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British Lawyer Amal Clooney’s Firm Moves UN Against Mir Shakilur Rahman’s Arrest

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British Barrister Amal Clooney’s law firm Doughty Street Chambers has filed a complaint at the United Nations (UN) against the ‘politically-motivated and arbitrary arrest’ of Jang Geo Media Group Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Geo News reported that Doughty Street Chambers is known for its work on international human rights issues. The law firm announced on Monday that an urgent appeal has been lodged on Mir Shakil’s behalf with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and a second appeal made to the UN Special Rapporteur on Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

The law firm confirmed that these urgent appeals call on the UN experts to act and ensure that Pakistan government comply with their obligations under the international law and that Mir Shakil be released immediately.

“Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman was arrested on March 12 by NAB in Pakistan in a case concerning a property transaction that dates back 34 years to 1986. He has been imprisoned since, in unsafe and unhygienic conditions and without meaningful and regular access to his lawyers. Jang Media Group owns Geo TV as well as some of Pakistan’s largest newspapers,” said the law firm.

Amal Clooney is known for being a vocal voice on the conditions in Gaza and the civilian casualties in the region. She was earlier hired by the Maldives to represent it at the UN’s highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims.


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