October 08, 2012

Protest raises Human Rights issues in Balochistan at UN

New York, Oct 08: Baloch political leaders and activists held a protest rally outside the UN headquarters in New York demanding international intervention in Balochistan, as world leaders arrived to attend the 67th UN General Assembly. The protest was initiated by Washington DC-based Baloch Society of North America and Moscow based Baloch Unity Organization. The protesters demanded an immediate end to aggression and genocide by Pakistani and Iranian military. ---------- Baloch political leaders and activists held a protest rally outside the UN headquarters in New York demanding international intervention in Balochistan, as world leaders arrived to attend the 67th UN General Assembly. The protest was initiated by Washington DC-based Baloch Society of North America and Moscow based Baloch Unity Organization. The protesters demanded an immediate end to aggression and genocide by Pakistani and Iranian military. Balochistan is witnessing a severe human rights crisis as enforced disappearances, tortures and killings have gone up dramatically. The demonstrators, supported by Sindhi and Pashtun activists, called upon the UN Secretary General and world leaders to intervene in Balochistan and save the Baloch people. "We organized this protest at the United Nations as the world leaders were gathering for the general assembly so that we could send a strong message through the world leaders and the UN Sec. Gen. that Balochistan is bleeding, Balochistan needs international help, and Balochistan needs international intervention. If the UN can intervene in Libya, Syria, Sudan and other places where human rights violations have occurred, why not in Balochistan?" said DR. WAHID BALOCH President, Baloch Society of North America The protest in New York coincided with the ten-day long visit of a five member UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, comprising Olivier de Frouville, the Chair-Rapporteur, to Pakistan. The Working Group met the relatives of people who have gone missing in Quetta. They pressed the Pakistan government and judiciary to fulfill their duty to thoroughly investigate the enforced disappearances in Balochistan and bring the perpetrators to justice. The Baloch leaders and activists want a much stronger intervention by the United Nations. "In the last six years, reports of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and other organisations have blamed security agencies for the genocide in Balochistan." Olivier de Frouville "All we are asking the UN is to live up to its mission and it should not be selective when it comes to human rights violation or the violations of the international law. UN intervention must take place in Balochistan to save the lives of the Baloch people who are living under repression and oppression by Pakistan and Iran.", Olivier de Frouville The movement for the end of “colonial rule” by Pakistan and Iran, and an independent Balochistan, is gaining momentum. Currently the natural wealth of Balochistan is being exploited and in return the Baloch people have been given poverty, employment and social injustice. This is why they seek urgent an intervention by the international commmunity.

1 comment:

Pradeep said...

Second line from the last.. Unemployment and social injustice right?