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HRW urges Zardari not to sign Human Rights Commission bill
. DAWN, Karachi
The Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged the President of Pakistan not to sign a bill to authorize a newly formed national human rights commission until it is revised to "authorize investigations of the military and the intelligence agencies for human rights violations."
"The National Human Rights Commission if given teeth can play a critical role in improving Pakistan's dire human rights situation. President Zardari should tell parliament he will only sign the bill when it gives the commission authority over abuses by the military and intelligence agencies," said Brad Adams, Asia director at the international human rights' watchdog, in a press release issued today.
Pakistan's National Assembly had passed a bill - the National Human Rights Commission Act - on May 4 for the commission's formation, but the act requires the president's approval before it goes into effect.
The Human Rights Watch has expressed concerns that the bill would prevent the commission from addressing or investigating "human rights violations by members of the armed forces and intelligence agencies."
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