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(2009-2017): Rising belief among Pakistanis that human rights are obeyed in the country.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2009 (8 years ago) respondents were asked “Overall, in your opinion, to what extent do you feel Human Rights are being obeyed in Pakistan?” Responding to this, 13% said they were obeyed to a great extent, 53%, of the respondents claimed human rights laws were being observed to some extent, whereas, 28% said they were not at all followed in Pakistan. 6% did not know or wish to respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 23% said they were completely obeyed, 42% of the respondents claimed human rights laws were  being observed to some extent, while, 35% said they were not at all followed in Pakistan.

Overall, there has been a 10% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who say that human rights laws are obeyed in Pakistan. It is also worth noting that the proportion of Pakistanis who believed otherwise rose to a high of 50% in 2011.

The findings are available since 2009 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has fluctuated over the years.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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