National Remembrance Day of Baloch Martyrs marked in Vancouver, Canada

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Canada, Vancouver: November 13, 2013. Remembrance Day is an annual occasion for Baloch nation. The International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Canada (IVBMP) and Baloch Human Rights Council of Canada (BHRC) jointly hold Remembrance Day and pay tribute to the countless Baloch souls. Canadian Baloch students also expressed their support of Voice for Baloch Missing Person (VBMP) long march from Quetta to Karachi.

A Kurd educator and writer Kiumarce Nikeafter, shed light on historical struggle of Kurd and Baloch nation. Stating that throughout history Baloch and Kurd have been under pressure of oppressors. He said Kurds are divided in four countries and none of these states are namely Kurdish. In Syria, Kurds are slaughtered because they are labelled as Kafir (non-believer); Baloch and Kurd are going through a very difficult time. The oppressive regimes kill our children; he stated then what? “We are lucky living in a free society like Canada as here we can express ourselves freely. Sadly, we don’t have the same freedom back home.”

Aziz Baloch said that the aim of the gathering was to mark the Baloch Martyrs Day. We salute and appreciate all of the fallen heroes who selflessly sacrificed their lives for us, who bravely fought for justice, freedom, and peace. They were struggling to preserve our national identity, culture, language and land.

He said the Baloch struggle and sacrifices of national heroes are inspiring Baloch youth abroad their history, culture and ancestral roots. Baloch children are more aware and proud of their culture ever before because of the freedom struggle.

In this long journey of Baloch national struggle, thousands of martyrs Baloch followed their predecessor’s footsteps like Khan Mehrab Khan, the rulers of Kalat (Balochistan). They fiercely fought along with his companions against the British Invasion on November 13, 1839, never surrendering till he received martyrdom. Similarly, Mir Dost Mohd Khan Barakzai Baloch, rulers of Western Balochistan fought against Persian rulers against the invasion of Balochistan in 1929, till his last breath.

Since then, Baloch nation has been in the trenches of struggle, continuing their fight to free themselves from the shackles of slavery. Both tyrant states of Pakistan and Iran are ruling Balochistan as a colony, Baloch people are treated as third class citizens, stripped of basic human rights. Despite being the owner of geo-strategically important land, rich in natural resources, with a long coastline near Strait of Hormuz where oil tankers ships in the masses pass by to the rest of the world.

Baloch people are forced to be stateless; they are struggling according to the Universal Human Rights Declaration act of the United Nations. The Baloch masses are demanding their birth rights and freedom in their own land which has been snatched from them and being denied to them. Today, thousands of Baloch activists are facing abduction, torture, death and execution in the hands of occupied state of Pakistan and Iran.

Aziz Baloch further said that Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organisation consists of Baloch disappeared families. They initiated a historical peaceful long march from Quetta to Karachi on 27 October under leadership of the iconic Baloch Human rights activists Mama Qadeer Baloch. He is vice Chairman of (VBMP). The participants of the march are demanding for the release of enforced-disappeared Baloch activists.

He said in September 2012, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group met with the Baloch families in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan. During the meeting a Baloch mother asked the UN Working Group delegation,” If your child disappeared, what would you do?” Mr Baloch said, “We can imagine the agony of all family members of these victims. Sadly, the Pakistan judiciary system for many years has failed to provide justice till today to the victims’ families and put them down.”

International voice for Baloch Missing Persons of Canada on the National Remembrance day of Baloch Martyrs appealed to the United Nations and International Community to help stop enforced disappearances, torture, execution, extra judicial killings of Baloch activists and support the Baloch National struggle of independence.

Aziz Baloch
Co-ordinator of International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Canada
Vice President of Baloch Human Rights Council of Canada

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