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.

Geneva conference demands Pakistan be enlisted in the “State sponsors of terrorism”

Geneva: The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) convened a conference “State-sponsored religious extremism in Balochistan” to explore the various aspects of the menace of Islamist extremism in Balochistan and its regional and international implications. The conference was chaired by the Secretary-General of the BHRC Samad Baloch while the Informational Secretary of the BHRC, Qambar Malik Baloch provided a detailed presentation on the rapid expansion of Madrassas, and systematic penetration of the Islamist militants in Balochistan under the supervision of the state that is engaged in targeting the Baloch nationalists and minorities including Christians, Hindus, and Shia Hazaras. He believed that the state of Pakistan is making concerted efforts to promote religious extremism in Balochistan with the aim to counter the Baloch national struggle for the right to self-determination and to replace the foundations of a secular and democratic Baloch society with a fundamentalist Islamic social outlook.

Speakers from various backgrounds and with an extensive experience in the area of their work spoke on the subject matter. The speakers included Nicholas Evans, a Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Martin Weightman, the director of the All Faiths Network – a national member body of the UK’s Interfaith Network. Senge H Sering, director of Institute for Gilgit-Baltistan studies in Washington DC, and Sufi Laghari executive director of Sindhi foundation.

It was agreed by the speakers that religious extremism is not a domestic threat instead it concerns the lives of all of us irrespective of our beliefs, ethnicity, geography and backgrounds and its rapid rise demands an equally strong response. This threat they believed needs to be contained which requires concentrated efforts on the international level and Pakistan must be pressurized to abandon its policies that threaten the current global order. The conference believed that this shortsighted policy of the religious state will not only be devastating for the people of Balochistan but it also threatens the current regional order with impacts on international peace and security.

Nadeem Saleem Baloch, a human rights activist from Germany read the conference declaration concluding the conference. In the face of the exponential growth of religious extremism in Balochistan with the complicit support of the religious state of Pakistan, this conference while expressing grave concerns, demanded that:

  1. The state of Pakistan must immediately and unconditionally abandon its policies of sheltering and mushrooming the individuals and organizations designated as “international terrorists” by the United Nations.
  2. Pakistan must terminate its financial, moral and material support to the terrorist organizations including the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba, ISIS, splinter groups of Taliban and the Pakistani army’s death squads involved in the abduction and extra-judicial murders of Baloch socio-political activists and human rights defenders.
  3. The conference expresses its grave concern over the expansion of over 14 thousand Madrassas in Balochistan and the attacks on schools and universities in Balochistan by the Islamist militants.
  4. The conference demands that Pakistan should be enlisted in the “state sponsors of terrorism” by the state department.
  5. A UN fact-finding mission must be sent to Balochistan to ascertain the extent of the involvement of the state in sponsoring religious terrorism in Balochistan.

BHRC Appeals for Humanitarian aid to Flood victims in Balochistan

London: The Baloch Human Rights Council strongly condemns the insensitivity of the Iranian and Pakistani authorities and their failure to extend relief to the flood victims in Balochistan. We appeal to the International Humanitarian organizations including the UN and European Commission to intervene directly through emergency teams to assess and address the needs of the people severely affected by heavy rains and unprecedented floods in Eastern and Western Balochistan.

Heavy rainfalls and devastating floods have struck hundreds of villages in Balochistan causing significant human and material loss. Many villages have been left cut off with hundreds of houses destroyed leaving people without food and shelter.

Lack of health facilities, safe water, and the absence of emergency relief by the authorities have further deteriorated the situation. According to various media reports, 20,000 people have lost their homes and at least four people are reported dead.

The International humanitarian organizations must come forward to save the people of Balochistan who are in desperate need of help and support.

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

Parliament Hill meeting on human rights focuses on Balochistan, Sindh

Ottawa, 06-06-19:  Representatives of Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) and the Sindhi Foundation held a crucial meeting at the office of MP Cheryl Hardcastle, Vice-Chair, Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. Honourable MP Cheryl Hardcastle was represented by her Political Advisor and Legislative Assistant, Mr. Tom Allen. 

