Press Statement:

Posted: October 9, 2021 in News and Views

Sindh Human Rights Defenders Network (SHRDN) condemns the harassment and property damages to a journalist Rauf Chandio.

Rauf Chandio is an independent journalist based in Hyderabad, Sindh. He has contributed to reports in the National and International publications. His reporting is focused on the civic and human rights issues. Recently he has been targeted by the unknown men and his car was set on a fire which causes immense damages to him.

SHRDN believes that Rauf was targeted due to his identity as a journalist. The attack on Rauf Chandio, is emblematic of the violence and impunity for threats, harassment against human rights defenders in the region.

SHRDN condemns the violence against Rauf Chandio which it believes is a direct reprisal for his journalism and human rights work. SHRDN is extremely concerned for his safety and that of other journalists and human rights defenders working in the region.

We urge the provincial authorities to guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders and journalists in Sindh are able to carry out their legitimate human rights and journalistic activities without fear of violence, reprisals and free of all restrictions.

Ali Palh Coordinator

Sindh Human Rights Defenders Network

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