The increasing evidence of widespread human rights violations highlight the need for the EU to strengthen its role in the troubled region of Baluchistan, says Niccolò Rinaldi
Baluchistan is one of the most troubled and poorest provinces of Pakistan. Bordering with Afghanistan and Iran, Baluchistan is rich in oil, gas, and minerals, but nevertheless its development has been hindered by the turbulence prevailing in the country. This feeling of injustice among the Baloch population has caused decades of long battle between the Baloch separatists and the Pakistani government. The Pakistani army and security forces are accused by the Baluchistan population of not only usurping their wealth, but also violating their fundamental rights. These protests have led to more abuse, persecution and are even inflicted by Pakistani officials.
“Hypocrites protest death sentence war criminal in Bangladesh, but remain silent as State-sponsored Genocide of Baloch nation unfolds”
GENEVA-Dec 14, 2013: Mehran Baluch the representative of Balochistan at the European Union, has sharply criticized the Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) for raising an uproar over the death sentence in Bangladesh of war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah.
In a statement issued today, Mehran Baluch referred to the JI and the JUP as shameless hypocrites who have not shed a single tear for the bullet-ridden bodies of Baloch youth whose bodies are dumped on roadside.
by Tarek Fatah
If Islamabad’s nuclear program was India-focussed, then why are they building ICBMs that can hit targets 7,000 km away? The furthest Indian city from Pakistan is no more than 1,000 km, yet this fact seems to be not making its mark in the corridors of power in either Brussels, London or Washington DC,” he said. “And guess where are they testing and placing their long-range missiles?” he asked rhetorically. “Balochistan,” he replied to his own question.
When a natural calamity strikes, often within hours the tragedy triggers a worldwide aid effort to search for survivors trapped under the debris and to house and feed the victims.
Unfortunately, there was no such luck for the hundreds of thousands who survived a massive earthquake that struck Pakistan’s mineral-rich, yet dirt-poor region of Balochistan on September 25.
Instead, the Pakistani military shut out international aid agencies, taking advantage of the crisis to launch an offensive against Baloch nationalists fighting for independence from Pakistan’s occupation.
Toronto, April 12: Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) while condemning the recent state-backed attack on the offices of a Balochistan-based newspaper, Daily Tawar, described the precarious situation in Balochistan as a ‘killing field’ of human rights. The process of electing a parliament in any democratic society is a freedom of expression and rights exercised by the civil society – the state policy of silencing the Baloch media at this critical instant is an open statement of war on freedom of expression and the rights of a people.
Germany: Koln 24 March 2013: Baloch Community Germany staged a protest demonstration in Koln city to condemn the occupation of Balochistan, on 27 March 1948, by Pakistan.
A large number of Baloch political activists including women and children took part in the protest to express their dislike for slavery and occupation. The aim of the protest was to inform the German government, European Union and the United Nations that Pakistan which is mistakenly considered an ally of international community in war against terrorism; in fact the military of Pakistan was a grave threat for Europe and rest of the civilised world.
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Brussels: Noordin Mengal and Nasser Boladai (Balochistan Peoples Party), representatives of the Baloch people in Pakistan and Iran respectively, made a three-day visit to the European Parliament in Brussels to raise awareness of the continued human rights abuses against Baloch people in both countries, and to urge the European Union to speak out against the continued systematic suppression exerted upon them by the Pakistani and Iranian regimes.
Representatives of Baloch Communities in Iran and Pakistan urge European Union to speak out against the continued violation of human rights
Brussels: Mr. Nasser Boladai and Mr. Noordin Mengal, representatives of the Baloch people in Iran and Pakistan respectively, visited Brussels to raise awareness of the continued human rights violations against Baloch people in both countries, and to urge the European Union to speak out against the systematic suppression exerted upon them by the Iranian and Pakistani regimes.