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June 02, 2023

Rep. Adam Schiff Statement on Protection of Democratic Norms and Human Rights in Pakistan

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) released the following statement over the erosion of democratic norms and institutions in Pakistan:

"I am deeply concerned by the erosion of democratic norms and institutions in Pakistan – including the cracking down on free speech and assembly, and freedom of the press, potentially unwarranted detentions, election uncertainty, and human rights violations. Pakistan’s parliament and courts must work to uphold the rule of law, and safeguard the rights of all citizens to express their views and assert their demands in a peaceful manner without fear of harassment, intimidation, or arbitrary detention. I urge the United States Department of State and President Biden to continue to push the Pakistani government both publicly and privately to reinstate these democratic norms, and I will continue to stand up for democracy both at home and abroad.”