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Baloch Issue and the Obligation of International Human Rights Organizations. News Type: Event — Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:18 AM ESTworld-newsMunir MengalYes the act of kidnapping of an innocent man is a condemning act. This is what the lesson we get from the idea logy of Philanthropy. This is what a common man who has a sense of humanity knows and strongly supports. Yes dear I am cent percent sure that a common man with his all consciousness certainly has consensus addendum. Then dear what happened to the idea logy of these Human Rights Organizations i.e. UNHCR, HRCP, ICRC, Amnesty International etc. for the abduction of Balochs including children, females, and old age citizens. As the Interior minister of Pakistan himself claimed that thousands of Balochs are under there illegal custody. Why all of us are silent where is our humanity and philanthropy. Why all of them kept silent on the killing of innocent Balochs by the Pakistani Islam

Baloch terrorism trial "not guilty" verdict

Baloch terrorism trial "not guilty" verdict Jury acquits defendants framed by Musharraf regime Defendants Hyrbyair Marri and Faiz Baluch vindicated London – 11 February 2009 Baluchistan human rights activists, Hyrbyair Marri and Faiz Baluch, have been acquitted of terrorism charges today, 11 February 2009, at Woolwich Crown Court in London. Mr Baluch was acquitted of all charges. Mr Marri was acquitted of three charges, with the jury unable to come to a verdict on the other two charges. Mr Marri is a former Balochistan MP and government minister. Mr Baluch is a human rights activist. Both are exiles based in London. "All the evidence suggests that Marri and Baluch were framed by the Musharraf dictatorship to silence their highly effective campaigning against Pakistan's human rights abuses in Balochistan," said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who stood bail for Mr Baluch. "This case began with Musharraf's regime orchestrating fabricated

Ignoring India by J. Peter Pham 02.11.2009 As President Barack Obama surveys the geopolitical landscape that his predecessor bequeathed him, he will find at least two areas where American foreign policy is in relatively good shape and, in fact, stronger than it was when George W. Bush took office. One is Africa, where a whole host of new humanitarian and other assistance initiatives—including, among other programs, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)—as well as the launch of a new Pentagon structure, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), has left America more engaged with the nations of the continent than ever across the full spectrum of diplomatic, development and defense activities. The other is India, where the Bush administration succeeded in reaching a deal on nuclear cooperation that opened the way for its successor to forge wider a

China's defense: The view from Taiwan

By Cheng-yi Lin Beijing published the 2008 edition of "China's National Defense" (hereafter White Paper) on the cusp of US President Barack Obama's historic inauguration on January 20. The past three editions (2002, 2004, and 2006) of the White Paper were all published in the final month of every other year, but this time Beijing purposely delayed its release for almost three weeks. An incident wherein Beijing exhibited similar behavior was in July 1998 when it released the 1998 edition of the White Paper on the same day that ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum (ARF), a landmark security dialogue among mainly Southeast Asian states, were meeting in the Philippines. The meeting coincidentally called on its members to have more transparency in their defense planning. On both occasions, it is clear that Beijing deliberately chose the timing of the release to indicate its intention to accept the common practice of confidence-buildi

China’s Defence White Paper – 2008 -- An Indian Perspective.

By Bhaskar Roy Sharing a 4000 kilometre-long disputed border with China and having suffered a military attack from China in 1962, India cannot but be highly concerned about the aggressive military development in its immediate environment. China Defence White Paper – 2008 (hereafter referred to as Paper – 08) have some grave messages for its Asian neighbours which this paper intends to discuss. China started publishing Defence White Papers from 1995 in response to Western demands for transparency in its military developments. Since then it has come a long way. The Paper-08 allows a much deeper look to the outsider into China’s thinking. What one sees does not inspire hope for an Asian age according to the “five principles of peaceful co-existence” and region of equality and stability. It would be interesting to go back ten years and have a brief look at the Defence White Paper-1998. The approach was less aggressive than in 2008. It was the time that China’s top leader Jiang Zemi

Baluch rebels claim kidnap of American in Pakistan

BLUF claims responsibility for JOHN SOLECKI’s kidnaping A relatively new organization calling itself the Baloch Liberation United Front (BLUF) has accepted responsibility for John Solecki’s kidnapping. The organization is demanding the release of around 6000 missing Baloch people who have been arrested by the Pakistani army intelligence agencies along with 141 Baloch women.” We demand a resolution of the Baloch issue via Geneva Conventions,” said Shaik Baloch, a spokesman of the BLUF. Solecki, the Balochistan head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), was kidnapped on February 2 when he was on his way to the office located in Quetta’s Chaman Housing Society. His driver, Syed Hashim, was killed by the kidnappers. ” The reason it took us five days to claim responsibility was to make sure that we reach at a safe place before claiming responsibility,” said the spokesman: ” We are at a safe place now”. The spokesman said his organization had no links with other Ba