Date & time: Sunday 7 November 2010 , 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: BBC World Service, Bush House, Strand,London WC2B 4PH
Nearest Tube station: Holborn Tube Station
International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (UK) is organising a demonstration in front of BBC World Service on 7 November 2010. This is part of monthly scheduled protest campaign against enforced disappearances of Baloch political and human rights activists in Balochistan by the states of Pakistan and Iran.
Pakistani military, in the last few days, has launched a military operation in Mashky in Awaran as well as some part of Dera Bugti region. The number of casualties and deaths cannot be confirmed accurately due to total blockade of the area by Pakistani military. Nonetheless, Balochistan National newspapers report of at least three deaths in Dera Bugti and some unknown number of deaths and casualties in Mashky.
The Pakistani military in collaboration with MQM and (People’s Aman Committee) of PPP are also presently engage in a crackdown and brutal operation against Baloch people in Karachi. Over one dozen Baloch have been killed in Baloch areas of Malir, Lyari, Golimar, Baloch Para, and Garden.
Pakistani military and Intelligence agencies at present cannot even tolerate the peaceful activities of the members of Voice of Baloch Missing Persons in Balochistan. The only thing these individuals have done is campaigning for recovery of their loved ones from government secret agencies. Earlier this year the financial secretary of this Organisation was arrested and implicated in a fake case. On 23 September the Mastung zone coordinator of VBMP Mr Faqeer Mohammad (Ajiz) Shahwani was abducted by the FC from the main gate of Cadet College Mastung.
An active member and Kalat zone coordinator of VBMP Mr Yasin Baloch was gunned down in Kalat on 11 October 2010. Yasin was campaigning for recovery of his brother, Mujeeb Baloch, who was abducted by the same agencies in 2009. Family members of Baloch enforced disappeared person have constantly been threatened by Pakistani military and intelligence agencies of dire consequences for their campaign. But in the last few months they have been receiving more threats and some have subsequently experienced the extreme violence of state functionaries directly.
Hence the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons will be protesting against the ongoing military operation, harassment, abduction and killing of Baloch people by the occupying states of Pakistan and Iran. In these protests we would also intend to highlight the Baloch nation democratic right to Independence.
We hereby request to all Baloch and Sindhi friends, Human rights Organisations, freedom loving individuals and other oppressed nations in the UK to join our protest on Sunday 7 November 2010. By showing your solidarity with the people of Balochistan you can help us to raise our voice against enforced disappearances and other human right violations.
International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons is a non-profitable Human Rights Organisation striving against enforced-disappearance and other human rights violations in Balochistan by Pakistani and Iranian authorities.