BHRC Conference: The Baloch national struggle for the right to self-determination must be recognized without any delays

Geneva: The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) on Wednesday hosted a conference on Balochistan outside the United Nations building in Geneva. The conference entitled, “Genocide in Balochistan and the role of the international community” highlighted the unabated grave violations of human rights in Balochistan by the religious states of Pakistan and Iran and expressed concern over the silence of the international community on these states’ crimes against humanity and genocide in Balochistan which according to the participants has encouraged these states to continue their repressive policies against the Baloch without the fear of legal repercussions. 

Testimonies of families of the victims of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings were played in the conference along with a short documentary providing a historical context of the prevailing human rights situation in Balochistan.

A distinguished panel of journalists, human rights defenders and policymakers participated in the conference and demanded that the international community should play a more engaging role in the peaceful resolution of the Baloch conflict with Iran and Pakistan.

The prominent among the speakers were Taha Siddiqui, Ryszard Czarnecki, Dr Lakhu Luhana, Aasha Khosa, Hatim Baloch, Baseer Naweed, Jamshaid Amiri and Hassan Hamdam. Qambar Malik Baloch moderated the session while Hassan Hamdam chaired the conference. Ryszard Czarnecki the member of the European Parliament was the chief guest of the conference.

In a series of tweets, Taha Siddiqui slammed Pakistan military over its dirty role in Balochistan. He briefed the audience about how the mainstream media in Pakistan is strictly controlled by the military establishment who have imposed a media blackout in Balochistan to hide their crimes from the rest of the world.

Guhraam Baloch, a human rights activist from the Netherlands read the conference declaration, summarizing the conclusion of the conference that affirmed the following.

  • The conference demands that the international community and the United Nations must as a legal and moral obligation come forward to the rescue of the Baloch and must exert meaningful pressure on Pakistan to stop the physical and cultural genocide of the Baloch without delay.
  • The conference demands that the enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killing of Baloch socio-political workers and human rights defenders must stop, and all the perpetrators of human rights violations must be tried in the International Court of Justice. 
  • The conference demands that every kind of resource exploitation by China and Pakistan in Balochistan must be stopped 
  • This conference while expressing concerns over the silence of the international community and the United Nations on crimes against humanity and genocide in Balochistan perpetrated by Iran and Pakistan, demands that a UN fact-finding mission must be sent to Balochistan to ascertain the extent of the human rights and humanitarian challenges facing the people of Balochistan.
  • The conference while affirming that the Baloch national struggle for the right to self-determination is in accord with the spirits of the UN Declarations on the colonized nations, demands that it must be acknowledged and recognized without further delays.

The human rights violations in Balochistan must stop: BHRC

Geneva: March 6, 2020

While highlighting the atrocities being perpetrated on the Baloch, the BHRC representative Qambar Malik Baloch in his intervention during the general debate on item 3 of the 43rd Session of the UNHRC demanded that the human rights violations in Balochistan must be stopped.

He drew the attention of the council to the human rights violations being perpetrated by the Iranian and Pakistani states against the Baloch people who need urgent attention from the international community.

The BHRC representative asked the council to take notice of thousands of the Baloch political activists whose whereabouts are not known while thousands have been the victim of the kill and dump policy of the Pakistani state. He said that the physical elimination of the Baloch political and human rights activists by Pakistan is to counter the Baloch national struggle for the right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN conventions. 

Bringing the attention of the council on the socio-cultural and economic exploitation of the Baloch, he observed that in their assimilation strategies, the Iranian and Pakistani states are denying education in the Balochi language and cherished Baloch cultural values are being degraded by their media. He said that Balochistan is rich but its people are kept poor because of the ruthless exploitation of resources to the advantage of Punjabi and Persian nations. Pointing to the disgusting role of China, he pointed out that now, China is emerging as a new colonial power in Balochistan eyeing the Baloch resources under the CPEC.

