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In a statement released by Amnesty International South Asia, it condemned the government’s crackdown on public protests in Gwadar and called for an immediate end to the internet shutdown and “imposition of emergency rule” in Gwadar.
Amnesty International South Asia said in a series of tweets, “Such restrictions are neither necessary nor appropriate, disrupting the ability of the people of Gwadar to communicate, access information, access to security and work.”
The statement added that the imposition of Article 144 in Gwadar “should not become a pretext for further human rights violations – especially if it is aimed at preventing people from peacefully protesting.”
Amnesty International expressed concern that both the internet ban and the emergency law act as a springboard for further attacks on basic human liberties, including freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, the right to personal security and freedom from arbitrary detention.
Amnesty International South Asia urged the Balochistan authorities to “immediately restore internet services and lift the ban on public gatherings”.