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Raza Mahmood Khan

HRD & convener
Aaghaz-e-Dosti (Beginning of Friendship)

Raza Mahmood Khan is a peace activist and Pakistan convener of Aaghaz-e-Dosti (Beginning of Friendship), a voluntary organisation  that promotes peacebuilding between India and Pakistan. He is also a team member of Hum Sab Aik Hai (We Are All One), a voluntary organisation that aims to promote equality betweens citizens of all classes and religions by providing them with a public platform.

Pakistan’s record of impunity has emboldened hostile actors and fostered an increasingly violent climate for HRDs, who face high risks including killing, arbitrary arrest and detention, abduction and kidnapping, surveillance, threats and judicial harassment. The government of Pakistan has made no real effort to support or protect their work and instead regularly votes against UN resolutions aimed at providing better protection for HRDs.