Washington, D.C., October 19, 2017: The Sindhi Foundation held a press conference on Wednesday, the 18th of August to discuss the current state of affairs in Sindh Province of Pakistan, especially in regard to enforced disappearances of scores of human rights activists including the well-known leader of the Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, Punhal Sario. Enforced disappearances continue to be a significant problem is the province with over 300 people being disappeared per year. The Sindhi foundation and several other organizations who participated in the conference are dedicated to ensuring that these enforced disappearances cease and all people are able to return home.
Two US Congressmen Mr. Brad Sherman and Mr. Adam Schiff, both members of Congressional Caucus on Sindh sent their statements in which they addressed their concerns about the human rights abuses occurring in Sindh Province.
Washington, D.C – Briefing on human rights situation in Sindh, Pakistan was held in US Congress building under congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and was attended by Congressmen Brad Sherman and Adam Schiff. Issues related to rise of religious extremism, enforced or involuntary disappearances of Sindhi nationalists by Pakistan’s military, intelligence agencies and other agencies, forced conversions to Islam of Hindu women, and Sindh police’s torture policy called “Half Fry – Full Fry” were raised by the speakers.
T. Kumar of Amnesty International, U.S.A, and Hasan Mujtaba; a New York based journalist and human rights defender were keynote speakers in the Congressional Cannon Building attended by Democrat Congressmen Brad Sherman, Adam Schiff and Congresswoman Loretta from California.
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The briefing will include the following speakers:
Hon. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Hon. Congressman Brad Sherman, Hon. Congressman Adam Schiff, Mr. Hasan Mujtaba, Mr. T. Kumar and Mr. Munawar Laghari (Sufi).
Hon. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez:
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District.
As the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Rep. Sanchez is a recognized leader on military and national security issues. She currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, where she works to prepare our Armed Forces for a new generation of security challenges. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, making sure our nation is appropriately prepared for any missile or nuclear attacks.