Zaffar Jawaid of BHRC and Munawar Laghari of the Sindhi Foundation briefed Mr. Allen on the escalating human rights abuses in Balochistan and Sindh enacted by the Pakistani security forces. Rights violations were taking a serious toll on human lives as civilians and rights activists were arrested, disappeared, tortured and extra-judicially killed in custody by military and paramilitary units. 

The human rights advocacy campaign at the Parliament Hill highlighted the extreme repressive measures employed by the Pakistani state to brutally crush civil rights campaigns in Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa regions. Representatives emphasized that Baloch women and children were being abducted and disappeared in Balochistan along with thousands of students, youth and political activists who are protesting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, exploiting natural resources and taking over Gwadar port for control over Middle East oil routes to the international market and Central Asia.

Mr. Allen was also briefed on the worrisome, and increasing cases of forced conversions of Sindhi Hindu girls in Sindh that continue to escalate in the absence of a law in Pakistan that prevents forced conversions. 

The representatives from Balochistan and Sindh human rights advocacy groups were assured of active support from the Canadian Members of Parliament on issues that endangered human lives. Mr. Allen expressed serious concern over the human rights situation in Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and stated that the international law should be respected at all cost to stop violations against civilians.

Source: Balochistan Affairs

State of Human Rights in 2018 – Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Annual Report: March 2019

Highlights:

Pakistan and international human rights mechanisms:
Pakistan has affirmed in its election pledge to the Human Righ Council that it is ‘firmly resolved to uphold, promote and safeguard universal human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.’

  • HRCP expressed concern that Pakistan had chosen to only ‘note’ key human rights principles including, among others, the reporting of investigation and prosecution of security forces that commit human rights violations; amending discriminatory laws against marginalised groups, taking effective measures to prevent the abuse of blasphemy legislation, and the use of violence against religious minorities.
  • Requests for country visits from UN Special Rapporteurs on extrajudicial executions; the situation of human rights defenders; the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism; freedom of religion or belief; and torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, remain pending.
  • Pakistan has ratified the eight ILO fundamental conventions but never fully applied them.

Source: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)

The International Community Must Act Now to Save the Baloch from Extinction

Dated: 20 March 2009

Mr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi

President of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Geneva

Switzerland

Subject: The International Community Must Act Now to Save the Baloch from Extinction

Dear Mr. President

The representatives of the international human rights organisations and Baloch and Sindhi human rights activists have gathered here today to request the urgent help of the UN and the international community to stop the atrocities committed by Pakistan army against Baloch people.

Mr President, a ruthless military operation has been going on in the Pakistani controlled Balochistan for the last five years in which thousands of innocent men, women and children have been mercilessly killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced and thousands are missing. As the international community is busy in dealing with “far important matters” a whole nation is systematically being wiped out by the Pakistani state through cultural, economic, political and military aggression. 

The Baloch and Balochistan

Balochistan is divided and controlled by Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, a legacy of colonialism in that part of the world. In the wake of the British withdrawal from India, the ruler of the Baloch state of Kalat declared Balochistan independent on 11th August 1947, few days before the independence of Pakistan and India. The independence of Balochistan was a short-lived affair as it was invaded by the Pakistani troops with the blessing of the British colonial administration of the time on 27th March 1948 and Balochistan was annexed by Pakistan. The Baloch resistance for national sovereignty and several military operations to quell the Baloch national uprisings by Pakistan have widened the gulf between the Pakistani State and the Baloch people. 

The Baloch Pakistan Conflict

Mr. President, the history of relationship between the Baloch and the Pakistani state is the history of violent conflicts. The Baloch national resistance is the response of the Baloch masses to cultural and economical domination and political subjugation by Pakistan. Crude military power has been the only way adopted by almost every Pakistani Government in dealing with the Baloch discontent. The ongoing military campaign is the bloodiest one causing internal dislocation of thousands of the Balochs. The brutal murder of one of the towering figures of the Baloch national movement, Nawab Akber Bugti and the murder of the revered resistance fighter Nawabzada Mir Balaach Marri by Pakistani army are the most important happenings of the present conflict. Recently, the most prominent of the nationalist scholars and intellectuals, Mir Jan Mohammad Dashti was ambushed and critically wounded by the death squad of a front organization of the Pakistani State security agency (ISI). In addition, kidnapping of hundreds of the Baloch by security agencies is another unprecedented hallmark of the 5 years long, low intensity war of resistance and political mobilization inBalochistan. 

