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At least 82 Baluch protesters and bystanders killed in bloody crackdown: Amnesty International

Iranian security forces unlawfully killed at least 66 people, including children, and injured hundreds of others after firing live ammunition, metal pellets and teargas at protesters, bystanders and worshippers during a violent crackdown after Friday prayers on 30 September in Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchistan province, Amnesty International said today. Since then, another 16 people were killed in separate incidents in Zahedan amid an ongoing clampdown on protests. Evidence gathered from activists, victims’ families, eyewitness testimonies, and images and videos of the protests suggest the real death toll from Zahedan is likely to be higher.

Widely referred to by Iranians as “bloody Friday”, the onslaught on 30 September marked the deadliest day on record since protests started spreading across Iran nearly three weeks ago, after Mahsa Amini died in custody following her arrest by Iran’s “morality” police.

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After US and Canada, France Says EU To Impose Sanctions On Iranian Officials

France’s foreign minister, Catherine Colonna, said Tuesday that the European Union was looking to impose sanctions on several Iranian officials involved in the crackdown on protesters.

“France’s action at heart of EU … (is) to target those responsible for the crackdown by holding them responsible for their acts,” Catherine Colonna told lawmakers in parliament, adding that the EU was looking at asset freezes and travel bans.

The bloc last agreed human rights sanctions on Tehran in 2021. No Iranians had been added to that list since 2013, however, as the bloc has shied away such measures in the hope of reviving a nuclear accord with Iran after the United States withdrew in 2018. Those talks have now stalled.

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BHRC asked UN to investigate the massacre of Baloch in Western Balochistan

Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) demanded an investigation by the United Nations into the massacre of the peaceful protesters in Zahedan (Duzzap) on September 30, 2022.

In a letter addressed to António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, BHRC executive president Dr Naseer Dashti urged the organization to take the cognizance of systematic killings of the Baloch political, social and human rights activists by the fascist regime of Ayatollahs in Iran.

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Iran Sealed The Goldsmid Line After Violent Protests in Zahedan

Iranian authorities have sealed a key crossing point with eastern Balochistan due to unrest in Zahedan and crackdown on protesters.

According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the border crossing at Taftan, about 90 km from Zahedan, has been sealed by the Iranian authorities and no one is being allowed to go from Pakistan to Iran, while on the other side, all types of movement have been stopped.

A Levies Force officer told that the Iranian authorities late Friday night verbally informed the local administration about closure of the border, but no time frame was given in this regard.

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People were killed by sniper shooters: Maulvi Abdul Hameed

DUZZAP: A well-known Baloch religious scholar from Iranian Occupied Balochistan, Maulvi Abdul Hameed, has issued a message regarding the incident that happened in Zahedan after Friday prayers on September 30, and termed the incident as a tragedy and called for legal action against those who killed people.

“The bullets have been fired into the heads and hearts of most of the worshipers, and it is clear that it was the work of snipers,” said the Friday prayer Imam.

Explaining the Zahedan massacre, Maulvi Abdul Hameed said: “A few minutes after the Friday prayer, gunshots were heard. Later it was found that some youths gathered in front of the nearby police station after offering prayers and shouting slogans and some of them pelted stones at the police station”.

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Black Friday in Zahedan: Dozens of Dead, Hundreds of Injured

Zahedan, in Sistan and Baluchistan province, suffered a bloody Friday on September 30. For several days, the province has been the scene of protests over the rape of a 15-year-old girl by a police chief in Chabahar.

Despite widespread protests, Iranian government officials have resisted yielding to any of the protesters’ demands. On the contrary, it is clear from the videos published on social networks that on September 30, when people gathered for Friday prayers in Zahedan mosque and demanded the punishment of the offender, they were targeted by the full might of the security and military forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The videos show local people gathering in front of the police station, where their protest was met by security forces shooting at them from inside the station house and from a circling helicopter.

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Kandahar: Attempted attack on Baloch refugees, 2 Pakistanis arrested

Many Baloch families have sought refuge in Afghanistan, in order to escape from persecution and extrajudicial murders by Pakistan Army.

There have been frequent attacks on Baloch refugees in Afghanistan, as a result of which many were killed. Baloch and Pashtun circles blame Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for these attacks.

According to the latest information, the Taliban government has arrested two suspicious persons from the southern province of Kandahar in Afghanistan, they were pretending to be Taliban and going through the homes of Baloch refugees collecting information.

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Mishaps are unavoidable in armed struggle and war: BLF

Major Gohram Baloch, spokesman of Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), said in a press release issued to the media that mishaps in the armed struggle and war are unavoidable.

He said that BLF is a responsible organization, fighting a national liberation war against occupying forces according to international norms. We believe in international laws of war and continue our struggle according to them. But it is impossible that there would not be any accidents and collateral damage in wars.

We make every effort to avoid such tragedies that harm non-related, non-combatant or civilian populations.

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‘Baloch Lives Matter’ seminar highlights human rights violations in Balochistan

Geneva [Switzerland], September 23 (ANI): A seminar titled ‘Baloch Lives Matter: Aspects of human rights violations in Balochistan’ was organized by Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) in Geneva on the occasion of the 51st Session of UNHRC on Thursday.

Intellectuals, analysts and human rights defenders deliberated on various aspects of human rights violations perpetrated by Pakistan in Balochistan.

A documentary was also shown highlighting various aspects of human rights violations in Balochistan. The analysts opined that many aspects are clear crimes against humanity.

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Pak Judiciary is also complicit in Baloch Genocide and Forced Disappearances: Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch

Chief of Balochistan Liberation Front Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch said that the judiciary is also complicit in Baloch genocide, enforced disappearances and other crimes against humanity along with Pakistani army. The recent judicial activism, the summoning of the Prime Minister and the remarks of the Chief Justice are nothing but an attempt to deceive the Baloch nation and create faith in the Pakistani judicial system. Within the Pakistani establishment, the judiciary is subordinate to military force. Subordinate institutions can never rebel against the axis of power.

He said that during his visit to Quetta, Shehbaz Sharif clearly said that regarding enforced disappearances he would talk to the related powers.  Where the Chief Executive of the country publicly declares that he is helpless and powerless, it is not difficult to estimate the powers of a judge or the so-called judicial system.

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