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Sasui Lohar

WHRD, Co-founder
Voice of Missing Persons of Sindh

Sasui Lohar is a Pakistani woman human rights defender from Sindh province. She is the co-founder of the Voice of Missing Persons of Sindh, an organization aimed at supporting victims of enforced diappearences and their families to seek justice. Her human rights work is motivated by her own experience as a relative of the disappeared - when her father Hidayat Lohar was forcibly disappeared in 2017. Sasui Lohar continued her campaigns for justice and against violations even after her father’s release in 2019. The women human rights defender has been active since 2014 supporting other victims and families to seek redress and to end the crime of enforced disappearances in Sindh.

Sasui Lohar has faced repeated reprisals including legal persecution, surveillance, threats and harassment linked to her work. On 17 January 2022 a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against Sasui Lohar and her sister Sorath Lohar accusing them of being anti-national and acting against the interest of the state. This case has since been closed due to lack of evidence. The woman human rights defender’s family have also been targeted due to her work. In April 2023, Sasui Lohar’s father was abducted and questioned at an unknown location for several hours about his daughter’s human rights work. On 16 February 2024 the woman human rights defender’s father was killed by unidentified perpetrators as he was traveling to work. Sasui Lohar and her sister Sorath Lohar are engaged in a campaign for justice in his case and believe that his killing is a reprisal against their peaceful human rights work.

Human rights defenders in Pakistan are subjected to a range of attacks and abuses, including extra-judicial killings and violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, brutal sectarian violence, abduction and enforced disappearance, surveillance, threats and judicial harassment. Many HRDs have even had their offices attacked or burnt down and their colleagues killed. There exists a culture of impunity for killings of HRDs and this has emboldened perpetrators and fuelled further violence against them. Behind the veil of national security, the government continues to muzzle those critical of it’s policies and of Islam. In addition to this, HRDs are further threatened and intimidated by various non-state actors such as militants and interest groups.


Defenders investigating human rights violations in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) face a particularly hostile climate, as they are targeted by security agencies, religious groups, militants, and armed gangs. Women HRDs face particular risks due to their gender. Besides threats by security agencies and armed groups, WHRDs can receive threats from their own family members, who exert pressure on them to quit their human rights work, or be threatened with the safety of their children. While the transgender community in Pakistan has made some strides in recent years, attacks on transgender HRDs remain widespread and the violence has been increasing. HRDs working on religious freedom and minority rights are also targeted.