The primary aspect of the conflict between the Baloch and Pakistan has been the dispute over the legitimacy of accession of the Baloch State of Kalat with Pakistan. The annexation of their land by Pakistan was against the will of the Baloch people expressed by both Houses of their parliament. It was the illegal occupation of their land without their consent.


The second aspect of Baloch-Pakistan conflict is the irrational rather politically perverse doctrine of ‘Islamic brother-hood’. The concepts of Islamic brother-hood, and Pakistani Islamic Nation doctrine adopted by the state were used as tools for subjugating the Baloch and other nationalities and for undermining their cultural, linguistic and social traditions.


Coercive military presence has been the permanent feature of the Baloch and the state conflict. The Pakistani army, perceiving the Baloch nationalism as a grave threat to the state, launched major military offensives in Balochistan during 1948, 1958, 1962, and 1973. Extra judicial killings of the Baloch by the army, paramilitary and state intelligence agencies, harassment, kidnapping and inhuman torture of the Baloch political activists and intellectuals during the sustained military campaigns have been permanent features of the state and Baloch conflict. The recent military aggression in Balochistan is the continuation of that policy; nevertheless, it surpasses all previous military operations in its intensity and ruthlessness. 


Cultural exploitation of the Baloch is another characteristic of the Baloch and the state conflict. Alien cultural traditions and language are being imposed at the expense of traditional Baloch social values, the Baloch socio-cultural and political systems are being destroyed or corrupted in a systematic and organized way. Organized attempts are being made by state establishment to bring religion into a prominent position in a secular Baloch society. In this regard, large numbers of religious schools are being patronized by the state in every corner of Balochistan to convert the ‘ignorant Baloch’ and save them from ‘eternal damnation’. This ‘colonisation of the mind’ has important implications. Replacing a traditional belief and social system of a people by an alternative frame of reference often amounts to changing the entire identity of a people. The forceful destruction of a culture inflicts real harm not only on the group or the nationality but also devastates and hurt the individual human beings. One culture cannot simply be removed and another transplanted without committing a violation of the dignity and integrity of that group, nationality or individual.


Witness to the Violation of Basic Human Rights

Respected Mr. President, violation of basic human rights of the Baloch is the most painful aspect of the Baloch-Pakistan conflict. Extra judicial killings, harassment, kidnapping and inhuman torture of the Baloch leaders; political activists and intellectuals are the normal state responses to the Baloch political mobilization and expression of Baloch national aspirations.

The graphic details of human rights violation in Balochistan have been published by different non-governmental organizations and international humanitarian’s institutions. Some of the reports are mentioned below:

1. USSD Country Report on Human Rights Practices, Pakistan 2007 11/03/08

2. Amnesty International Annual report, May 2008

3. International Crisis Group: Pakistan: The Worsening Conflict In Balochistan 14/09/06

4. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan fact finding mission, “Conflict in Balochistan” 2005-2006

5. Balochistan Dossier by Balochistan National Party June 2006

6. Asia Pacific Human Rights Network Report 19/09/06

7. Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Pakistan: Displacement ongoing in a number of regions 15th May, 2008

The Tale of Brutalities in Balochistan

The human rights violations of the Baloch by the Pakistani State Establishment are characterized by: 

1. Humiliation of the Baloch socio-political leaders and personalities: in 2001, the respected Baloch nationalist personality and cheif of the Marri Tribe NawabKhair Bux Marri was insulted, arrested and kept in solitary confinement for more than a year. In 2006, the house of Nawab Akber Bugti a prominent nationalist leader and president of Jamhoori Watan Pary was bombarded by the armed forces of Pakistan killing and injuring more than 70 people including women and children. 2007, the house of Sardar Attaullah Mengal, prominent nationalist leader and cheif of Mengal Tribe was targeted with rocket fire by the security forces. In 2006, president of the Balochistan National Party Sardar Akhtar Mengal was abducted, tortured and presented in a court held in a small cage. He was kept in solitary confinement for more than a year. 

