Germany: BNM protests against killing of Hanif Chamrok, Enforced Disappearances in Balochistan

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Baloch National Movement Germany Zone staged a protest in Köln City of Germany against the Enforced Disappearances and assassination of Hanif Chamrok and Baloch genocide.

The spokesman of the Baloch National Movement said that protest was held in Germany as part of an international awareness campaign against genocide and serious human rights violations in Balochistan over the past two decades. Apart from party workers, locals also took part in the demonstration. Protesters held banners and placards and chanted slogans against Pakistan.

The protesters distributed pamphlets and chanted slogans for the release of thousands of Baloch missing persons. They also spoke against the Baloch genocide and human rights violations by Pakistan in Balochistan. BNM activists condemned the killing of Hanif Chamrok, the father of prominent human rights activist Tayyaba Baloch.

“Pakistan has turned the Baloch homeland into a slaughterhouse. On the one hand, the state army and intelligence agencies are playing Holi with the blood of the Baloch, on the other hand, death squads consisting of criminals, with support of the army and the intelligence agencies, have made life difficult for the Baloch. They killed Hanif Chamrok, the father of political and human rights activist Tayyaba Baloch and a well-known artist, in Turbat,” Spokesman said. The assassination of Hanif Chamrok was to kill a Baloch as well as to punish Tayyaba Baloch, a political and human rights activist, and to silence her voice but Tayyaba Baloch dipped her pen in her father’s blood and wrote the words in the form of a press conference at Kech Press Club in which she expressed that Pakistan’s defeat is obvious, he added.

He further stated that the international campaign of the Baloch National Movement against the killers of thousands of Baloch like Hanif Chamrok and for national liberation is going on. We make it clear to international human rights organizations that their silence is a clear reason for the bloodshed of the Baloch. Their further silence will make the international community indebted to the Baloch nation.

Hanif Chamrok, an artist by profession, who was shot dead, when he was sitting with his friends outside his music club. The pillion-riding masked assailants managed to flee after the attack. 

Tayyaba Baloch has been campaigning for human rights in Balochistan for many years. She is affiliated with the Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB).

The motive behind the assassination of Hanif Chamrok has not been ascertained so far. However, political activists from the region claim that family members of rights activists are targeted to pressurise and silence activists.

A day earlier while talking to a press conference, Tayyaba Baloch said that she is being constantly threatened by the “state elements” for her activisim. “Pakistan will be responsible if any ill befalls me or my family”, she said.

Jasim Baloch, the Deputy Unit Secretary of NRW said, “Balochistan is a historical land. We have our history, culture, and language. Baloch land is occupied by Pakistan and Pakistan is violating Human rights in Balochistan. People from every walk of life are being disappeared by Pakistani security forces. It is the duty of the United Nations, the European Union, and the civilized world to raise voice against these injustices that Pakistan has been committing in Balochistan. No one is safe in Balochistan.”

Baloch National Movement member Shazia Baloch stated: “Human rights violations in Balochistan have reached its pinnacle. In the last two decades approximately 40,000 persons, including women, children, students, doctors, political activists, social workers and people from all walks of life became victims of enforced disappearances. Likewise, more than 10,000 persons were extra-judicially killed by the Pakistan army and intelligence agencies. Moreover, their mutilated and decomposed bodies were thrown in inhabited and desolated areas,” she said.

Emman Baloch said: “Brutalities in Balochistan go unreported in international media. Pakistan has turned Balochistan into a no-go area for media; there is a complete media blackout. Therefore, crimes against humanity in Balochistan committed by the Pakistan army, intelligence agencies and security forces go unnoticed.


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