Siddique Eido

Siddique Eido, lawyer and social activist, and his friend Yousaf Nazar were abducted by men in security forces uniforms on Tuesday, December 21, 2010. They were travelling from Gwadar to Pasni after appearing in court in a criminal case lodged against them. Seven other co-accused and four police officers were travelling with them when their van was stopped by three unlicensed vehicles. The assailants, in Frontier Corps uniforms, abducted Siddique and Yousaf at gunpoint in the presence of the police officers. Their bodies were found several months later, on April 28, 2011, with severe signs of torture.

Siddique was coordinator of the nongovernmental organization Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in the Balochistan province, where he was working on cases of human rights violations. He reported on the disappearances and extra-judicial killings of political workers from the Baloch ethnic minority at the hands of the secret services. Eido had also worked with other journalists to create a network of reporters in the coastal area of Mekran where China has constructed a multimillion-dollar deep-sea project.

Eido had been receiving threatening phone calls from private numbers, which are often used by the secret services. According to HRCP, which held government authorities responsible for his murder, witnesses said the abductors had uniforms and vehicles that gave credence to the belief that they were in fact state agents. Despite the fact that they were abducted in the presence of several policemen, no action to publicly identify or prosecute his abductors and secure his release was taken.

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Date of Killing:21/12/2010

Previous Threats:Yes

Type of Work:Journalist/communicator

Organisation:Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression, Human rights movement

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Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development
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