2. Abduction of political activists and human rights workers by the state security agencies: it is a routine by the security forces to abduct political, human right and student activists. They are usually held for many months tortured and later dumped in a remote area. Dr. Allanazar, Dr. Imdad Baloch and their friends were kidnapped and tortured and released after many months. Journalist Muneer Mengal was abducted from Karachi airport, tortured and kept in solitary imprisonment for many years. Some of the other names are Dr. Haneef Shareef, Professor Hassan Janan, Professor Misri Khan Mari and AbdulnabiBungulzai.

3. Extra-judicial killings of political and social leaders and activists: Nawab Akber Bugti and hundreds of his followers were massacred in August, 2006 by the Pakistani army. His dead body was desecrated. Dr. Khalid a human right activist and his friends were murdered by the security forces in 2007.

4. Detention without trials: hundreds of political and social workers and civil rights activists are under detention without trials.

5. Abduction of the Baloch women by the Pakistani security forces: one hundred and forty three Baloch women are missing and believed to be abducted by the security forces.

6. Burning and bombardment of the Baloch villages: 54 villages and settlements in Balochistan have been burnt either by aerial bombardment or ground actions of the armed forces.

7. Forced Displacements of hundreds of thousands Baloch from their settlement: two hundred thousand Baloch have been forcefully dislocated by the armed forces and are living in miserable conditions throughout Balochistan.

The violation of human rights in Iranian Balochistan 

Mr. President, the Baloch people in western Balochistan under Iranian control are facing the gross violation of their basic fundamental human rights. The Islamic regime of Iran resorts to most cruel approaches to suppress Baloch national aspirations in Balochistan. Arbitrary arrest, torture and other ill-treatment, as well as the use of the death penalty remain prevalent. Impunity for human rights abuses is widespread. Cultural and civic activities are banned or vigorously controlled by the regime. Publication of Balochi literature is not allowed, and Balochi are denied the right to educate their children in their own language. Systematic discrimination is exercised throughout Balochistan by the institutions. Non-governmental organizations, newspapers, magazines and websites have been forcibly closed by the authorities, which also regularly blocks internet access to a wide range of internet sites, including some relating to human rights. The Amnesty International in its recent report on the 30th anniversary of Islamic Republic of Iran (5th Feb 2009) has cited some graphic details on the state of affairs in Balochistan under the Iranian regime.

· Hundreds of Baloch people have been executed and killed by the regime in past few years. In 2008 a prominent civic activist Yahqob Mehrnehad who also was Secretary General of Justice Association was executed after many months of torture and imprisonment in Zahidan. Two prominent Baloch religious scholars, Molavi Abdul-Qodos Molazai and Molavi Yusuf Sohrabi with another 3 Baloch were executed under such fabricated allegations.

· On March 11, 2009 four Baloch, Normohd Ismailzai, Mojibulrahman Kurd, Babak Kurd and Mohd HassanKhan Hassani were executed in Zahidan. On March 3, 2009 two Baloch religious clergies, Molavi Khalilulla Zarahi and Salahudin Gwahramzahi were executed in Zahidan after being imprisoned and tortured for 9 months. 

· Several religious leaders are under arrest and their whereabouts are not known to their relatives. Ibrahim Mehrnehad, the Younger brother of YaqobMehrnehad is still in prison and he is under mental tortures. 

The Baloch Needs the Help of International Community

Mr. President, In the face of heinous crimes being committed by the Pakistani security forces in Balochistan and the unchecked violations of the basic human rights of the Baloch both in Pakistan and Iran, the silence of the international community is incomprehensible. The Baloch are facing a systematic genocide operation by an internationally recognised rogue state. The Baloch expectations and demands from the international community are genuine and simple. They are justified in demanding that: 

1. The UN should establish a fact finding mission to investigate the acts of brutalities and violation of human rights by the state security forces of Pakistan in Balochistan. 

2. The perpetrators of the heinous crimes against humanity should be brought to justice by initiating cases against them in the international court of justice in The Hague. 

3. The United Nations should use their influence in asking the Pakistani establishment to immediately halt the aggressive actions against the Baloch. 

