Geneva: Demonstration held against human rights violations in Balochistan and Sindh

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Baloch Human rights Council and World Sindhi Congress on Monday held a joint demonstration in front of UNO’s office in Switzerland Geneva, on the occasion of the UN’s 45th Annual Session of the Human Rights. 

Human rights activists from Pashtun, Kashmiri and other ethnic groups also took part in the demonstration, expressing solidarity with the Baloch and Sindhi nations and expressed concerns over military operations and exploitation in their areas.

The demonstration was organized by Samad Baloch, secretary General of BHRC, while secretary General of World Sindhi Congress, Doctor Lakhu Lohana, Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leader from Italy, Keehan Khan and human rights activist Anila Gulzar addressed the protest.

The protesters called on the United Nations and the international communities to act on its mandate and promises without any hindrance or political pressure to stop Pakistan from committing genocide of Baloch and Sindhis and to abide international law and human rights. Make it clear that Pakistan itself is a signatory to these agreements and laws.

Various banners were hanged at the protest site to highlight the abduction of citizens and various human rights violations in Sindh and Balochistan by Pakistani establishment.

The protestors were carrying banners with demands, “government officials and institutions responsible for war crimes and human rights violations  in Balochistan, should be prosecuted in the International Court of Justice”. 

At the end of the protest, representatives of the Baloch Human Rights Council presented a documentary memorandum to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which highlighted important issues related to human rights violations in Balochistan, the memorandum also demanded immediate attention of rights violations in the region.

Whereas, according to reports from the coastal city of Gwadar in Balochistan, various political parties on Monday staged a protest against the attitude of Pakistani security forces.

The protest was staged against the humiliating and bad behaviour of Pakistani forces at various check posts.

Protestors claimed that security forces are humiliating Baloch women, children, adults and students on everyday basis at the check-points.

Apart from Jamaat-e-Islami, PPP and Balochistan National Party, other local parties of Gwadar also took part in the protest and recorded their protest against the attitude of the security forces.

While addressing the protestors, the speakers strongly condemned the attitude of the security forces and said that humiliation of Baloch women and children should be stopped in the name of security.

“Women, children and the elderly do not matter in front of the soldiers standing at the check posts,” they said.


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