Pakistan sets up helpline for victims of human rights violations

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Members of civil society and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan hold placards during a protest in Islamabad May 29, 2014 against the killing of Farzana Iqbal, 25, a pregnant woman, who was stoned and beaten to death by her family in front of one of the country's top courts. REUTERS

ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) – The Ministry of Human Rights of Pakistan on Monday established a helpline for the victims of human rights violations in the country, local media reported.

According to a statement released by the ministry, the helpline number 1099 will be accessible for 24 hours in a week to report cases of human rights violation and the victims can get free of cost legal advice.

The helpline aims to discourage any kind of human rights violation in the country, the statement said.

The ministry also encouraged the general public to contact on the helpline number any time and report any form of human rights violation in their surroundings to serve the humanity.

According to the latest available data of National Police Bureau (NPB), as many as 129,534 cases of human rights violations were reported across the country during the last five years.

The nature of these cases included murder, honour killing, kidnapping, sexual assault, acid attack, violence against women and children and other forms of violations, according to the NPB statistics.

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