Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf (Germany): In a bid to highlight the ongoing Baloch genocide and human rights violations and the disappearance of Baloch people through the hands of Pakistani military and intelligence agencies in Balochistan, the Baloch National Movement (BNM) Germany chapter held demonstrations in different cities.
The demonstrations were held in Dusseldorf, Berlin and Munich on August 30, which is also marked as “The International Day of the victims of the enforced disappearance” by the Baloch people.
Government Fails to Provide Facts, Justice, and Reparations to Victims
(London) – On the eve of the annual International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urge Pakistan’s government to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts.
In principle, society and the media generally believe and follow the dictum of the misattributed Stalin quote: “The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic”
A society is identified and judged by the values and ideals it relates to through its actions and observance. Ironically, here Valentine’s Day is more fervently observed and celebrated than the International Day of Disappeared Persons or the International Day against Torture. The state for sure and a majority of the people probably do not have the frame of reference that would evoke compassion for the disappeared persons’ or their relatives’ angst. Consequently, even on the International Day of Disappeared Persons observed on August 30, there was not a single editorial in the dailies I read. Probably, it was not deemed an important enough occasion to deserve the coverage that water-car charades command or Valentine’s Day gets. This highlights society’s indifference to the sufferings of others. This sad day however was observed in Balochistan and the Baloch Diaspora organised protests in foreign capitals.
Toronto, Sept 03, 2012 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) and International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons jointly called for a protest rally in Toronto to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared and draw attention to the enforced disappearances in Balochistan.
Baloch, Sindhi, and Kashmiri community members took part in the peaceful protest and expressed their solidarity with the people of Balochistan in their struggle for rights and freedom from occupation. The peaceful protesters carried placards and chanted slogans against the Iranian and Pakistani authorities and demanded immediate end to atrocities committed against the Baloch people.