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To Dr. Malik Baloch

To Dr. Malik Baloch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Dear Dr Malik Baloch

For the first time in history of Balochistan, a common man will be leading the province. The way elections were conducted under fear and terror I don’t know if I should be hopeful, but I will be.

Respected Chief Minister I write to you requesting you as a Baloch and as a citizen of Pakistan belonging to the province of Balochistan to always remember a few daunting facts when you take decisions, sign documents and when you lead this war-torn province.

Dr Malik our people are poor, unemployed and they face hunger. Our people still live in caves!!

You must know that more than 50% population in our province lives below poverty line, and situation in worse in rural Balochistan where more than 70% of people live in poverty. Every 7 in 10 household in Balochistan are food insecure, meaning they have no access to food or there is no availability of food.

Dr.Malik let’s take a look at health in Balochistan.

Do you know that our future is at stake?  More than half of children under age of 5 in Balochistan are chronically malnourished, and the condition is irreversible. Malnutrition will affect a child’s health making the child more prone to disease, it will affect their cognitive skills resulting in loss of productivity and thus affecting their socio-economic adult lives.16% of the malnourished children are suffering from severely acute malnutrition – this is above the World Health Organization threshold of a emergency.

If a child is born in Balochistan there are high chances he/she may not live to see his 5th birthday.89 in every thousand children under 5 years of age die mainly from conditions as “Diarrhea”, “Pneumonia” and vaccine preventable infections. Even though there are programs such as Expanded Program on Immunization and Polio Eradication Initiative working in Balochistan only 35% of the children in the province are fully immunized which his lowest in the cou

 

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ntry. Moreover, Quetta, Pishin and Killa-Abdullah are kno

wn as the Highest Risk areas for polio in world.

Dr. Malik being a medical doctor you must be well aware of the fact that theMaternal Mortality in Balochistan is highest in South Asia. 81% of the deliveries are not carried out by any skilled birth attendants putting mothers at risk of losing their life. In fact when you compare it to the world ranking Balochistan would rank in top 15 countries with highest m
ortality rates in the world. Every one of two women are anemic and micronutrient deficient.

You know more than me that an individual spends a handful of money and travels for miles to get to a health

facility. When he reaches a Basic Health Unit he receives inadequate health services, there is poor management, staff is absent,

the numbers of trained professionals are limited and there is no accountability for any of this. Story of hospitals is even worse there are only a few hospitals in the province, severely mismanaged and overburdened leading to further deterioration of health overall.

The truth is positions in Health department are highly politicized, nonqualified inefficient individuals wit

h strong linkages with ministers get to managerial positions in the sector damaging the system through mismanagement, lack of accountability and corruption.

You were former Education Minister of the province, while your party boycotted the elections this is how education in Balochistan is now.

Dr.Malik frequently when I hear people talking about people of Balochistan they refer to us as “Jahil” and that word kills me, because people don’t know our struggle for education. When some of us survive this struggle as Dr Mazaar Khan did and they get killed, or Zakir Majeed who get abducted it only throws us hundreds of years back.

But Dr Malik how can I tell people we are not “Jahil” when more than one million children of primary school going age are out of schools. 77% of the primary school age group do not attend elementary schools .The National Education Survey suggests that three fourth of our population is illiterate, where female literacy in rural Baluchistan is lower than 10%. .

How can it get better when only 30% of our schools are in a satisfactory condition and services are not existent ?  Various data sources suggest that there are thousands of ghost schools and teachers in Balochistan .

Someone lucky enough to survive the unfortunate circumstances of primary and secondary education will come to notice that there are only three universities in Balochistan for higher education and two of them have already been targeted by the extremist groups. Dr.Malik you and I both know how hard it is for a gir

l to get education , it’s a life time effort… an endless fight , and when these girls get to university only some of them are

 

A school in Balochistan

allowed to work. When some of these girls get killed on roads as they did this week it only stops other girls to put that effort and fight that fight.

I am not much familiar with infrastructure development however I know for a fact that as soon as you enter suburbs of Quetta, the roads become rough and at some point within a few hours they end. As soon as you are out of Quetta you see

poverty in Pakistan’s richest province.

Our challenges regarding health and education are long term and they need long term planning. Security is the major hurdle in any of our progress I agree… But political recruitments, no regards to merit, lack of accountability, and corruption are killing more people. When you chose your team and when you sit on the seat remember that many of us don’t have food to eat, many of us die due to lack of facilities and many of us may never read a book because our own people failed us.

