BHRC demands UN intervention in the proper investigation into the KarimA Baloch’s Death

The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) has demanded the United Nations intervention for a proper investigation into the death of Baloch political activist Karima Mehrab. 

In a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, BHRC’s Executive President Dr. Naseer Dashti has drawn the attention of the UN chief on the matter of the mysterious death of Karima Baloch in Toronto.

Secretary-General was requested to take personal initiative to ask the Canadian authorities for conducting a thorough investigation considering the context in which Karima Baloch had fled Pakistan. The letter also demanded that a United Nation committee should take the matter into its consideration. 

The letter has drawn attention to the ongoing conflict between the Baloch and Pakistani state in which the Pakistani state establishment has responded violently to the genuine demands of the Baloch people to be provided with the rights and opportunities to live a dignified life according to their socio-cultural values. It has reacted to the genuine demand of the Baloch people for the right of self-determination as enshrined in the United Nation charter with full military might. Because of a protracted conflict between the Baloch and Pakistan, thousands of the Baloch socio-political activists and human rights defenders were compelled to flee and seek refuge in different countries of the world.

The letter has drawn the attention of the Secretary-General towards the fact that human rights violations by Pakistan are not limited to the socio-economic exploitation, destruction of the language, culture, enforced disappearances, and physical elimination of the Baloch in Balochistan but it appears that it has expanded its activities outside Pakistan and its secret services are believed to be behind the enforced disappearance and mysterious deaths of different Baloch activists who have taken refuge in different regions particularly in Europe and North America. 

The letter reminded the UN chief that unfortunately, repeated calls by the Baloch political parties and human rights organizations have failed to galvanize international intervention or any meaningful action by the United Nations to press Pakistan to change its course of action to spare innocent civilians and dissidents from this violence. Due to this indifference, the innocent Baloch civilians in general and the Baloch socio-political workers and human rights defenders continue to be targeted inside and outside Balochistan with impunity.

The letter requested the good office of the Secretary-General to seriously look into the matter of Karima Baloch’s mysterious death so this could exemplify to bring an end to the systematic violence of the state against the Baloch dissidents and incentivize the United Nations and the international community to pave way for a peaceful resolution of the Baloch conflict with Pakistan.

BHRC demands a thorough investigation into the death of Karima Baloch

London:

The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) has expressed grave concern about the death of well-known political leader Karima Baloch in Toronto. Considering Karima Baloch’s political profile and her death in mysterious circumstances, we demand a thorough investigation into the matter.

Karima Baloch was a prominent political and human rights figure who challenged the criminal policies of the state establishment of Pakistan in Balochistan. She led the Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-Azad), most vocal of the students’ organizations that campaigned for the right to self-determination of the people of Balochistan. BSO-Azad was banned by the state authorities in 2013. Many of its members and leaders were extra-judicially murdered and forcibly disappeared. Considering the threat to her life, Karima Baloch fled Pakistan and sought refuge in Canada in 2015.

In fact, thousands of Baloch socio-political activists have been compelled to flee Pakistan for their lives and seek refuge in different countries of the world where they continue to raise awareness about the human rights and humanitarian challenges facing the Baloch people in Pakistan. Karima was one of those strong voices in the western world.

Karima was found dead in Toronto on Monday 22 December, after having been missing for a day. The Police determined the case as a non-criminal death, however, there is an increasing demand from the Baloch human rights and political organizations demanding that the case be investigated as a murder.

We also take this opportunity to extend our sympathies to her family. According to Karima Baloch’s family and friends, she had recently received threats from unknown individuals because of her political and human rights activities. We share her family’s concerns surrounding Karima’s case and, therefore, urge the Toronto Police to consider and evaluate all the relevant factors and information to conclude.