BHRC expressed concerns over the omission of Balochistan’s Humanitarian crisis in UN’s Global Update Statement

London: March 29, 2021

The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) has communicated its serious concerns to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, over the omission of the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Balochistan in the Global Update Statement submitted by her excellency on 26 February 2021 during the 46th session of the Human Rights Council.

In a letter, BHRC executive president Dr Naseer Dashti expressed his shock that despite the details of such atrocities being published in the national media and reported by international human rights organizations, the august institution such as the UN High Commission for Human rights can ignore what is happening in Balochistan. He observed that the Baloch Human Rights Council and families of the victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan are disappointed by the exclusion of Pakistani atrocities in Balochistan.

The letter which included a list of many cases of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan in the year 2020, informed the High Commissioner that the human rights violations in Balochistan by the Pakistani state has many aspects and include the enforced disappearance of political and social activists, extra-judicial killings, the formation of death squads by the army, the formation of proxy militant religious organizations, open patronization of the narcotics business, and the ruthless exploitation of natural resources by Chinese corporations. 

Michelle Bachelet was requested not only to take a personal interest to investigate the oversight in the report whether it is intentional or unintentional on the part of the people who prepared it but it was also demanded that a UN fact-finding mission should investigate extra-judicial killings and mass disappearances of the Baloch political and social activists. It was also demanded that perpetrators of the heinous crimes against humanity in Balochistan should be brought to justice by initiating cases against them in the international court of justice in The Hague.

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