Geneva, March 23: These banners on the shores of Lake Geneva were displayed to make the people aware about ongoing genocide in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province. Organized by the Baloch Diaspora on the sidelines of 25th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, it highlighted issues like economic exploitation, Talibanization, enforced disappearances and killings of Baloch political leaders and intellectuals. The recent discovery of mass graves and an ongoing army operation in Balochistan were also highlighted. On March 10, the issue of gross human rights violations in Balochistan was also raised during a side event at the United Nations titled “Human Rights and Security Perspectives for Balochistan and Pakistan Post-2014”.
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ISLAMABAD: Mama Qadeer Baloch, who carried out the 2,800 kilometre long march from Quetta to Islamabad for the recovery of Baloch missing persons, has said that they have contacted the United Nations after being disappointed by the government and the judiciary.
They have consulted officials of the world body in Islamabad and have been assured that the United Nations will soon take up the issue of missing persons with the Government of Pakistan. Mama Qadeer expressed these views in the Geo News programme ‘Capital Talk’, while talking to the host of the show Hamid Mir on Wednesday.
Karachi, Dec 30 : Hoping to get justice, these family members of missing persons in Balochistan are walking on foot to wake up the world about atrocities being committed by Pakistan. Initiated by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons on October 27, 2013, they will travel over 1,374 miles from Quetta to Islamabad for the safe recovery of thousands of abducted Baloch from the custody of Pakistani military and secret agencies.
“I know the walk to Punjab is unsafe. There are no pockets of Baloch inhabitants who will open their houses to us or share their food. But if I come back dead from Punjab, I will think the purpose of my life has been fulfilled,” said Qadeer, who heads the Voice of Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), a group fighting for the rights of the missing Baloch youth.
In early 2012, brothers Noordin and Bhawal Mengal decided to make a film about the ongoing human rights crisis in Balochistan, a large province in south-western Pakistan. The producers commissioned a British filmmaker, David Whitney, to make the film with their help.
After a lengthy development phase, shooting began on the “The Line of Freedom” in September 2012. The cast and crew braved high temperatures in the desert and mountains to shoot this short film at an undisclosed location.
126 extrajudicial killings, 400 disappearances in Balochistan
Counting up to August 2013, as many as 126 extrajudicial deaths and over 400 disappearances have taken place in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Violent killings and disappearance after arrest by authorities continues without relent. Most bodies, of those murdered extra judicially, have been found in the Balochi speaking districts of the province, particularly Quetta, Khuzdar, Kalat, and Mekran.
Brahamdagh Bugti, President of Baloch Republicain Party
Press Conference in Geneva Press Club
London: 28th July, 2013- In an attempt to bring to light various issues the Baloch are facing in their socio-political circumstances, Baloch Students and Youth Association (UK) (BSYA) convened a major conference entitled, ‘’The Baloch National Struggle: Past, Present and Future’’, that took place at Birkbeck University of London on 28th July, 2013. An esteemed panel of Baloch intellectuals and writers were invited to share their insights and expertise on the conference subject to help the Baloch leaders, socio-political activists and the various sections of the Baloch national struggle accurately assess the circumstances and challenges faced by the Baloch, in order to devise feasible strategies to organize themselves and achieve the objectives of their struggle.
Europe, July 01: The destruction of Ziarat Residency, the last resting place for Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, by the Balochistan Liberation Army or BLA on June 15 is a clear reflection of the fact that anti-Pakistan sentiments are growing among the Baloch. The BLA even managed to remove the national flag at the Ziarat Residency and replace it with their own ensign.