Amnesty International USA Experts Available for Comment in Advance of New Report on Pakistani Taleban

Jun 08, 2010, 11:47 ET from Amnesty International USA

New Amnesty International report illustrates that millions of Pakistanis in northwest areas have no legal protections by the government and are subject to abuses by the Taleban

WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International will be releasing its new report, 'As if Hell Fell on Me': The Human Rights Crisis in Northwest Pakistan, on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 00:01 GMT.  The 130-page report is based on nearly 300 interviews with residents of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and adjacent areas of the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP).  

The report documents the systematic abuses carried out by the Taleban as they established their rule by killing those who challenge their authority, such as tribal elders and government officials.  Amnesty International urges President Obama to pressure Pakistan to end abuses in this area.  The human rights organization also calls for accountability in drone attacks.

AIUSA experts are available for taped and advance interviews. They include Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA executive director and T. Kumar, AIUSA director of international advocacy, who is an expert on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This report is supplemented by an innovative new website ( that, through interactive maps, offers virtual access to this isolated region. The information presented is based on a geo-coded database of more than 2,300 publicly reported incidents occurring between 2005 and 2009, including suicide attacks, U.S. drone strikes and insurgent attacks against civilians. Christoph Koettl, AIUSA Project Manager, Science for Human Rights, is also available to provide comment and further information regarding this new innovation.

What:  Amnesty International USA experts available for comment in advance of new Amnesty International report on the Pakistani Taleban

Who: Larry Cox, AIUSA executive director

T. Kumar, AIUSA director for international advocacy

Christoph Koettl, AIUSA Project Manager, Science for Human Rights

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