Geneva, March 23: These banners on the shores of Lake Geneva were displayed to make the people aware about ongoing genocide in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province. Organized by the Baloch Diaspora on the sidelines of 25th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, it highlighted issues like economic exploitation, Talibanization, enforced disappearances and killings of Baloch political leaders and intellectuals. The recent discovery of mass graves and an ongoing army operation in Balochistan were also highlighted. On March 10, the issue of gross human rights violations in Balochistan was also raised during a side event at the United Nations titled “Human Rights and Security Perspectives for Balochistan and Pakistan Post-2014”.
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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.
The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) has started the second phase of its long march from Karachi to Islamabad from 13 December, for the recovery of Baloch missing person who have been allegedly disappeared by Military and intelligence agencies of the state. Prior to this the first phase of this long march was launched on 27 October and ended on
26 21 November at Karachi press club. The marchers walked on foot 750 kilometers. The second phase of this long march to federal capitol Islamabad will cover distance of approximately 1600 kilometers. Vice Chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), Mama Qadeer Baloch is determined and said that he would continue his movement and long march till the recovery of last missing person of Balochistan.
Nationalist activists are directed to bid a warm welcome to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons’ long march and its attendants across Sindh, wherever they pass. This was a status of JSMM Chairman Shafi Muhammad Burfat issued as a press statement. Sindhis should welcome Baloch families with their own. Alliance of Sindhis and Balochs is necessity of time. We have common enemy and joint struggle is the only way to get rid of it. He added
“I know the walk to Punjab is unsafe. There are no pockets of Baloch inhabitants who will open their houses to us or share their food. But if I come back dead from Punjab, I will think the purpose of my life has been fulfilled,” said Qadeer, who heads the Voice of Baloch Missing Person (VBMP), a group fighting for the rights of the missing Baloch youth.
The administration of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been keeping mum over the fate of missing persons in Balochistan. This has forced the families of the victims to cover more than 750 kilometers, all the way from Quetta to Karachi on foot to get their voices heard.
Brahamdagh Bugti, President of Baloch Republicain Party
Press Conference in Geneva Press Club
CANADA: In response to a letter of the coordinator of International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons the Canadian foreign minister said that, “The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s foreign policy and I have noted with concern the reports of forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.”
LONDON: A delegation of the Baloch Students Organisation-Azad has met president of the Liberal Democrat London at the party headquarters of LibDem. The delegation, headed by BSO-Azad London organiser, met Jonathan Flyer, who is president of LibDem London and vice president of Liberal International British Group.
Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, September 22, 2009 — (Business Wire India)
In a public meeting as a side event of the 12th Session of the UN Human Rights Council being held from 14th September to 2 October, 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, participants said that state terrorism is responsible for human rights violations in Balochistan province of Pakistan and the Gilgit-Baltistan region administered by Pakistan. The meeting was organized by Commission to Study the Organization of Peace an NGO having UN Consultative Status with ECOSOC on the topic of Human Rights and Terrorism: International Responsibilities.