The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, Professor David Kaye, has recently urged Pakistan to locate and return home, four disappeared human rights and atheist activists. He has also called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a matter of the highest priority to locate, protect and return home the four men.
The four human rights and social media campaigners are Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Salman Haider and Ahmed Raza Naseer. They went missing between 4th and 7th January. Mainstream media outlets had accused them of promoting blasphemy, which is a criminal offence in Pakistan.
We spoke again to “Martin” (which is not his real name) about this issue. Martin has told us before here on the podcast how he had to flee Pakistan for his life because he and his friends have been outspoken atheists. He is still receiving credible death threats today and he has shown some of those threats to us.
Anyone who saw our last episode with Martin will recall how he and his friends were previously attacked in Pakistan. Whereas Martin managed to escape, one of those four people named by Professor Kaye as having been disappeared, is actually one of Martin’s personal friends … and that’s what we spoke with Martin about in this podcast episode:
The petition that Martin mentioned, can be found here.