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Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi is an 18-year-old Baluch citizen from Zahedan. He was arrested during the nationwide protests, on October 5, 2022, and since the Iranian Judiciary sentenced him to Moharebeh (War on God) he is at risk of execution.
Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi, son of Sharif, was born on February 7, 2004, and is a third-year high school student. He left his home on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, to purchase medicine. He was ill and had gone to the pharmacy to have his doctor’s prescription provided. The pharmacy is located on Madani Street near the Makki Mosque of Zahedan. Intelligence forces who were situated in the area arrested him outside the pharmacy. He was taken to an undisclosed location in a private car.Continue reading
Iranian courts have handed down death sentences against at least four ethnic Baluch men over the past few days, activists say, as the Islamic republic tries to suppress an anti-government protest movement that has swept the country for nearly four months.
According to the latest information available, the authorities have executed 151 Baluch citizens in 2022, compared to 70 the previous year. At least 81 were hanged over the last four months of 2022, amid a brutal state crackdown on the nationwide protests demanding more freedoms and women’s rights.Continue reading
Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan on January 20, as the country’s leading Sunni cleric again criticized the Islamic Republic’s bloody response to four months of nationwide demonstrations.
Molavi Abdolhamid, the Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahedan, urged Iran’s Shia clerical leaders to listen to “the demands of the youth and women,” instead of repressing them.
Molavi, a member of Sistan and Baluchistan province’s beleaguered Sunni Baluch community, has been a key dissenting voice inside the country since the anti-establishment protests erupted in September.Continue reading
The policy of repression in Balochistan has always been indiscriminate, but now it is the students who bear the brunt.
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
The world knows Balochistan as the 44 per cent land mass of Pakistan, but most do not know that becoming part of Pakistan was not its own choice. It wanted coexistence, but was forced to merge with Pakistan. Moreover, it isn’t ‘terra nullius’ (nobody’s land), but is seen as such. There are people in Balochistan too; people whose lives have been destroyed by injustices that they have been subjected to since the forced merger on March 27th 1948.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s use of force to make Khan accede forever forfeited civilians’ say in Balochistan’s matters and gave unchallenged dominance to the military. This injustice also resulted in the Baloch people’s eternal mistrust in Pakistan; prompting resistance which to date has not only continued but intensified in proportion to atrocities and injustices against the Baloch people.Continue reading
Iranian armed forces have imposed drastic security measures in the eastern city of Zahedan, where activists say plainclothes officers are traveling in vans, buses, and private cars to arrest people standing on the streets.
The Iranian authorities have cracked down hard on the nationwide protests triggered by the September 16 death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Jina Amini, who was being held by police for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly.
The demonstrations and state clampdown have been particularly intense in the country’s western Kurdish areas and the long-restive Sistan and Baluchistan Province, which Zahedan is the capital of.Continue reading
Iran’s IRGC Quds Force Attack on Baloch Compatriots in Dozap (Zahedan), Sistan and Baluchestan Face Strong Retaliation
This article is being republished on the first martyrdom anniversary of the brave sons of Baloch nation Gholam Shahbakhsh, Malik Shahbakhsh, Mehrab Shahbakhsh, Hameed Hasanzahi and Mohammad Jan.
By : Zaffar Baloch
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) multiple attacks in Sistan and Baluchestan’s Dozap (Zahedan) region that took place between November 17, 2021, and January 1, 2022, were strategic implications of the regime’s policies to contain the rebellious uprisings of February 2021 in Saravan and the capture of the IRGC’s base in Korin, Dozap (Zahedan). As a result, the battles between the Baloch fuel traders and IRGC have progressed into the present conflict almost a year later.Continue reading
The head of the UN’s top human rights body has appointed the members of the recently established fact-finding mission on human rights abuses committed by Iranian authorities in their bloody crackdown on nationwide protests.
The president of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, Federico Villegas of Argentina, has picked Sara Hossain of Bangladesh, Shaheen Sardar Ali of Pakistan and Viviana Krsticevic of Argentina to serve as the three independent members of the mission, the council said in a statement on December 20.Continue reading
By Himdad Mustafa
Balochis are an ethnic group native to Balochistan, in Southwest Asia. In the last century, with the foundation of modern nation-states, their homeland was occupied and divided between Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. There are no reliable statistics regarding the total number of Baloch people, though in 2013 their population was estimated at around 10 million. Approximately, around 70 percent of the total Baloch population lives in Pakistan-controlled Balochistan, whereas 20 percent inhabits the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, and around 10 percent resides in the southern areas of Afghanistan.
Throughout the 20th century and up to today, Balochis have faced systematic discrimination, massacres, and forced resettlement. They have been deprived of their cultural, social, economic, and political rights in their own homeland. After the foundation of the Islamic Republic in 1979, due to their adherence to Sunni Islam, the Balochis in Iran have become subjected to religious discrimination in addition to the existing ethnic discrimination.Continue reading
A Second Lieutenant of Iran’s elite Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and three members of the paramilitary Basij force have been killed in clashes in the southeast Iran, official media reported.
Citing an IRGC statement, state-run Press TV said that the four security personnel died on December 19, 2022 in clashes with an armed group near the border area of Shaston, Saravan in the Sistan and Baluchistan province.
The official IRNA news agency said the “terrorists” fled to neighboring Pakistan.Continue reading