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Immediate Call to Assist Prof. Ismail


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/11/14

The Father of Gulalai Ismail, famed Co-Founder of Aware Girls and International Human Rights Activist, who is a human rights advocate for decades in Pakistan, himself, has been met with imprisonment.

Gulalai Ismail escaped to New York in the United States of America. Where Gulalai brought attention to the human rights violations of women and girls, this became too much pressure, in some ways, for the police.

After an escape, a successful fleeing, to the United States, Gulalai and other siblings feared for the parents staying in Pakistan, as to what the police and military might do to the family’s parents.

In late October/early November, a problem emerged with the charge of “hate speech” and “cyber terrorism” against Prof. Muhammad Ismail — the father of the family with a robust human rights record in Pakistan.

On November 4, 10 days ago, Prof. Ismail was denied bail and will be facing upward of seven years in prison based on the scale of the charges. He has been an outspoken critic of the armed forces of Pakistan and the treatment of his daughter.

Some see these charges as likely trumped-up charges based on the anti-terror laws of Pakistan. Now, the Ismail family has faced intimidation, surveillance, and threats since, at least, May 2019.

Their home has been raised several times and the right to freedom of expression, as used, led to the detainment. The immediate demand is for the unconditional release of Prof. Ismail.

Please find the link to Amnesty International here, where there are some of the relevant documents and further information:

Feel free to email Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.Com for guidance on assistance.


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