Two years after international activist Karima Baloch’s death, questions surrounding what happened to her remain.
by Diary Marif
Two years after Karima Mehrab’s body was pulled from Lake Ontario, her friends and fellow human rights activists are still looking for answers about how she died.
Karima, 37, (known here as Karima Baloch as many immigrants from Balochistan use the last name Baloch) was a prominent student organizer who campaigned for Balochistan’s rights and called for justice for the hundreds of students and activists who go missing every year in Pakistan.
Iranian armed forces have imposed drastic security measures in the eastern city of Zahedan, where activists say plainclothes officers are traveling in vans, buses, and private cars to arrest people standing on the streets.
The Iranian authorities have cracked down hard on the nationwide protests triggered by the September 16 death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Jina Amini, who was being held by police for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly.
The demonstrations and state clampdown have been particularly intense in the country’s western Kurdish areas and the long-restive Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which Zahedan is the capital of.