The “White Detainees”: Civilian Victims of Arbitrary Detentions in Pakistan

  • Vasja Badalič
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


This chapter explores the factors that led to unlawful detentions of civilians during military operations against insurgent groups in Pakistan. The first section of the chapter examines two factors that influenced the selection of targets for detention (e.g., vaguely defined grounds for detention, reliance on faulty intelligence). The second section analyzes how the Pakistani authorities failed to establish procedural standards that would meet the requirements of international human rights law (e.g., detainees were denied the right to challenge the lawfulness of detention, they had no access to information about the reasons of detention, no access to legal assistance). The third section shows how the vaguely defined grounds for detention and the inadequate procedural safeguards led to the arbitrary detention of civilians.


Pakistan Arbitrary detention Grounds for detention Procedural safeguards Civilian victims 


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  • Vasja Badalič
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  1. 1.Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of LawLjubljanaSlovenia

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