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BuzzFeed Reveals Letter Sent by Zainab Al-Khawaja about Her Sufferings in Prison with Infant Son Abdulhadi

BuzzFeed Reveals Letter Sent by Zainab Al-Khawaja about Her Sufferings  in Prison with Infant Son Abdulhadi | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The BuzzFeed News website revealed that Maryam Al-Khawaja sent screenshots of a handwritten letter by Zainab Al-Khawaja to BuzzFeed News describing her sufferings inside Isa Town Women's Prison along with her 18-month-old son.
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Bahraini Activist Gets Year in Jail for Ripping Up King's Photo

Bahraini Activist Gets Year in Jail for Ripping Up King's Photo | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The daughter of a well-known Bahraini human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for delivering the ultimate insult to her country's king: ripping up a picture of him, Reuters... Crime & Courts News Summaries. | Newser
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Bahrain: Opposition Leader Denied Right to Meet His Lawyers - Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society

Bahrain: Opposition Leader Denied Right to Meet His Lawyers - Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, said he is being denied right to discussion with his legal representatives as his appeal approaches on 14th October 2015. The court and prison administration are refusing to respect confidentiality between Salman and his defense panel and, he has not been allowed to receive ...
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A Bahraini doctor — tortured and imprisoned for treating patients — pleads to the US for help | GlobalPost

A Bahraini doctor — tortured and imprisoned for treating patients — pleads to the US for help | GlobalPost | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A letter from severely overcrowded Jaw Prison.
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PAKISTAN atrocity: Rats of Shah Dola !

PAKISTAN atrocity: Rats of Shah Dola ! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What was the first thing you thought of after looking at above picture? I am sure you must have thought that the guy in picture must be suffering from some genetic disorder or disease which has made him look so woeful. But this is not the case with him or with thousands of his kind, he is one of ten thousands of “Rats of Shah Dola” or “Dolay Shah de Chohay”. Their heads were donned with iron helmets when they were infants to make sure that their head don’t grow naturally and they don’t have a normal healthy life. A very sad and sickening story is on your way.
A saint belonging from Seherwardi School of thought from Aurangzeb Era, Shah Dola in Gujrat (Punjab, Pakistan) claimed that he had the power to punish the disobedient parents in the form of children with small heads. He used to put an iron cap on children and get them to his shrine to help him by begging and getting him money, those ill-fated children were called as “Rats of Shah Dola” or Dola Shah ke Chouhey. From then this sickening ritual actually started. People started to believe that Shah Daula has the power of making incapable women fertile, it was also made famous that those women who were blessed with children after praying at the shrine will donate their first born baby to shrine to be a “Rat of Shah Dola” or the rest of their children will born disabled. So as a result thousands of women visit the shrine every month and hundreds of newly born babies are left at the shrine to become a Rat of Shah Daula’s Shrine, making him mentally handicapped and spending all his life being dependant on others.

There may be above 10,000 Rats of Shah Daulas in Pakistan. Most of them are in Punjab specially in the city of Gujrat who beg for Shah Dola’s Shrine. This is a very sad example of human rights violation that too in the name of religion, people make use of the religion for their personal gains more often than not.
The saddest part is the role of people in this issue. They are too patsy to pray on a shrine to get blessed with a child and leave their newly born babies in the premises of shrine to get his head donned in a steel helmet and to spend his whole life begging for the shrine being a mentally retard. No role of government have been observed lately to stop this inhumane practice and by the look of it, it seems like this practice is going to continue in years and years to come.

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ABUSE TO THE LOWEST DEGREE THAT EFFECTS XHILDREN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES~ WRONGLY JUGDED BECAUSE MOST JUST BY LOOKING WANT KNOW WHY AND MOST WANT TAKE THE TIME TO FIND OUT! MY GOD  ON THE CHILDREN TREATED AS SUCH AND LORD DEAL WITH THOSE THAT HAVE, IS AND CONTINUE TO HARM CHILDREN IN SUCH INTENTIONALLY INFLICTED HORRIFIC WAYS! FOR WE PLACE THEM ALL IN YOUR HANDS

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Al Khawaja’s Secret Hunger Strike Gone Public in Protest of Torture in a Bahraini Prison · Global Voices

Al Khawaja’s Secret Hunger Strike Gone Public in Protest of Torture in a Bahraini Prison · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini Human Rights defender Abulhadi Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for 24 days in protest of the continuing violations and torture of inmates in Jaw prison as authorities ignore calls for investigation.
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Open Letter from Nabeel Rajab to President Obama

Open Letter from Nabeel Rajab to President Obama | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
From: Nabeel Rajab
President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Isa Town Detention Center
Bahrain

Dear President Obama,

I write to you from a Bahraini jail cell, and this message was never meant to go beyond its walls. Even though I have never advocated for violence nor harmed another living soul, I have spent 28 of the last 36 months in a Bahraini prison for actions that can only be counted as crimes in a nation that stifles free expression and criminalizes open assembly. I have documented my government’s use of torture. I have reported on civilian casualties in Yemen. I have held a different opinion than that of a king. In retaliation, I may spend the next ten years of my life in jail.


