Daily Archives: June 2, 2010

Underground Diplomacy: Canada’s transnational mining industry implicated in abuses

Balochistan, the province in Pakistan bordering Iran and Afghanistan, has been struggling for independence from Pakistan since 1948. The fifth uprising of the Balochistan independence movement was in 2004. More than 8,000 Baloch have been disappeared since then and 26 prominent leaders have been assassinated.

by Sakura Saunders

A water hole built by Barrick Gold near their North Mara Gold mine on behalf of the local communities. PM Harper stirred controversy when he visited Barrick officials during a trip to Tanzania. Barrick’s mines in Tanzania have been widely protested for their mistreatment of workers, their contamination of the environment and for failing to pay taxes and royalties. Photo: Allan Cedillo Lissner

TORONTO — Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani announced the termination of a mining contract for Barrick Gold’s Reko Diq project on January 5, 2010, following a unanimous decision by the Pakistani province’s cabinet. According to the minister, “They [Barrick and Chile’s Antofagasta, co-owners of the mine project] only have an exploration license, which does not cover extraction,” adding his government would not approve an agreement undermining people’s rights.

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June 03: Shaheed Bibarg Zardkoohi

Shaheed Bibarg Zardkoohi

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U.S. urged to intervene: Pakistan military operation in Mekran

by Ahmar Mustikhan

WASHINGTON DC: The American Friends of Balochistan has condemned the Pakistan military offensive against the hapless people of Mekran and urged the U.S. authorities to intervene in the matter.

In a letter sent to U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Her Excellency Anne W. Patterson, the A.F.B. regretted that U.S. gunship helicopters were being used against the people of Balochistan.
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Pakistani Army is committing gross Human Rights violations in Makaran

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BHRC (Canada) calls upon the international community to intervene immediately.

Toronto, June 1, 2010 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) expressed its deepest concerns over the new wave of gross human rights violations committed by the Pakistani army soldiers in the Makaran region of Balochistan. BHRC has learnt through local sources and press statements of Baloch National Movement (BNM) central leadership that within the last couple of days there has been a significant movement of Pakistani troops in the area of district Gwadar and Dasht. A heavy contingent of military including 80 trucks carrying soldiers, 40 armoured vehicles, artillery, 8 gunship helicopters, and 20 water supplying tankers are reportedly part of the first wave of troop deployment in the region. There is news of more troops on the way to join the military operation.

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مکران آپریشن میں شدت،آرمی کی بمبارمنٹ اور پانی کے چشموں‌پر قبضہ

کیچ اور گوادر کے نواحی علاقوں میں فورسز کا آپریشن، پہاڑی علاقوں‌میں‌فجر کے وقت ببمارمنٹ، فورسز نے پہاڑی سلسلے کا مکمل محاصرہ کیا ہواہےاور آپریشن کے دوران پانی کے قدرتی چشموں‌پر پہرہ لگادیا ہے اور مقامی لوگوں کو پانی لیجانے نہیں دیا جارہا ہے۔ واضح رہے کہ دشت کے ان پہاڑی علاقوں‌میں گزشتہ دو دن سے فورسز کا آپریشن جاری ہے

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