October 02, 2017

Conference: On Balochistan in Washington DC


Conference on Human Rights in Balochistan (Iran, Pakistan)

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921 Pennsylvania Ave SE

921 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast

Washington, DC 20003

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Please join us on Thursday, October 5 at 1:00 pm at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital(921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003) for our conference:

Scales of Injustice: The Geopolitics of Business, State-Sponsored Extremism and the Absence of Democracy in Balochistan

Despite having ratified some of the most important human rights treaties, Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran are trapped in state-induced spirals of violence which put the entire region in a state of permanent instability. Most affected by the state’s excessive use of violence are religious and ethnic minorities and, above all, the people of Balochistan. Gross human rights violations, such as torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings are still the order of the day on both sides of the border. Despite local human rights defenders’ struggle to address these systematic abuses, Tehran and Islamabad use intimidation tactics to silence anyone who dares bringing these heinous crimes to light, thereby leaving the population without effective means to bring perpetrators to justice. Both governments deliberately use radical Islam to undermine and discredit peaceful Baloch movements. Meanwhile, partners in the West often pay mere lip service to changing the status quo. Their half-hearted approach oscillates between public allegiance to international human rights norms and realpolitik based on considerations of power and economic interests.

Building on a series of events on human rights in Balochistan organized by UNPO in Europe, this upcoming conference seeks to provide US researchers policy-makers and the interested public with a survey of the non-adherence to human rights norms in the Pakistani and Iranian parts of Balochistan, offering insights into the geopolitical and economic interests underlying this ongoing tragedy. The conference will provide a platform for and bring together the expertise of academics, civil society and representatives from Balochistan to discuss constructive approaches for the future of Balochistan.

Speakers will include T. Kumar (Advocacy Director, Amnesty International USA


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