While my government punishes me for demanding an end to its assault on civil and political rights, other GCC states, especially Saudi Arabia, subject human rights defenders to harsher abuse. Their repression can be seen in the flogging of free speech activist Raif Badawi and the death sentence against the religious scholar and human rights advocate Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi courts even sentenced Raif’s lawyer, Waleed abu al-Khair, to 15 years in prison. We as human rights defenders are targeted for giving voice to the marginalized, people seeking to take the reins of their own destiny; our governments do everything in their power to prevent us from acting upon the best ideals of our conscience.

The message you directed toward your Gulf allies last week laid the foundation for real change. Your words tacitly acknowledged what we in the region understand: only democracy can bring stability to the Middle East. And while democracy may take time to develop, the process cannot begin unless our right to free speech is protected. Right now, our governments divide us along religious lines, preventing us from collectively challenging extremism within our societies. As well, our rulers aggressively punish critics of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. We simply ask, however, for greater democratic participation in our nation’s affairs, and the ability to freely express our contempt for violence and extremism.

I thank your administration for calling for my release, and the release of my fellow human rights defenders. I urge you to defend our right to free speech when you meet with the monarchs of the Gulf, and call for:

The immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners;
An end to the criminalization of free speech and expression, including any laws against criticism of government institutions or defamation of a king;
The cessation of all acts of torture and reprisal in GCC detention centers; and
The protection of free and open civil society space capable of fostering long-term stability and growth in the region.
The citizens of Bahrain and her neighbors have extraordinary potential. With unshackled voices, we can build stability and challenge extremism. What we need today is space for tolerance, plurality, and honest dialogue, the foundations of a democratic process that the reprisals against me and my colleagues seek to undermine.

 
Yours Sincerely,

Nabeel Rajab
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US: Human Rights Watch Sues Over Surveillance | Human Rights Watch

US: Human Rights Watch Sues Over Surveillance | Human Rights Watch | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
(Washington, DC) – Human Rights Watch filed suit on April 7, 2015, against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of the organization’s telephone calls to foreign countries.

The DEA disclosed the existence of its mass surveillance program in January 2015, after a federal judge ordered the government to disclose more information about the program. The agency made the disclosure in a criminal case against a man accused of violating export restrictions on goods to Iran.

“At Human Rights Watch we work with people who are sometimes in life or death situations, where speaking out can make them a target,” said Dinah PoKempner, general counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Whom we communicate with and when is often extraordinarily sensitive – and it’s information that we wouldn’t turn over to the government lightly.”

Human Rights Watch is represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has filed a series of legal challenges against unconstitutional government surveillance.
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Bahrani Professor’s Abrupt Citizenship Revocation Violates Universal Human Rights Declaration

Bahrani Professor’s Abrupt Citizenship Revocation Violates Universal Human Rights Declaration | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain's Interior Ministry revoked Dr. Masaud Jahromi's citizenship without notice or opportunity to respond, on grounds of "terrorist activities" or "advocating regime change through illegal means." OUR PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES The Jahromi Archive Jahromi, Chair of the Ahlia University's Computer Science Department, has never participated in either of these. CCS wrote protesting such arbitrary denial of his basic human right to his nationality and deplored Jahromi being associated with known terro
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Is Bahrain the New Apartheid State?

Is Bahrain the New Apartheid State? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
It's an obvious analogy: There is a minority (mostly Sunni) elite ruling over a (mostly Shia) majority. The last few years have seen systematic discrimination, a repression of fundamental rights, and torture and deaths in custody. People aren't divid...
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Text of Swedish diplomat's speech not given before the Arab League

Secretary General, Excellencies, dear friends,

It is a great honour for me to be standing here today. To be here in Egypt, in Cairo, in this building - the House of Arabs, is special. Egypt has always played an indispensable political, economic and cultural role in the region. And it is here that the Arab world, Africa and Europe meet.....

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ACLU: Snowden Proved NSA Internet Spying Harms Americans

ACLU: Snowden Proved NSA Internet Spying Harms Americans | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The suit filed in federal court in Maryland accuses the NSA of scooping up virtually everything sent via the Internet between Americans and people outside the United States, and then scouring it to identify and monitor foreign intelligence targets.

A similar challenge was turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court, which said the plaintiffs couldn't prove they'd been harmed. This lawsuit says that's changed since the government confirmed the surveillance after its scope and details were leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

This "upstream" surveillance of the Internet's "backbone" of digital networks reaches far beyond any individuals the government is targeting to combat terror attacks, and violates constitutional protections of free speech and privacy, the plaintiffs say.

ACLU staff attorney Patrick Toomey said Tuesday that Snowden's leaks changed the whole legal paradigm.

