Monthly Archives: November 2010
The International Convention for the Protection of all Persons From Enforced Disappearances Enters Into Force on 23 December 2010
A Press Release from the International Coalition against Enforced Disappearances forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
(November 25, 2010) On 23 November 2010, the Republic of Iraq deposited the 20th instrument of ratification for the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Iraq becomes the 20th State to ratify this treaty. Its historic accession means that the Convention will enter into force on 23 December 2010, 30 days after the 20th accession or ratification.
UNESCO’s Director-General condemns murder of Pakistani journalist Abdul Hameed Hayatan in Baluchistan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called on authorities to investigate the murder of Pakistani journalist Abdul Hameed Hayatan, whose body was found with gunshot wounds on 18 November outside of Turbat, in western Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.“I condemn the murder of Abdul Hameed Hayatan,” said Ms Bokova. “An act of violence on a journalist is not only a crime against the individual victim. It also represents an attack on freedom of expression, which is a fundamental right and a cornerstone of democratic society. I call on the authorities in Pakistan to spare no effort in investigating this murder and bringing the culprits to justice.”
London, Nov.27: The Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) has strongly condemned what it called the ongoing extra judicial killing and abduction of innocent unarmed Baloch civilians in Balochistan by Pakistani security agencies.
Rt Hon. David Cameron
Prime Minister of Great Britain
10 Downing Street
Subject: Appeal for British Intervention in Balochistan
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
We would like to draw your attention to the cold blooded murders of Baloch political activists by the Pakistani Military in recent months. According to verifiable reports from different human rights organizations, the Pakistani Military Intelligence and Inter Services Intelligence agencies picked dozens of political activists and took them to unknown destinations. They were tortured whilst under military detention. After some days their dead bodies were thrown over desolate places. The Asian Human Rights Commission in its report issued on 24th of this month has given the horrifying details of extrajudicial killings and other brutalities being perpetrated by the Pakistani army in Balochistan.
Occupied Balochistan: According to information a member of Central committee of Baloch Students Organization Qamber Chaker s/o Chaker Baloch has been abducted along with his cousin Irshad Sajjad s/o Nasir Ali (Member of Baloch National Movement) from their home at Shahi Thump Turbat on 26/11/2010. They have been shifted to an unknown location and no family members have been informed about their whereabouts so far.
By P. Chacko Joseph | November 23rd,
Balochistan is waging a lonely battle against Pakistan to get freedom. We had the opportunity of an email interview with Banok Karima Baloch, Central Vice chairman of Baloch Student Organization (Azad). Banok Karima Baloch has been in the forefront of the freedom struggle and has been featured by international news agencies.
London: Prominent Baloch leader in exile Hyrbyair Marri said that the in-custody killings of nine Baloch sons within two days showed the brutality of the enemy. He called for a collective voice against the enemy’s brutalities and said if Baloch didn’t stand united against the occupier, resultantly the occupier becomes the forceful master of our children.
Occupied Balochistan: Five decomposed bodies of unidentified persons were found in a deserted place between the settlements of Bostan and Yaro in Pishin District on Tuesday. The victims received bullets in their heads and presumably died on the spot. The bodies are beyond recognition and said to be two months old, an official said. A shepherd first spotted the dead bodies at the desolate place and informed the concerned Levies personnel about it.