He asked the council president that as according to UN conventions, these actions of the Iranian and Pakistani States are genocide acts, appropriate actions should be taken and immediate and meaningful intervention should be initiated to stop the atrocities on the Baloch. 

An Open Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Date: 10/02/2020

His Excellency Mr. António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General
U.N. Headquarters
New York, NY 10017
The U.S.A.

Dear Mr. António Guterres,

On behalf of the Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC), we would like to thank you for your services to the global community in promoting international harmony, peace and security. The BHRC is an international rights organization working for the protection and promotion of the rights of the people of Balochistan in Iran and Pakistan since 2008. We have organized several campaigns in Geneva, Switzerland and have written to the UN top officials on numerous occasions about the appalling human rights situation facing the Baloch people in the religious fundamentalist states of Iran and Pakistan.

The news of your upcoming visit to Pakistan has come as a great hope for the marginalized people of Balochistan who have long been calling for UN help to bring an end to their decades’ old miseries. We have been highlighting the fact in our previous letters to the UN that the security agencies of Pakistan have been carrying out a systematic genocide of the Baloch people for the last fifteen years. Subsequently, thousands of houses are being attacked, villages are being burnt, and properties are being ransacked. Women, children and elderly people are being humiliated on a daily basis. The enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings of political and human rights activists have become a norm in Balochistan, where security agencies are operating with impunity. The security agencies’ modus-operandi is to abduct, torture, and hold the activists incommunicado for indefinite periods. These inhuman acts are being carried out in order to silence the voice raised by the Baloch people for their genuine socio-economic rights and their right to self-determination.

Our data that can also be corroborated with the various independent human rights organizations including the Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, shows that more than 5,000 Baloch political activists, leaders, and human rights defenders have been forcibly disappeared by the security forces and thousands of them have been extra-judicially murdered with more than 500 of them murdered in 2019 alone.

Economic exploitation is another aspect of the human rights violations by Pakistan. The so-called mega projects in Balochistan including Duddar, Saindak, RekoDiq have all been leased out to Chinese corporations against the will of the Baloch people. They are ruthlessly exploiting natural resources, going against the standards of business ethics and eco-friendly approaches leaving far-reaching damages to the environment. The irony is that despite their wealth in natural resources, the people of Balochistan live below the poverty line.

The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has further aggravated the socio-cultural situation in Balochistan. The villages falling en route to the CPEC projects are being forcibly displaced and the lands are being allotted to the Chinese without the consent of the people and without any compensations.

Above all is the state-sponsored religious extremism that is being practiced in Balochistan by the state security forces. The UN-designated terrorist groups including the splinter groups of Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are being provided shelter and support by the security forces of Pakistan to counter the Baloch national resistance. Due to huge financial support extended to these groups by the state, the number of religious seminaries (madrassas) has spiked to over 14,000 whereas the number of schools all over Balochistan remains 13,000. The re-grouping of religious groups with the complicit support of the state runs the risk of endangering the current regional and international order. It is endangering the already delicate situation of peace and security in the region.

Your Excellency,

Pakistan is fighting a war against the Baloch people for the last two decades. It is a war without witnesses. The province has been declared a no go area by the security agencies. National and international media, human rights groups and social activists are banned to enter the province for the last 15 years.

In the light of the above-mentioned facts, we request your good office to personally visit Balochistan and meet the family members of the victims of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial murders.

Dear Mr. Secretary General,

The situation in Balochistan requires your urgent attention. Your personal intervention can save many lives. It can end the miseries of many hundreds of disappeared people and their family members. Besides visiting Balochistan personally and meeting the victims of state terrorism, we would like to request the constitution of a fact-finding mission to ascertain the gravity of the human rights situation in Balochistan.

We demand justice for the Baloch people and failing to do so is letting down a people who are being minced under the powerful jaws of the military establishment of a recognized rogue state. We believe that no individual or state should be above the international laws. Those who are responsible for grave violations of human rights in Balochistan must be held accountable.

With the highest personal regards,

Yours sincerely,

Samad Baloch

General Secretary
Baloch Human Rights Council

Email: smdbaloch@yahoo.co.uk
Contact number: 0044 (0) 7825087032

Baloch Human Rights Council raised finance in aid of Flood victims in Balochistan

London: The Baloch Human Rights Council – BHRC has raised £2,500 an
equivalent of 137061774.93 Iranian Rial to pass along to relief organizations
helping the flood victims in western Balochistan.

The money was raised and will be passed on to the victims by the BHRC
President Dr Habibullah Malik and Jamshaid Amiri, the BHRC representative for western Balochistan.

The finance we have gathered is next to nothing if compared to the magnitude of damage been faced by the flood victims, however, it is a token of moral support to our brethren in Balochistan and our sincere thoughts are with them.

We are concerned that despite more than two weeks after the floods, the Iranian authorities have failed to mitigate the damages suffered by the people in men and material in Balochistan. This clearly shows the authorities do not treat the Baloch in the same way it treats the majority ethnicity in Iran. Once again, we appeal to the United Nations and the European Commission to directly intervene in this matter and rescue the people in need.

Berlin Conference Declaration: the humanitarian challenges in Balochistan

Berlin Conference Declaration:

This document summarizes the conclusion of the conference on the Humanitarian challenges in Balochistan held on 11 December 2019 in Berlin by the Human rights organizations working for the protection and promotion of the rights of the people of Balochistan. The organizers of the conference were the Baloch Human Rights Council – BHRC, Baloch Human Rights Organization – BHRO and the Human Rights Council of Balochistan – HRCB 

In the face of grave violation of the human rights in Balochistan and the vulnerable situation facing the Baloch as a national entity, the conference discussed various aspects of human rights and humanitarian challenges in Balochistan. The conference speakers highlighted the plight of the people of Balochistan in the face of unchecked and concentrated brutalities being perpetrated against them by the state security forces of Pakistan for the last many decades. The conference affirms and asserts the following: 

  • Expresses extreme concern on the continuing state-supervised human rights violations in Balochistan and noted that the kill and dump policy adopted by the state security agencies in Balochistan for the last two decades, has costs hundreds of precious lives. 
  • Draws the attention of the international community towards the extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances of the Baloch political and social activists by the army and its proxy death squads. Expresses deep concern at the silent complicity of the international community at the grave violations of human rights in Balochistan and demands that international human rights organizations should step up their efforts against the brutalities of the Pakistani military establishment in Balochistan. 
  • Emphasizes further that the Baloch people are facing a situation where not only their personal security is at stakes but also their socio-cultural values, languages, traditional knowledge system, and way of life are suppressed violently and religious extremism is being promoted in Baloch society in order to dilute their demand for the right of self-determination.  
  • Expresses concern over the fact that being one of the richest lands in the world, the people of Balochistan are among the poorest of the poor. This is because of the systematic disenfranchisement of Baloch and ruthless exploitation of their resources by the Pakistani state in the benefit of Punjab under the pretext of various controversial mega-projects including the most recent and much-hyped China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
  • The Baloch as a nation has the inherent and universal right of self-determination as enshrined in international law, including in the Charter of the United Nations, the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The implementation of the right of self-determination is fundamental for the survival of the Baloch, including their cultural values, languages, religions, economy, and ways of life, land and resources.
  • The international community must come forward and urge the government of Pakistan to refrain from the use of oppressive measures which are in constant disregard of laws, customs and rules, with no regards to vulnerable women and children are leading to human rights violations against the Baloch. It must take immediate measures to ensure that the perpetrators of human rights violations within the Military, paramilitary and proxy organizations of the States to face justice.

Berlin conference calls for Humanitarian Intervention in Balochistan

Berlin, Germany – 11 December 2019: The Baloch human rights groups gathered in Berlin on Wednesday to accentuate the overlooked plight of the people of Balochistan in an attempt to induce the international community to play a more active role in bringing an end to the miseries of the Baloch. 

The conference entitled, “A one-day conference on the humanitarian challenges in Balochistan” was held at the Seminar-Mit-Spreeblick and was jointly organized by the Baloch Human Rights Council – BHRC, Baloch Human Rights Organization – BHRO and the Human Rights Council of Balochistan – HRCB. The organizers of the conference presented a detailed account of the prevailing humanitarian crises in Balochistan and the various challenges facing its people. 

In his opening remarks, Qambar Malik Baloch of BHRC outlined the objectives of the conference and moderated the panel discussion. A short documentary prepared by the Baloch Human Rights Council was played as the conference commenced. The documentary focused on the historical events leading to the existing human rights situation in Balochistan which was followed by detailed presentations by Abdullah Abbas of BHRO, Yousuf Murad of HRCB and Qambar Malik Baloch of BHRC on the cases of extra-judicial killings & enforced disappearances, the plight of Baloch women and children, and the state-sponsored religious extremism in Balochistan respectively. The presentations challenged on the basis of reasoning, data and evidence, the state’s narrative that claims to have provided the Baloch with all the necessities and amenities of life while blaming the foreign powers for the deteriorating situation in Balochistan.

Other prominent speakers included Hans Noot of Human Rights without Frontiers, Sigrid Krieg of Amnesty International, Dr Hidayat Bhutto of World Sindhi Congress and Fernando Burges of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization who sympathized with the Baloch and stressed that the state of Pakistan should respect and act in compliance with the UN declaration of human rights and other conventions that Pakistan is party to.  

According to the panel, the people of Balochistan have been exposed to a systematic and organized campaign of violence by the state authorities of Pakistan resulting in the destruction of their culture, identity and way of life while putting the lives of its people at the risk of annihilation. In recent years, the scale and impact of the atrocities on the people of Balochistan have increased exponentially. Many actions of Pakistan in Balochistan to crush the national aspirations of the Baloch for their right to self-determination, come into the category of crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing. 

The conference voiced its concern on the silence of the western countries and organizations championing the cause of human rights on one of the major humanitarian crises in the world and called for humanitarian intervention in Balochistan to bring peace and stability to its people.

BHRC, BHRO & HRCB are to jointly organize a one day conference on Balochistan in Berlin

The human rights groups working to protect and promote the rights of the people of Balochistan have announced to hold a one-day conference on Balochistan in the capital city of Germany on 11 December 2019.

According to the official social media accounts of Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC), Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) and the Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB), the three organizations are jointly organizing the conference in Berlin, in reference to the occasion of International Human Rights Day.

The conference comes at a time when the Baloch people in Pakistan are facing the worst human rights abuses, being perpetrated by the state authorities. In recent years, the scale and impact of the atrocities have increased exponentially. Many actions of the state in Balochistan come into the category of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The distinguished speakers in the conference will highlight various aspects of human rights violations in Balochistan.

Source: Balochistan Affairs

BHRC intervened to highlight the plight of the Baloch people during the 42nd session of UNHRC.

Geneva: 2019-09-23

The Information Secretary of Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) Qambar Malik Baloch in his intervention speeches on Item 3 and Item 4 during the 42nd UNHRC session drew the attention of the council to the on-going dimensional human rights violation in Balochistan being perpetrated by Pakistan and Iran. He pointed out that the Baloch are being victimized because they are struggling for the ownership of their land and resources, and a life free of all sorts of oppression where they can live in accordance with their cherished socio-cultural values.

Highlighting the systematic use of violence and assimilation strategy as a policy by the ruling regimes of Iran and Pakistan to counter the Baloch struggle for national right to self-determination, BHRC representative revealed that the Baloch are not only faced with physical elimination but also intrusions are made in their socio-cultural and political way of life in a systematic and organized way. 

Qambar Baloch told the assembly that the state of Pakistan has resorted to making way for radical Islam in Balochistan, and thousands of Madrassas (religious schools) are major sources of recruits for internationally designated terror groups like Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the ISIS.  He highlighted the phenomenon of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings of the Baloch socio-political activists and leaders by the security agencies of Pakistan.

He said that the Baloch in Iran are suffering as they have been denied their socio-cultural, religious and political freedoms by the regime of Ayatollahs. They are facing extreme physical torture, summary executions, public hanging, and other inhumane and barbaric acts. BHRC representative said that the irony is that the authorities in both Pakistan and Iran claim these acts of terror against the Baloch are culturally and religiously justified.

Criticizing the so-called developmental projects, Qambar Malik asserted that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other such projects including Saindak and RekoDeq have benefitted the Chinese and the ruling nationality in Pakistan leaving the Baloch economically devastated. 

BHRC representative requested the council’s immediate and meaningful intervention to prevent Pakistan and Iran from continuing the policies which tantamount to genocide of a whole people. He demanded that human rights violations of Baloch must stop and the religious state of Iran and Pakistan must be held accountable.

Baloch Human Rights Council organized another conference entitled, “70 years of subjugation; a case of genocide and crimes against humanity in Balochistan”

PRESS RELEASE:

Geneva, Switzerland – 12/09/2019: Baloch Human Rights Council organized another conference entitled, “70 years of subjugation; a case of genocide and crimes against humanity in Balochistan”. Mr. Qambar Malik of BHRC moderated the conference while the Vice President of BHRC Mr. Hassan Hamdam presided the entire session.

The prominent among the speakers were Secretary General of the UNPO Mr. Ralph Bunche, Vice President of World Sindhi Congress Dr Hidayat Bhutto, President of  institute for Gilgit Baltistan studies Washington DC Mr. Senge H Sering, US based Leader of the Baloch National Movement Mr Nabi Baksh Baloch, Organizer of BHRC-US chapter Mr. Razzak Baloch, and UKPNP Chairman Mr. Shaukat Kashmiri.

Mr. Qambar Malik

In his opening remarks, Mr. Qambar Malik Baloch outlined a few of the core militant strategies the Pakistani authorities have employed to quell the Baloch dissent in Balochistan that has resulted in the extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances of thousands of people from Balochistan.

In most of the documented cases, the perpetrators acted openly in broad daylight, sometimes in busy public areas, with apparently little concern for the presence of numerous witnesses. Several writers, singers, and poets became victims of target killings by security agencies and their proxy death squads since the start of the present conflict added Qambar Malik
 

  • In 2006, the 80 years old Nawab Akbar Bugti, the chief of Bugti tribe, was killed along with his 38 fellows. In the follow-up operations, during 2006 and 2007, army or its death squads killed 349 persons from the Bugti tribe.
     
  • In 2007, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimated the missing persons as 600. According to Baloch sources, in 2007, the army in Balochistan killed 938 Baloch political activists, intellectuals, writers, students, doctors, engineers, and tribal elite. 
  • In 2008, according to the Asian Human Rights Commission and verified by the then Interior Minister of Pakistan, Mr.Rehman Malik, at least 1,100 persons were included in the list of disappeared. According to Baloch sources, during 2008, 1635 Baloch activists were killed either by security forces, intelligence agencies or their proxy militias and death squads.
  • A dossier published by Balochistan National Party (BNP) in 2009 claimed that 9000 people were being illegally detained. During 2009, 1104 people were killed which included well known political figures and intellectual personalities.
  • On 22nd February 2009, an assassination attempt was made on the life of a prominent scholar, writer and Chairman of the Balochi Academy, Mir Jan Muhammad Dashti.
  • On 9 April 2009, president of Baloch National Movement (BNM) Ghulam Muhammad Baloch, vice president, Lala Munir Baloch, and the Joint Secretary of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Sher Muhammad Baloch were picked up from Turbat town by the security agencies. They were killed and their bodies were reportedly thrown from helicopters.
  • On 14 July 2010, Habib Jalib, the General Secretary of Balochistan National Party was murdered by one of the state’s death squads.
  • On June 1, 2011, a literary person Professor Saba Dashtyari was killed by one of the death squads.
  • On April 27, 2016, the interior minister in the government of Balochistan claimed that security forces arrested 12234 persons and killed 334.
  • On August 30, 2016, the Defence of Human Rights organization claimed that 549 people have been kidnapped by the security agencies between January and August. The majority of these persons were from Balochistan.
  • In 2017, Dr. Abdul Manan, the secretary-general of Baloch National Movement along with his four friends were taken into custody in Mastung region of Balochistan and after a few hours, their bodies were found with torture and bullet injuries.
  • The wife of Sardar Bakhtiar Domiki, who was also the sister of Republican Party leader Mir Brahamdag Bugti was killed by the Military Intelligence in 2012 along with her teenage daughter.
  • Many family members of Dr. Allah Nazar who is a prominent leader of Baloch national resistance were murdered by security agencies in recent years. According to the BNM information secretary, during the month of August 2016 alone, 157 mutilated bodies of the Baloch activists were dumped by security forces
  • During the first half of 2019, the mutilated bodies of 97 persons have been dumped in various places.

He added that Sardar Akhtar Mengal, leader of Balochistan National Party submitted a list of the missing persons in the national assembly of Pakistan. Following is the numbers of missing person from 2011 to 2018. Adding that the enforced disappearances of Baloch nationalists and their supporters continue to this date.

  1. 2011                                        82
  2. 2012                                        258
  3. 2013                                        491
  4. 2014                                        229
  5. 2015                                        145
  6. 2016                                        706
  7. 2017                                        1257
  8. 2018                                        564     
Mr. Ralph Bunche

Mr Ralph Bunche in his speech commended BHRC’s choice of choosing an ideal location in front of the UN to highlight the Baloch plight.

He maintained that the Baloch issue has not received the attention it should due to the geopolitical and economic interests of the West. Citing an example, Mr.Bunche indicated that European Union is providing Pakistan with preferential trade access, which is only meant to be available to the countries that respect twenty-seven International human rights conventions and that is categorically not allowed to happen to the countries that have death-penalty like Pakistan. This is majorly because the EU believes it is going to benefit from the Belt & Road Initiative and would not want that to be disrupted. Mr. Bunche called this a disturbing mistake.

Mr. Shaukat Kashmiri

Mr. Shaukat Kashmiri stressed that in order to have our voices heard in the world it is imperative the ethnic minorities in Pakistan make joint efforts and stand against all kinds of injustices being perpetrated by the security forces of Pakistan against its religious and ethnic minorities.

Mr. Nabi Baksh Baloch

Mr. Nabi Baksh Baloch of BNM informed the audience that political dissident in Pakistan is met with brute military force and martial law regulations including ban on politics and political platforms with absolute disregard for civil rights.

Mr. Senge H Sering

Mr. Senge H Sering called for an end of human rights violations in Balochistan. He asserted that the people of Gilgit Baltistan have been made subject to the same kinds of human rights abuses as the people of Balochistan face in Pakistan. What unites Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan is China’s interest in the region in the form of CPEC, therefore, we share the same pain and misery that China has brought in the region.

Mr. Razzak Baloch

Organizer of BHRC US chapter Mr. Razzak Baloch called Pakistan a military state where the rights of the minorities are exploited without the fear of legal repercussions. He called on the International community to take seriously the human rights situation in Balochistan and to ensure a meaningful intervention to refrain Pakistan from further abuse of human rights in Balochistan.

Mr. Hassan Hamdam

Mr. Hassan Hamdam concluded that the intervention of International community is imperative to resolve the Baloch conflict with Pakistan. Every people have the right to self determination as enshrined in the UN charter on human rights. He concluded that BHRC has been highlighting the plight of the people of Balochistan since its inception in 2008 and will continue to expose Pakistan’s crimes in Balochistan at international fora.   

BHRC convened a conference entitled, “State sponsored Religious Terrorism in Balochistan: Regional & International Repercussions”

Geneva, Switzerland – 11/09/2019: BHRC has successfully convened a conference on its second consecutive day of a week-long awareness campaign in Geneva. The conference on Pakistani state engineered ‘Islamization of Balochistan’ was attended by a number of esteemed speakers who brought forth an informed opinion on the phenomenon of Islamization that threatens to gradually erode the foundations of a secular and tolerant Baloch society while giving way to Islamist militants to take roots in Balochistan. 

The chief guest of the seminar was Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki, a senior Polish politician and MEP who was also until recently the vice president of European Parliament. Mr Czarnecki admired the BHRC Tent for being symbolic and for being close to the UN and hoped that the UN will not be silent and deaf for the Human Rights violations being perpetrated by Pakistan in Balochistan. He asserted that Pakistan cannot be a friend of Europe without its commitment to human rights principles that Europe cherishes and until it stops harboring and funding the Islamist militants that are close to its heart, and are actively involved in murdering the religious and ethnic minorities in Balochistan. 

Dr. Lakhu Luhana of World Sindhi Congress, maintained that the security establishment of Pakistan has been defying international standards and the current global order for a long time now. The secular and nationalist entities in Pakistan who seek right to self-determination – as enshrined in the UN declaration of human rights – are targeted by the security forces of the state on daily basis, and their socio-cultural and political freedoms have been restricted. On the other hand, the state of Pakistan is acting as a safe haven for extremist groups like Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, ISIS and other auxiliary militants of the state. 

Another speaker, Sultan Shahin , who is a Delhi based journalist, and a researcher on the role of Wahabi-Salafi ideaology leading to the radicalization of Muslims. Mr Shahin told the conference that the Muslim countries are in constant denial of Islamic ideologies’ contributions to religious terrorism. He pointed out that Pakistan has actively contributed in the expansion of religious terrorism in South Asian region.   

Peter Tatchell of Peter Tatchell Foundation conveyed a clear and bold message to the state authorities of Pakistan. You will not win because you have an unjust cause and unjust causes always end up in defeat. Said Peter referring to Pakistan. 

According to Peter Tatchell, following are the practical things that should be raised at the UN’s noble forum:

1.         There should be a halt to western arms sale to Pakistan which are being diverted from the intended fight against the Taliban and Al-qaeeda to repress the Baloch nation. These weapons include US supplied f16 fighter jets and Cobra attack helicopter. 

2.         The UN should appoint a special rapporteur on Balochistan to monitor and report to the general assembly and the human rights council on human rights abuses and ethnic discrimination in Balochistan

3.         We need a UN fact finding mission to go to Balochistan; to independently assess the deteriorating humanitarian situation. The independent UN monitors and observers to go there and see the facts and to come back and tell the UN the truth. 

4.         Pakistan must be pressed to lift entry restrictions and permit free access to Balochistan to aid agencies, to journalists and to human rights defenders.

5.         The military and intelligence chiefs in Pakistan be responsible for HR abuses by Pakistani state officials using Alien Tort Claims Act which has a remit even in foreign countries.

6.         Western aid to Pakistan should be made conditional on ending HR violations. Until Islamabad complies, all aid should be withdrawn from Pakistan government and switched to local or international aid agencies. 

7.         The international community need to consider a boycott, sanctions and dis-investment campaign targeting Pakistani government, military and intelligence officials who were implicated in HR crimes in Balochistan.

The Secretary General of Baloch Human Rights Council presided the session. He informed the audience that state has heavily invested in what it regards as its strategic assets while the general population of the province live a perilous life. He further stressed on the need of joint efforts by the civilized members of the international community to cut the weeds of terrorism sown by Pakistan that run the risk of causing regional instability and pose a threat to international peace if left unchecked. One only needs to remember the 2008 Mumbai Attacks to ascertain the seriousness of these threats, said Samad Baloch.