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Detention of children and women under FCR

Tuesday 5th of July 2005 | National, Pakistan
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SPARC, an organization working for the promotion and protection of child rights in Pakistan, is concerned over the illegal detention of the 15 children and women, of an alleged criminal’s family under the collective responsibility clause Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). Children as young as two to ten years have been convicted by name and are under detention, which is sad.

July 05, 2005

Commander ® Khalil ur Rehman
H.E. The Governor
The Governor’s House
Peshawar

Detention of children and women under FCR

Sir:

SPARC, an organization working for the promotion and protection of child rights in Pakistan, is concerned over the illegal detention of the 15 children and women, of an alleged criminal’s family under the collective responsibility clause Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). Children as young as two to ten years have been convicted by name and are under detention, which is sad.

The women and children include Hukam Jana wife of Qadir Khan with her six children five of them convicted by name including Mohammad Siddique, 09 years, Khalil Mohammad 03 years, Razmeena 02 years, Wazir Azam 06 years and Islam Bibi 07 years, all of them convicted for three years. One year old Khair Mohammad is also with his mother. Khair Bibi wife of Arsal Khan is also there with her five children four of whom are convicted by name for three years including Wasil Khan 10 years, Commissioner Khan 06 years, Shawal Bibi 05 years and Eman Bibi 07 years. A suckling baby Amrozia is also with her mother. Tika Bibi wife of Laees Khan is also there with her suckling baby Momina. There mother in law 70 years old Sanamullah Bibi wife of Yaar Mohammad Khan is also detained in the Central Jail Bannu with her children.

The detention of these women and children is against all norms of humanity and civilized society, and all national and international laws including the constitution of Pakistan.

Different agencies responsible for law and order have failed to perform their duties and have now started targeting innocent civilians to bargain with the outlaws. What is the difference between an outlaw kidnapping innocent people for ransom and the governmental agencies kidnapping and detaining innocent women and children for their release?

We at SPARC are concerned with this act of the administration and the misuse of FCR and urge you to immediately get these innocent women and children released without any further unnecessary delay. You are also requested to change the notorious sections of the FCR paving way for the illegal arrests of the innocent people.

We thank you in anticipation and look forward to a prompt action from your office in this regard.

Very truly yours,

Arshad Mahmood
Deputy National Coordinator

CC: The Principal Secretary,
The President of Pakistan, Islamabad
The Chief Secretary GoNWFP
The Secretary Home GoNWFP
The Political Agent North Waziristan Agency
National Coordinator SPARC Islamabad


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