4. The Baloch have never accepted the partition and incorporation of their land into different countries of the region. Right of self determination is the inalienable right of the Baloch people. The Baloch national question should be negotiated between the Baloch and the countries occupying the Baloch land under the auspices of the UN giving the universal right of self determination to the Baloch. 

We believe that Baloch people need an urgent help from the UN and the international community. This is high time for the international community to rise and act before it is too late for Baloch people. 

Yours faithfully,

(On the behalf of)

Interfaith International 

P.O. (c.p.) Box 32,

1246 Corsier,

Geneva

Switzerland

UNPO Secretariat 

PO Box 85878

2508 CN The Hague

The Netherlands

Baloch Human Rights Council

59 Forsyth Gardens

London SE17- 3NE

UK

Sindhi Baloch Forum

38 Barbican Road

Greenford

Middlesex UB6 9DH

UK

UNPO and The Balochistan Community protest in Geneva urging the International Community To Intervene In The Worsening Human Rights Situation In Balochistan

A conference on Human Rights situation in Balochistan was also held in the UN conference room at 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm, chaired by interfaith international president Mr. Charles Graves

Press Release
Dated: 23-03-09

Interfaith international with the collaboration of UNPO, Baloch Human Rights Council, World Sindhi Congress, Sindhi Baloch Forum and Balochistan Rights Movement held a peaceful protest rally against the Pakistani and Iranian state terrorism and brutalities in Balochistan on Friday 20 March 2009 from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm in front of the United Nations office in Geneva Switzerland. The slogans on the placards highlighted various aspects of human right violation of the Baloch by the Pakistani and Iranian States.

A conference on Human Rights situation in Balochistan was also held in the UN conference room at 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm, chaired by interfaith international president Mr. Charles Graves.

Senator Sana Baloch presented a detailed graphic accounts of injustices, atrocities, human rights violations, political, social deprivations, abduction & extra judicial killing of Baloch civilians including women & children, Target killing of Baloch leaders and Baloch intellectuals by Pakistani State. The presentation exposed both Pakistani and Iranian state’s brutalities on the Baloch people on both sides of the Goldsmid Line.

Mehran Baloch of Balochistan Human Rights Movement stated that 61 years of suppression of Pakistan has led Baloch down the verge of extinction. United Nations and international community should support the genuine demands of right to self-determination .

Noordin Mengal spoke of Pakistani state terrorism and target killing of Baloch leadership and abduction of Baloch civilian by state agencies. He opined that the Baloch had suffered a lot at the hands of Pakistani & Iranian state authorities. He said he has trust and faith on international community who will appreciate and support the legitimate right of the Baloch nation for national self-determination.

Munir Mengal spoke of his ordeal in Pakistani torture cell. He said he was abducted by the Pakistani secret agencies. He said his only crime was that he had publicly announced that he wanted to launch a Balochi TV. He gave a graphic detailed of tortures that he has faced during his solitary confinement including the ordeal of MS. Zarrina Marri.

The president of United Nations Human Rights Commission for Pakistan desk spoke to the conference and clearly confirmed that there are gross human rights violations happening in Balochistan by Pakistani security agencies. He read a lengthy account of Pakistani state terrorism in Balochistan and assured the conference and Baloch people that United Nations is serious and pressurizing Pakistan and would use its office to stop these atrocities and human rights violations happing in Balochistan

Dr. Lakhu Luhana of World Sindhi Congress expressed his nation’s solidarity with Baloch people and said it is Sind and Balochistan’s resources which are generating money to Pakistan’s economy. He drew the international community’s attention to the heinous crimes committed by Pakistani state against humanity in both Balochistan and in Sindh and warned that the same enemy has also knocked the doors of international community. Pakistan & its security agencies are not only a danger for Baloch & Sindhis but also a threat for the peace & security of the region and as well as for the international community. It is time that international community should commit itself in supporting the genuine & legitimate rights of Sindh and Balochistan for self determination according to the UN charter.

