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Remembering the missing Baloch on the International Day of enforced Disappeared

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faiz-m-balochThe International Day of the Disappeared on August 30 is an annual commemoration designated to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives. On this day, the International community remembers the missing and disappeared people throughout the world. The day has been officially declared as the Day of the enforced-disappeared. On this day, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) calls on all governments to provide answers to families on the fate and whereabouts of missing persons. International Human Rights Organisations have declared enforced disappearance as a grave human rights violation and a crime against humanity.
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COMMENT: Guftan az zamboor —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

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.

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BHRC and IVBMP Call for Immediate Release of Zakir Majeed and Thousands of Disappeared Baloch Youth at a Toronto Rally

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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.

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BHRO demonstrate on International Day of Disappeared in Karachi

Karachi: The Baloch Human Rights Organisation took out a protest rally in Karachi on the International Day of Disappeared. The rally set off from Art Council Karachi and before marching from different streets in reach to Karachi Press Club where a demonstration was held. A large number of Baloch women, children and elderly joined the protest carrying placards, banners and pictures of enforced disappeared persons from Balochistan.

Addressing the demonstration the BHRO leaders said that the issue of forced disappearances and extra judicially killing of Baloch activists was becoming complicated and turning into a tragedy because the abductions and extra judicial killings were continuously rising. They said over 14000 Baloch were illegally being held by Pakistani security forces. The abducted activists include Zakir Majeed senior vice chairman of BSO-Azad abducted on 8 June 2009 from Mastung, Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch abducted from his hospital in Ornach area of Khuzdar, Ghafoor Baloch, Iqbal Baloch, Ali Asghar Baloch, Banuk Zarina Marri, Hanifa Bugti and thousands of other Baloch including men, women and children were currently languishing in Pakistan’s security agencies secret dungeons.

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Baloch Community Germany demonstrate on International Day of Disappeared

Germany: Baloch Diaspora in Europe have held simultaneous protest demonstrations against continuous disappearances and extra judicial killings of Baloch activists by Pakistani and Iranian security forces in Balochistan. The International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and Baloch Student Organisation Azad had given the call for worldwide protest on 30 August ‘the International Day of Disappeared’.

In this regard the Baloch Community in Germany has also held a protest in city of Koln in front of Koln Dom. The Baloch activists distributed leaflets to passers-by held placard inscribed with slogans against human rights violations in Balochistan.

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Baloch demonstrate on International Day of Disappeared in Vancouver, Canada

Canada Vancouver ( August 30, 2012) International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and Baloch Human Rights Council of Canada, held a successful rally in front of the Canadian National Media Building CBC to get their message across. This emphasized the extra judicial killings in custody by Pakistani security forces and repression and summary execution of innocent Baloch people by Iranian regimes. Organizers of the rally included Aziz Baloch, who answered the questions regarding the ongoing human rights violations in occupied Pakistani and Iranian occupied Balochistan. He explained that since 2005 more than 14,000 Baloch youth and human rights and political activists have been made victims of enforced disappearances by Pakistani security forces. Over 500 people from the above stated number were first inhumanly tortured then extra judicially killed in custody by Pakistani security forces. Their bodies were found dumped in deserted areas across Balochistan.

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Baloch to commemorate International Day of the Disappeared in Toronto

Canada (Toronto):  Baloch Human Rights Council(Canada) and International Voice for the Baloch Missing People are organizing a peace full protest to draw the attention for over 14000 Baloch youth and political activists that have been made forcefully disappeared by the Pakistani Military Establishment. Baloch are resisting against Pakistan’s illegal occupation of Balochistan. Some over 14,000 Baloch Political activist are missing and over 400 bullet riddle bodies were dumped on the street by the Pakistani Military Establishment to spread fear amongst the Baloch youth. This year the special emphasis is given to Mr Zakir Majid the senior vice chairman of Baloch Student Organization (Azad) who is disappeared since 2009.

Disappearances have continued to this day and the week does not pass by when Baloch family do not embrace the bullet riddle bodies of their loved ones.

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