reported and presumably investigated, not total numbers.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

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