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American Think-tank Report Suggests a “Permanent U.N. Observation Mission” in Balochistan

American Think-tank Report Suggests a “Permanent U.N. Observation Mission” in Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...The report says the setting up of a permanent U.N. observation mission would create greater transparency, promote accountability, and build confidence should the security establishment decide to change its policies in the province. On their part, the Baloch nationalists, the report has suggested, “should participate in provincial elections in May. Only their participation in Balochistan’s administration can confer sufficient legitimacy on the provincial government....

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Pakistani ISI crimes being discovered by UN delegation! #StopBalochGenocide

Pakistani ISI crimes being discovered by UN delegation!  #StopBalochGenocide | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pakistani ISI is threatening Baloch citizenry from speaking about forced disappearances! At this time when a UN special delegation is in Balochistan, the ISI is trying to coverup their crimes from being seen by the International community! Plz lend your voice and help spread awareness of the Pakistani human rights abuses perpetrated against the Baloch Nation! #SupportBaloch #StopBalochGenocide

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BRP welcomes UN decision to send a working group on arbitrary detention to Balochistan

BRP welcomes UN decision to send a working group on arbitrary detention to Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Baloch Republican Party leader Waja Sher Mohammad Bugti said BRP welcomes the United Nation’s decision to send a working group on arbitrary detentions to Pakistan in September. The UN should have taken this decision long ago but it is always “better late than never”. The working group should not limit herself to only Islamabad and paper work but should, along with other human rights organizations, gain access to the no-go zones in Balochistan and investigate the deteriorating situation and gross human rights violations there.

The working group’s visit will start in September this year and it has sent a application to the Pakistani government for the visit but we fear that it, first of all, will not be allowed for the visit and if allowed will be faced by state-made hurdles to stop it from exposing the state atrocities, war crimes, arbitrary abductions, extra-judicial killings, kill and dump and extensive human rights violations in Balochistan perpetrated by the state forces.

We appeal to the working group not to settle up its reports through the governmental figures and limit itself to Islamabad. They should visit Balochistan especially the no-go zones including Dera Bugti, Sui, and Kohlu where the worst crimes against humanity are committed on daily basis by the state forces against innocent Baloch people. Hundreds of thousands Baloch people from these areas migrated to other parts of Balochistan and Pakistan by the massive military operations but they continue to remain vulnerable to the attacks of forces. ....

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Pakistan shootings: Seven killed in Balochistan

Pakistan shootings:  Seven killed in Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

At least seven people have been killed in shootings in Pakistan's Balochistan province, officials say.

One shooting killed five when gunmen fired on a vehicle going from Hazara Town on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Quetta, to the city centre.

The second attack took place when gunmen targeted a vehicle belonging to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO).

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Demonstration On Balochistan's Plight At UN Human Rights Council

Demonstration  On Balochistan's Plight  At UN Human Rights Council | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The title of the event was ‘Climate of Fear: Enforced Disappearances, Extra-judicial Killings, and Arbitrary Detention in Balochistan’.

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Seminar at UNHRC, Geneva - Human Rights Situation in Balochistan 20-09-2012

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U.N. panel spotlights disappearances in Balochistan

U.N. panel spotlights disappearances in Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - For years, human rights groups had hoped that Western governments might lead an international outcry over a little-known epidemic of abductions, torture and murder in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. They were disappointed.

Instead, relatives of the missing are placing their faith in a visiting U.N. team to highlight allegations that security forces are waging a campaign of mass disappearances aimed at silencing calls for Baluch independence.

"How many will they kill?" said Yusuf Baluch, who found the mutilated body of his son, Asif, last year, several months after he was taken away in Karachi, Pakistan's commercial capital.

"I'm not going to accept Pakistan as my country. I'll keep longing for an independent Baluchistan." ....

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UNPO Speaks Out Against New Arrests of Baloch People in Iran

UNPO Speaks Out Against New Arrests of Baloch People in Iran | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In the past week reports indicate that the Iranian regime has arrested up to sixty Baloch people in the latest restrictions to be placed on the rights of the Baloch people to expression, free speech, and peaceful demonstration in the Islamic Republic of Iran. ....

 

It is therefore in the strongest possible terms that I condemn this latest arrest of up to sixty Baloch people over the past month in Iran. The ongoing targeted policies against the Baloch people, which has resulted in mass displacement, killings, disappearances and mass imprisonment in Balochistan must cease.

Furthermore, the discrimination against the Baloch population and the denial of their linguistic rights and access to education in their mother tongue must end if the root causes of such discontent are to be addressed in any meaningful way. I urge the Iranian authorities to account for the detained protesters, uphold Iran’s international obligations, and for the international community to arise their concerns with the Iranian authorities around the world.

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Balochistan Operation: Urgent Appeal To World Fact Finding Commissions To Visit

Balochistan Operation: Urgent Appeal To World Fact Finding Commissions To Visit | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The victims suffer from worse crisis as the injured lack any kind of medical help which may, too, increase the death toll. No immediate reach and extreme cold weather have added to the sufferings. Reports of numerous livestock dying in the operation and many sheep and goats being taken by the army straight to their camps.

According to sources, four gunship helicopters and three PAF fighter jets took part in the operation. Chemical bombs that included Cluster, Napalm and Phosphorous bombs were shelled over the local population resulting in death of scores of women and children including infants. The entire area was covered with black smoke during the massacre.

Baloch National Voice appeals to UN, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Red Cross and other world organizations to immediately send their independent fact finding commissions to Balochistan to help stop the ongoing crisis.

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