October 26, 2011

DC-based Baloch group has new thrust in lobbying efforts

American Friends of Balochistan
-- Right to national self-determination is a must.
Press release
October 26, 2011
Washington DC: The premier American Friends of Balochistan will be renewing it lobbying efforts with key U.S. congressmen and senators in Washington DC to draw their attention to the gross human rights violations in Balochistan.
The lobbying effort will include a letter written by Baloch Nelson Mandela and former chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the ground situation in Balochistan.
Mengal is the president of the Balochistan National Party.
The A.F.B. founder will also draw the attention of the U.S. lawmakers to the recent meeting between Senator Malik Baloch and U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Dr. Baloch had requested Ms. Clinton to intervene to stop enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings of political activists and to revive the USAID plans for 200 schools and six dams in Balochistan.
Senator Malik Baloch is the president of the National Party.
The A.F.B. will also highlight the efforts of the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Daud for regaining the rights of Balochistan. Daud is conidered to be the De Jure Ruler of Balochistan.
The A.F.B. will also enourage the work of Baloch representatives at the U.N. Human Rights Council Sanaullah Baloch, Mehran Baluch, and Munir Mengal.
The A.F.B. has also resloved to work closely with all Diaspora Organizations including the Baloch Human Rights Council, Baloch Unity (Moscow), Baloch Society of North America, Baloch International League (led by former Balochistan speaker Waheed Baloch) and Baloch Voice Foundation (Paris) on the question of human, political and socio-economic rights of the Baloch people.
In the past, the A.F.B. was more closely allied with the Baloch resistance leaders but withdrew support to them as it came into its knowledge the militants were targeting unarmed civilians of Sindhi, Pashtun, Punjabi ethnic origins and even Baloch political activists. The A.F.B. considers such militants actions crimes against humanity.

The A.F.B. said it views with serious concerns the threats to the life of former torture victim Sattar Baloch and other political activists in Balochistan by the militants and will take ask Weestern governments to take actions against militant leaders in the West if these political activists come into harms way.
"Only when the resistance groups renounce violence against unarmed citizens and build bridges with the other stakeholders like the B.N.P and N.P. in Balochistan, will we reconsider support to them," the A.F.B. founder said.
The founder of DC-based organization said he salutes the sacrifices of the Bijarani Marris, represented internationally by Dr. Jumma marri and Sher Alam Marri, and considers them major stakeholder in the Balochistan conundrum.
The A.F.B. also appealed to all its friends and well-wishers to back its works by sending contributions through www.paypal.com to ahmar_reporter@yahoo.com
CC: U.S. Department of State, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch

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