The representative of UNPO, the representatives of European Union South Asian Group, minister from the Canadian government, Peace and Nationality representative of Austria, United Nations High commissioner for Refugees and many other members of The United Nations Human Rights Council and NGOs from Europe expressed their opinion and shared their sympathies with the Baloch nation and pledged their support for their demand of self determination according to the UN charters .

It is worth noting that for the first time the delegates of different Baloch Organizations from Europe, Scandinavia and other parts of the world attended the Geneva protest and Baloch conference. Members of Baloch Human Rights Council were among the participants. Others who participated were Mr. Nasser Mohtashami, Rahim Baloch, Abdulla Baloch, Iqbal Baloch, Mir Ghulam Hussain Baloch, Jamshed Amiri, Saeed Baloch, Sadiech Baloch, Dur Mohd Baloch, Abdulla Hossainbor and Samad Baloch were among the Baloch participants. The Main organizers of the protest rally and the conference in Geneva were the interfaith international, representative of UNPO and Mr. Noordin Mengal.

A memorandum to the president of United Nations Human Rights Council is handed over on behalf of of the interfaith international, UNPO, Baloch Human Rights Council, World Sindhi Congress, Sindhi Baloch forum.

At the end of the conference an appeal was launched on behalf of the participants of the conference, and the Baloch representatives for the safe release of UNHCR representative Mr. John Solicky.

Samad Baloch

Secretary General

Baloch Human Rights Council

BALOCH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ( CANADA ) Press Release

Toronto: April 17, 2009 

Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) held a protest rally in Toronto to express their shock and concern over the abduction, torture, and extra judicial killings of the three Baloch leaders, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Munir, and Sher Mohammad Baloch by the Pakistani military intelligence agencies. The rally was attended by Baloch community of Toronto, World Sindhi Institute, Canadian Kashmiri Association, and Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum. 

The rally was addressed by Humaira Rahman of WSI, Javed Khan of Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum, Mumtaz Khan of Canadian Kashmiri Association, and Zaffar Baloch of Baloch Human Rights Council ( Canada ). The speakers condemned the torture and cold-blooded murders of the three Baloch leaders by the Pakistani military intelligence agencies and demanded the killers to be brought to justice. 

The speakers expressed their concern over the worsening human rights situation in Balochistan and appealed to the international community to take serious notice of the deepening political crisis in Balochistan. 

They demanded an immediate halt to the ongoing military operation in Balochistan and the withdrawal of the 80,000 troops from the province. The rally asked for immediate release of the disappeared persons, political detainees, including the 141 Baloch women kidnapped by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. 

The speakers demanded that the Baloch peoples’ right and sovereignty over their lands and natural resources should be unconditionally accepted by the Pakistani government in accordance to UN charter of rights of nations, including the political and economic freedoms and the right to self determination. ***

Press Release: Apr 14, 2009
by the BALOCH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CANADA Chapter

The BHRC (Canada) the Toronto Chapter hereby declares peaceful procession against the brutal and barbaric killings of Baloch Leaders in Turbat, Balochistan.

Place: 200 Front Street West in front of CBC Building
Date: Friday April 17, 2009 
Time: 4.00 All peace loving people, political activist, human rights defender are invited to join the cause.
For more info please call Imtiaz Baloch 416-841-7866

Note: On Sunday a Condolence meeting was held for Baloch Women organized by BHRC-Canada for Ghulam Mohammed, Sher Mohammad and Lala Muneer. Nader Baloch spoke on the occassion. A Dua’a was held at the end.

This press release was sent to Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper , The Governor General Micheal Jean, all Canadian Parliamentarians and Senate. 

BALOCH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ( CANADA ) 

Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) strongly condemns the brutal and barbaric act of kidnapping, torture, and cold-blooded murder of three Baloch leaders by the Pakistani intelligence agencies on April 3, 2009. Baloch National Movement (BNM) Chairman Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Central Executive Committee member (BNM) Lala Munir, and Sher Mohammad Baloch of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) were found dead in the hills, 40 kilometers away from Turbat, capitol city of Makaran. 

The three Baloch nationalist leaders were picked up by 12-14 masked, armed Pakistani Military Intelligence men from the chamber of the Advocate Kachkol Ali in Turbat and were taken to an undisclosed location where they were brutally tortured and shot in the head before dumping their bodies in the hills for scavengers. The bodies of the three leaders were carried by Pakistan Army helicopters from a secret location and dropped from the air. According to a report, the dead bodies were at least six days old, which indicates the fact that they were murdered the day of their forced disappearance. 

