A senior teaching fellow and a PhD candidate at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) represents the colonization of Pakistan for the enrichment of China.
Speaking at the conference “Wall of Silence: Human rights in Balochistan“, Burzine Waghmar said Pakistan’s statehood is based on a fragile framework with no national basis in which Pakistani military acts with no legitimacy and with violence against local populations.
An independent Balochistan will end Pakistan’s hostility and arrogance toward America and the Baloch people.
WASHINGTON DC: The U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday reiterated his support for an independent Balochistan at a congressional briefing held at the Rayburn House Office Building saying, while quoting his conversations with leaders from Afghanistan and Balochistan, that a free Balochistan would dramatically change everything in the region, bring an end to “Pakistan’s arrogance and hostility toward the United States and the Baloch people.”
The UNPO conference was aimed at discussing the conflict in Balochistan, analyzing its impact on the state of human rights, press freedom and the way forward.
By Malik Siraj Akbar
WASHINGTON DC: The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) organized a one-day conference at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Tuesday to discuss the conflict in Balochistan, analyze its impact on the state of human rights, press freedom and the way forward.
Senator Paul Strauss of Washington D.C. welcomed the conference participants to the U.S. capital and applauded UNPO for organizing the event. He noted that Washington D.C. was also a UNPO member because it still does not still enjoy the status of a full state in the U.S.
Geneva: On 11 March 2016, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) convened a side-event to the 31st Human Rights Council Session in Geneva. With nearly 100 participants attending, the international conference entitled “Faces of Oppression: Human Rights Violations in Balochistan” succeeded in drawing much needed attention to the seemingly intractable and unending cycle of human rights violations in Balochistan.
Opening the conference, Baloch leader Mehran Baluch, human rights campaigner Noordin Mengal and UNPO’s Fernando Burgés highlighted the importance and timeliness of the issue under discussion, as millions of people living in Balochistan suffer on a daily basis at the hand of state-led tyranny and oppression.
Mr Nasser Boladai, Spokesperson of the Balochistan People’s Party (BPP) and President of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) visited Washington D.C. last week [16 November 2015] together with Johanna Green, UNPO Program Manager. The trip, ending on the 20th of the same month, functioned as a means of raising awareness of the plight of the people of Balochistan, highlighting the extensive human rights violations taking place in both Iran and Pakistan against the Baloch people. It also provided an opportunity to inform and draw attention to UNPO and the work of the organisation.
In the name of counter-terrorism, Pakistani security forces are exercising more and more press censorship and impeding the reporting of human rights violations in Balochistan. In spite of article 19 of Pakistan’s Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression to every citizen, as well as freedom of press, the current situation demonstrates that the reality is very different and that Baloch people are systematically denied these as well as many other rights.
UNPO expresses its deepest regret, sympathy and condemnation at the news of the murder of more than 100 civilians in Awaran district, Balochistan, on the day of Eid this week (18 July 2015). Continuing its campaign of violence and injustice against the Baloch people, Pakistani security forces have acted with a brutality which must not go unpunished. We join the Baloch National Movement in calling for the attention and support of the international community to protect Balochistan from further aggression.
Below is a statement from the Baloch National Movement:
I would like to call the attention of the irresponsible world community, the UN, human rights groups, the European Union and the USA to the atrocities carried out in Awaran, Balochistan on 18 July 2015. On the day of Eid celebrations, Pakistan security forces secretly launched a major bombardment, resulting in the deaths of more than 100 innocent civilians, including women and children. They were indiscriminately and ruthlessly killed. It would not be out of place to mention here that the ruthless and faceless army of Pakistan also abducted women and girls, and we fear that their fate may the same as that of those who were raped and abducted in Bangladesh during the 1971 genocide.
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) strongly condemns the heinous acid attacks that have targeted four women, in the Kili Kamalo area on the outskirts of Quetta and in the Mastung district on Monday, 21st of July 2014.
Amongst the women targeted, were two young sisters ages 12 and 14 who received burns to their faces. These attacks constitute a severe violation of human rights, and the victims are at risk of being permanently disfigured and burned. Pakistan has signed and ratified several international human rights conventions dealing with social, political and women’s rights and as such is required to ensure the safety and rights of all their citizens.
Geneva (Switzerland), Mar.12 (ANI): Human rights activists, political leaders, Baloch nationalists and students from various parts of the world gathered in Geneva on March 10 to raise the issue of human rights violations in Pakistan’s province of Balochistan.
The event titled “Human Rights, Regional Security and Perspectives for Balochistan and Pakistan Post-2014? was held at Palace of Nations, Geneva on the sidelines of the 110th session of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.