Ambassador David Jacobson
The Embassy of the United States of America
490 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8
Hon. Phillip Chicola
U.S. Consulate General Vancouver
1075 West Pender Street
January 31, 2011
Subject: Concern over gross human rights violations in Balochistan by Iran and Pakistan
The purpose of our peaceful rally today is to express our concern over the ongoing military operation and summary executions conducted by the Pakistani and Iranian occupation forces in Balochistan. We also would like to express our concern regarding the U.S. military aid to Pakistan, which is being diverted by the army to crush the freedoms and rights movement in Balochistan. Instead of fighting the Afghan Taliban, the Al-Qaida linked Haqqani Terror-Network in North Waziristan, or Mulla Omar’s Quetta Shura; the Pakistani military and its intelligence services are committing atrocities against civilian Baloch populace.
We would like to bring to your attention the cruel nature of the widespread crimes against humanity committed by Pakistan and its armed forces against civilians including students, lawyers, journalists, political activists, women, and children in Balochistan. Since 2003, Pakistan army is involved in the aerial bombing of tribal villages by American-made gunship helicopters, displacement of 250,000 tribal inhabitants from their lands, enforced disappearance of 13,000 Baloch civilians including 149 women and 168 children, arbitrary arrests, torture of political detainees, extra-judicial killing, target-killing of leaders, and in-custody murder of Baloch rights activists. In the last six months alone, more than eighty mutilated bodies of disappeared Baloch youth were dumped in the wilderness with clear marks of severe torture and bullets shot in the head. The kill-and-dump policy of the Pakistani security forces including the intelligence services (I.S.I & M.I.) is now rampant across Balochistan.
Balochistan is the site of the 1998 nuclear tests with dire consequences on the environment, people, and wildlife. Pakistan’s military is turning the land of the Baloch people into a dumping area of nuclear waste and the testing ground for WMDs and missiles bought from North Korea.
The Iranian occupied Balochistan is experiencing a similar human rights situation with public hangings, summary executions, and arbitrary arrest of thousands of Baloch civilians for their opposition to the orthodox tyrannical regime. The Islamic Republic of Iran is engaged in a policy of systematic cultural genocide, denying the right to the use of Balochi language as a medium of instruction and for the expression of art, literature, and music. Statistics show that with the coming to power of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Baloch dissidents are the highest in number among the victims of summary executions and public hanging in Iran.
Iran and Pakistan forcefully occupied the sovereign nation of Balochistan in 1928 and 1948 respectively. The division and annexation of Balochistan into foreign states has resulted in the loss of indigenous land, culture, and natural resources to the autocratic rulers of Iran and Pakistan.
As the voice of our people, we call upon the U.S. Administration:
- Stop all military aid to Pakistan immediately.
- Assert diplomatic means to end the gross human rights violations against the Baloch civilians in Iran and Pakistan.
- Review US-Pakistan relationship and actively engage in building bridges with the Baloch nation.
- Support the Baloch voice in dismantling Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.
- Support human rights in the Iranian occupied Balochistan.
- Accelerate the process of stopping Iran becoming a nuclear weapon state.
Vice President BHRC (Canada)
Co-ordinator, International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (Canada)