It is notable that Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Baloch was also a member of the 10-member committee constituted to ascertain the identities of Balochistan’s missing persons as well as to negotiate the release of UNHCR’s Quetta director John Solecki. The timing of Mr. Baloch’s murder by the state agencies, a day before John Solecki ‘s release, is indicative of Pakistan government’s dubious character in undermining Mr. Solecki’s secure release from captivity. 

Both the UN and the US Embassy in Islamabad have strongly condemned the gruesome murders of the three Baloch leaders and have called for immediate investigation into their deaths. The UN, which expressed its sympathies to the families of the deceased, called on Pakistani authorities to ensure that the committee continues its important work. The US Embassy said the role by one of the three leaders killed, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, in efforts to secure Mr. Solecki’s release had been greatly appreciated. ‘We call on Pakistani authorities to thoroughly investigate these deaths and to bring those responsible to justice,’ the embassy said. 

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has blamed the authorities and has held them responsible for the torture and execution style murder of the three Baloch leaders. In a statement, HRCP called on the authorities for an investigation into the kidnapping, torture, and murder of the leaders; and to bring those responsible to justice. 

BHRC calls on the Pakistani authorities to stop gross human rights violations , including forced disappearances, torture, and extra judicial killings of Baloch political activists and leaders in Balochistan. We demand the immediate release of all political detainees, and disappeared persons including 141 Baloch women, languishing in the Gestapo-like military intelligence torture cells. 

BHRC calls on the Canadian Government, Legislative Assembly, political leaders , human rights organizations , judiciary and lawyers bodies, journalists, writers, and women rights organizations to help the Baloch people in their just struggle for peace, political and economic rights, democratic freedoms, and sovereignty over their land and natural resources in the light of the UN charter of rights. 

Canada can play a positive humanitarian role in ending the conflict and violence in Balochistan by asserting diplomatic pressure on Pakistan . Balochistan’s geopolitical status and its role in bringing peace in the region are significantly important for the Canadian forces stationed in Afghanistan . The secular and democratic Balochistan is the key to resolving violence and terrorism in the region perpetrated by religious extremists and their handlers, namely the Pakistani intelligence agencies responsible for the gross human rights violations against the Baloch people. 

Additional Reporting:

Baloch Human Rights Council of Canada (BHRC)

Report by Imtiaz Baloch, Spokesperson, BHRC Canada

On Friday April 17, The BHRC (Canada) the Toronto Chapter ask all Peace loving and Human rights organization of Toronto area to join hands with BHRC Canada to denounce the continuing killings taking place in Balochistan.Gathering to condemn the killings in Balochistan, Pakistan.

DATE: FIRDAY APRIL 17, 2009, PLACE: 200 FRONT STREET WEST TORONTO IN FRONT OF CBC BUILDING. TIME: 4 PM

Similar protests are being held in Vancouver, Calgary and other parts of Canada.

The following press release was sent to Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper, The Governor General Micheal Jean, all Canadian Parliamentarians and Senate.

BALOCH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (CANADA)

Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) strongly condemns the brutal and barbaric act of kidnapping, torture, and cold-blooded murder of three Baloch leaders by the Pakistani intelligence agencies on April 3, 2009. Baloch National Movement (BNM) Chairman Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Central Executive Committee member (BNM) Lala Munir, and Sher Mohammad Baloch of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) were found dead in the hills, 40 kilometers away from Turbat, capitol city of Makaran.

The three Baloch nationalist leaders were picked up by 12-14 masked, armed Pakistani Military Intelligence men from the chamber of the Advocate Kachkol Ali in Turbat and were taken to an undisclosed location where they were brutally tortured and shot in the head before dumping their bodies in the hills for scavengers. The bodies of the three leaders were carried by Pakistan Army helicopters from a secret location and dropped from the air. According to a report, the dead bodies were at least six days old, which indicates the fact that they were murdered the day of their forced disappearance.

