International day against torture and Baloch

The United Nations General Assembly selected June 26 to honor June 26, 1987, the day the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect. The convention was created to reaffirm that the equal and inalienable rights of the human family are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

Torture is one of the most profound human rights abuses, taking a terrible toll on millions of individuals and their families. Rape, blows to the soles of the feet, suffocation in water, burns, electric shocks, sleep deprivation, shaking and beating are commonly used by torturers to break down an individual’s personality. As terrible as the physical wounds are, the psychological and emotional scars are usually the most devastating and the most difficult to repair. Many torture survivors suffer recurring nightmares and flashbacks. They withdraw from family, school and work and feel a loss of trust.

Each of the ways of torture mentioned above have been faced by the Baloch people by Pakistan and Iran, resulting in disabilities of the people released from the Torture cells. According to the recently released Shahzeb Baloch, Organizer Shall Zone, there are more than 500 hundreds Baloch prisoners only in the Quli Camp where he was kept, who are still facing inhumane conditions. It should be kept in view that Baloch political prisoners are not even shown up to any of the courts and they are abducted rather than being arrested. More than 142 Baloch women are being treated as sex slaves in the Pakistani torture cells, mainly in the Malir Cantonment located in Karachi, and all together the number crosses the figure on 1700 Balochs who have been illegally kept in the Army torture cells of Pakistan.

The torture cases which are reported show the barbarism of the Pakistan Army. And this can be easily realized by the Human rights Advocates of the World by knowing Asad Marri who has been completely disabled and cannot even speak properly now, by knowing  Munir Mengal who wished to raise the voice of Balochs through a Baloch T.V. channel and had to face years of torture where he thought that he won’t be able to survive, by knowing Zarinna Marri who was a teacher in Kohlu and wanted the children of Kohlu to have a better future but was turned in a sex slave in the torture cells for having such a wish, by knowing Farid Baloch who had a will to become a Computer Engineer but is still facing the torture and has already turned mentally insane due to severe torture, as a Baloch who wants Independence has no right to become an Engineer, that what kind of tortures are being faced the Baloch people in army torture cells. People facing torture are men and women of all ages, from 2 years child Murad Jaan to 92 years old housewife.  This should also be taken in consideration that 100s of members of B.S.O. (Azad) are in the torture cells of Pakistan secret Agencies including Senior Vice Chairman Zakir Majeed and other central and regional authorities.

Today a strike was observed throughout Balochistan, and protests and rallys were joined by Baloch women, men and children asking to release their loved ones, who are facing barbarism of the State sponsored torture cells, which are meant to tell the people that if you raise your voice for Justice then this is what you will have to face.

United Nations which promises equality for all the Nations have felt reluctant in taking steps against the Pakistan army in this respect, the answer of “WHY” is still unknown. On this Day, B.S.O.(Azad) appeals the human rights activists around the world to come forward for humanity and support the Baloch people in the fight of their rights, the right to live, the right to be free.

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