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Peter Tatchell dedicates his honorary doctorate award to Balochistan

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London: British human rights campaigner PeterTatchell has dedicated his receipt of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from De Montfort University to the people of Balochistan and their struggle for freedom and self-determination.

Mr Tatchell received his award on 23 January 2014, in recognition of his 47 year of human rights campaigning, at a ceremony at The Curve in Leicester, UK.
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Balochistan: A road map for peace & self-determination

Six steps to halt the conflict, protect human rights & secure self-rule

PeterTatchell02“The national democratic movement of Balochistan is weakened by the lack of unity and coordination and by the lack of a peace plan to secure a negotiated political settlement to the six-decades-long conflict,” said London-based international human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

He is today reiterating the “road map for self-determination” that he outlined at the conference on the future of Balochistan, held earlier this year at the Royal Society in London and organised by UNPO, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation.

His UNPO speech can be viewed herehttp://vimeo.com/60679199

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U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Demands Referendum in Balochistan on the Question of Independence

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Brussels, 25 February 2013 – In an effort to shed light on the key role Balochistan plays in South Asia, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) convened a conference entitled “Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia: What Future for Balochistan”, which took place at The Royal Society, London on 24 February 2013. Key speaker at this conference, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, gave a poignant speech urging for the freedom of the Baloch people. The Congressman requested a referendum to be held in Balochistan on the question of independence, which would challenge the claims by Islamabad that the Baloch want to be part of Pakistan. Dana Rohrabacher called for Pakistani officials to be tried for war crimes. Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) was also present.

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Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia: What Future for Balochistan?

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The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is convening an international conference at The Royal Society, London on Sunday 24 February 2013 entitled ‘Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia: What Future for Balochistan?’.

PRESS REMINDER
Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia
What Future for Balochistan?
10am-3pm
Sunday 24 February 2013
The Royal Society – Kohn Centre
6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London (U.K.)

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Human rights violations in Balochistan

Peter Tatchell, a London-based human rights activist slammed Pakistan army and the spy agencies for gross human rights abuses in Balochistan. Tatchell supports Baloch right to self-determination and has been protesting against enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture of Baloch political and nationalist activists, students, journalists, women and children. He, along with other major human rights organizations, has condemned violations of human rights in Balochistan.

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Balochistan: Time for a ceasefire and political settlement

Proposals for military de-escalation & a referendum on self-determination

 By Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
The case for a negotiated political settlement in Pakistani-annexed and occupied Balochistan is overwhelming. The Baloch people have a right to live without persecution and to decide their own destiny. History is on their side.

Much of what now constitutes Balochistan was a self-governing British Protectorate from 1876. The Baloch people secured their independence from Britain in 1947. The following year, they were invaded and incorporated into Pakistan. They did not vote for incorporation. Their consent was neither sought nor given.

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Balochistan ceasefire and political settlement proposed at UN

UNHCHR: Send fact-finding mission to Balochistan to investigate atrocities

International Criminal Court: Issue arrest warrants for Pakistani leaders

London and Geneva – 12 March 2012: Speaking at the UN in Geneva, British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has “condemned Pakistan’s intensified repression in Balochistan, urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission, called on the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for Pakistani leaders and outlined proposals for military de-escalation and a negotiated political settlement in Balochistan.”

Mr Tatchell was addressing a panel being held in parallel with the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council. He spoke alongside the Pakistani author Tarek Fatah and the Baloch nationalists and human rights defenders, Mehran Baluch and Noordin Mengal, on Thursday 8 March.

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Report public meeting: Pakistani state terror against Baloch people and minorities

LONDON: A public meeting was held in London to highlight and condemn the ongoing Pakistani state terror against Baloch people and minorities. A fair number of Baloch political activists and representative of different Human Rights Organisations have participated in meeting to learn about Pakistan’s atrocities against people of Balochistan.
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Balochistan freedom charter launched in London; Tatchell calls for debate

LONDON: One of the world’s most well-known human rights activist Peter Tatchell has released the draft Balochistan Freedom Charter (BFC), which he said he and about a dozen Baloch activists contributed to writing, during a visit to the United Nations in Geneva in March.

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UN Speech by Peter Tatchell

Speech by Peter Tatchell, Human Rights activist, at the Human Rights in Pakistan conference that was held at the United Nations in Geneva Thursday 11 March 2010 parallel to the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The conference was co-hosted by UNPO and Interfaith International.

Footage of Mr Tatchell’s UN speech

Text of Mr Tatchell’s UN speech

The Baloch people have a right to self-determination

Mr President, thank you for giving me an opportunity to address this session.

I am a London-based human rights campaigner who has been campaigning for human rights for 43 years. For 20 of those years, I have monitored and supported the Pakistani people’s struggle for democracy, human rights and social justice, including more recently in Balochistan.

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