Pakistan on UK rights watch-list

Published March 26, 2008

LONDON, March 25: Britain for the first time included Pakistan on a list of countries of concern over human rights on Tuesday, saying there had been “very little progress” towards pledged improvements.

Pakistan featured on a list of 21 “major countries of concern” like China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe in the Foreign Office’s Human Rights Annual Report 2007.

The report says the list “is not a league table of countries we consider the worst offenders” but adds it “focuses on countries where human rights issues cause us the greatest concern, or where we devote a great deal of attention”.—AFP

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