Amnesty International has reported that Pakistan has recently deported former Kabul University Professor
Mohammad Rahim Elham in violation of an agreement between Pakistani government and the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees for joint assessment of Afghan refugee claims prior to deportation. Elham's
whereabouts are currently unknown, and human rights activists are alarmed. He was turned over to the Taliban on
June 21. Other Afghan intellectuals currently living in Pakistan are fearful for their safety. Amnesty International
reports that the Taliban has tortured dozens of intellectuals who have openly advocated ending Afghanistan's
internal "holy war" and establishing a new government that represents and addresses the concerns of all ethnic
Media Resources: Amnesty International - June 30 2000
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .