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Usama Malik

HRD, junior associate
AGHS Legal Aid Cell

Usama Malik is a junior associate of human rights defender Asma Jahangir, working with the AGHS Legal Aid Cell.

Pakistan is one of the most challenging countries in the region for human rights defenders, who face high risks including killing, arbitrary arrest and detention, abduction and kidnapping, surveillance, threats and judicial harassment. Many HRDs have had their offices attacked or burnt down and their colleagues killed.

In Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), security agencies, religious groups, militants, and armed gangs all target HRDs.