"We believe the Snowden disclosures will make an immense difference in how this case will play out," Toomey said. "Prior to Snowden, the public had never heard of upstream surveillance. But based on those disclosures and what the government has acknowledged itself, we know the government isn't just surveilling its targets, its surveilling everyone."
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Bahrain : Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain : Ongoing judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the judicial harassment of Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), FIDH Deputy Secretary General and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East Division.URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY New Information BHR 001 / 0812 / OBS 048.14 Judicial harassment Bahrain March 5, 2015The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the (...)
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Bahrain ramps up opposition chief Ali Salman's sentence

Bahrain ramps up opposition chief Ali Salman's sentence | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sheikh Ali Salman's jail term increased to nine years from original four on charges of incitement against government.
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Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Zainab Al-Khawaja - Worldwide Movement for Human Rights

Bahrain: Ongoing judicial harassment against Ms. Zainab Al-Khawaja - Worldwide Movement for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
URGENT APPEAL - THE OBSERVATORY New information BHR 002 / 0914 / OBS 075.3 Ongoing judicial harassment Bahrain October 13, 2015 The Observatory (...)
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HUMAN Rights are not Allowed in Bahrain!

HUMAN Rights are not Allowed in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Right Moves on Bahrain | Commentary - Beltway Insiders

The 19th Century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard had it right when he said, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

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Bahraini Political Prisoner Ibrahim Sharif Released after “Completing his Sentence” · Global Voices

Bahraini Political Prisoner Ibrahim Sharif Released after “Completing his Sentence” · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In a surprise move, Bahrain released politician Ibrahim Sharif, jailed in March 2011, following massive anti-government protests. Is Bahrain moving towards actual reform?
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Sudan Used Cluster Bombs on Civilians, Human Rights Watch Charges

Sudan Used Cluster Bombs on Civilians, Human Rights Watch Charges | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch has accused the government of Sudan of using banned cluster bombs on civilian areas in the southern part of the country.
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Human rights court: Beating at G-8 summit was torture - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Human rights court: Beating at G-8 summit was torture - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
STRASBOURG, France — Europe’s top human rights court ruled Tuesday that the unpunished police beating of a 62-year-old man during the 2001 protests at the G-8 summit in the Italian city of Genoa amounted to torture, vindicating hundreds of protesters who claimed they were brutally abused during a police raid.

The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights awarded Arnaldo Cestaro $48,900 and said Italy must change its laws to criminalize torture.

The 2001 summit was marked by violent confrontations between black-clad protesters and police, and resulted in the first shooting death of an anti-globalization activist by police fire.
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CHANGE ALL AROUND THE WORLD!  CRIMES AGAINST BLACK PROTESTERS BY POLICE IN ITALY IS NOT TOLERATED EVEN IF IT TAKES YEARS TO BRING THE FINDING DECISION "BLACK LIVES" DO MATTER !! STOP THE POLICE VIOLENCE!

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NASUWT: NASUWT denounces continued imprisonment of Bahraini teachers leader

NASUWT: NASUWT denounces continued imprisonment of Bahraini teachers leader | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has called for the unconditional release of a teachers’ trade union leader on the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment by the Bahraini authorities.

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, President of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA), was arrested in 2011 for nothing more than his commitment to organising and representing the interests of teachers and calling for quality education for all children and young people in Bahrain.
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MAN CAN DO UNJUST THINGS BUT GOD JUSTICE WILL REIGN ON ALL JUST WAIT A WHILE.GOD WILL SET THE UNJUST IMPRISONED BY MAN FREE WATCH AND SEE! THE TIME IS COMING NO MAN CAN STOP GOD!

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Bahrain arrests activist Rajab over tweets - ministry

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain police arrested prominent democracy activist Nabeel Rajab on Thursday for comments he made on his Twitter account seen as harmful to civil peace, the kingdom's interior ministry
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Balochistan: 17th of March demonstration

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Rights Group: Inmates Injured in Clashes at Bahrain Prison

Rights Group: Inmates Injured in Clashes at Bahrain Prison | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahraini security forces tear-gassed and beat inmates at a prison on Tuesday while trying to quell clashes that erupted during family visits, a local human rights group said, causing some injurie...
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INJURIES EVEN DURING FAMILY VISITS DOCUMENTED! WHY NOT IN SOME PRISONS IN THE U.S. LIKE RIKERS ISLAND

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PressTV-Bahrain women face discrimination

PressTV-Bahrain women face discrimination | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain’s female activists say women in the country face discrimination, marginalization and exclusion under the rule of Al Khalifa regime.

The Women Affairs Unit in Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, called on human rights organizations and campaigners to shed light on the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.

“As the world celebrates International Women Day on 8th March, Bahraini women continue to suffer from marginalization, exclusion and discrimination for raising demands for legitimate rights to democracy and justice in Bahrain,” the women activists said in a statement.
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