Justice for Slain Human Rights Activist


Target: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain

Goal: Demand a full investigation and ensure that justice is served for slain female human rights activist.

Activist and free speech advocate Sabeen Mahmud was tragically shot dead after heading home from her beloved cafe in Pakistan. A thorough and immediate investigation is necessary to provide justice for Mahmud and her family. It is important to push for a sound investigations since Mahmud almost certainly made enemies in both the police and government in her search for truth.

Mahmud was nicknamed the “Bravest Woman” because of her tenacity and passion. She did not back away from important issues that plagued people in her country, like, women’s entrepreneurship, human rights and the seemingly taboo subject of mass abductions. Mahmud did not shy away, even in the face of authorities.

She often took discussions to the space she co-founded,” The Second Floor Cafe” in Karachi, Pakistan. Here she took part in important conversations spurring activism and change in her community and country. This cafe, belovedly referred to as T2F, was a beacon for those who sought knowledge.

She also utilized the internet as a platform for free speech and expression. “Despite the plurality of opinion, very little space seems to be given to the discussion (on mass abductions) in Pakistani mainstream media or academia; the debate seems to be shut down before it can even begin,” said Mahmud on Facebook.

This killing is a loss for the people of Pakistan and the world. Mahmud was a leader of free thought and speech and a champion of peaceful activism. Killing her was an attempt to extinguish a burning desire for knowledge and truth. Don’t let that flame be destroyed. Sign this petition to ensure that Sabeen Mahmud’s life will be honored through a just investigation.


Dear President Hussain,

The death of Sabeen Mahmud is a terrible tragedy for the country of Pakistan and the world, as a she was a peaceful voice in the call for knowledge and truth. Do not let her death be an unsolved case. Investigate her shooting with not only the force of the authorities, but with backing from the government as well.

Mahmud was killed in a targeted attempt to silence her strong voice. She often encouraged discussions about topics often considered taboo, such as human rights mass disappearances. Even the police showed disdain at her practices. But Mahmud expressed her right to be an individual with her own thoughts and feelings and definitely did not deserve to die.

What happens now will be a marker for your country. Will you stand up and take care of your citizens, or will you allow her death to go uninvestigated, further strengthening the idea that extremists can kill their opponents without fear of prosecution? For the sake of your citizens and the family of Mahmud, I urge you to make certain that a full investigation is made.


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Photo Credit: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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