It is notable that Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Baloch was also a member of the 10-member committee constituted to ascertain the identities of Balochistan’s missing persons as well as to negotiate the release of UNHCR’s Quetta director John Solecki. The timing of Mr. Baloch’s murder by the state agencies, a day before John Solecki’s release, is indicative of Pakistan government’s dubious character in undermining Mr. Solecki’s secure release from captivity.

Both the UN and the US Embassy in Islamabad have strongly condemned the gruesome murders of the three Baloch leaders and have called for immediate investigation into their deaths. The UN, which expressed its sympathies to the families of the deceased, called on Pakistani authorities to ensure that the committee continues its important work. The US Embassy said the role by one of the three leaders killed, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, in efforts to secure Mr. Solecki’s release had been greatly appreciated. “We call on Pakistani authorities to thoroughly investigate these deaths and to bring those responsible to justice,” the embassy said.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has blamed the authorities and has held them responsible for the torture and execution style murder of the three Baloch leaders. In a statement, HRCP called on the authorities for an investigation into the kidnapping, torture, and murder of the leaders; and to bring those responsible to justice.

BHRC calls on the Pakistani authorities to stop gross human rights violations, including forced disappearances, torture, and extra judicial killings of Baloch political activists and leaders in Balochistan. We demand the immediate release of all political detainees, and disappeared persons including 141 Baloch women, languishing in the Gestapo-like military intelligence torture cells.

BHRC calls on the Canadian Government, Legislative Assembly, political leaders, human rights organizations, judiciary and lawyers bodies, journalists, writers, and women rights organizations to help the Baloch people in their just struggle for peace, political and economic rights, democratic freedoms, and sovereignty over their land and natural resources in the light of the UN charter of rights.

Canada can play a positive humanitarian role in ending the conflict and violence in Balochistan by asserting diplomatic pressure on Pakistan. Balochistanâ€TMs geopolitical status and its role in bringing peace in the region are significantly important for the Canadian forces stationed in Afghanistan. The secular and democratic Balochistan is the key to resolving violence and terrorism in the region perpetrated by religious extremists and their handlers, namely the Pakistani intelligence agencies responsible for the gross human rights violations against the Baloch people.

Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) is affiliated with the London-based Baloch Human rights Council formed in August 2008 in London, UK. BHRC is a non-profit organization that strives for the political, economic, and cultural rights of the indigenous people of western Balochistan (in Iran) and eastern Balochistan (in Pakistan).

Baloch Human Rights Council condemns Iranian regime’s barbaric acts in Balochistan

30.11.2008

Appeal to save lives of 5 innocent Baloch from imminent execution

Five innocent Sunni Baloch Scholars and charitable persons, Hafiz Salah-uddin Saeidi, Molavi Khalil-ullah Zarahi, Molavi Abdulmajeed Salahzai, Sofi Obid-ullah Machkowri and Haji Aabid Gwahramzai were put on a show trial by the Iranian regime in Zahidan and charged with serious but totally fabricated allegations of being at war with Almighty God, anti-state activities, possession of fire arms, planting road-side bombs, creating terror and so on, on Wednesday 19th Nov 2008. They were arrested in Mohammad-Abad of Iranshar sometimes in June 2008, and their trial was held after 5 months of degrading imprisonment with torture.

Though the Iranian regime claimed that the trial was open and transparent, but there are credible reports from the relatives of the five Baloch Sunni leaders the trial was far from any international norms. They were denied access to independent lawyers. Only few members of families of them were allowed to observe some part of the trial on the conditions that they refrain themselves from reporting any part of the trial. It is noteworthy to state that none of the family members have any knowledge or familiarities with law and legal matters and procedures. In fact the father of Sofi Obid-ullah Machkowri, Haji Karimbax was barred to observe his son’s trial and forced out of the building by force.

The prosecution demanded that the five accused Baloch should receive maximum sentence. In Iran unfortunately it means death by execution.

The regime executed two innocent great Baloch Sunni lecturers, Molavi Abdul-Qudos Molazai and Molavi Mohd-Yusuf Sohrabi in March 2008 on exactly same charges.

However, they refused to accept possession of fire-arms, links with anti-state groups, planting bombs and creating terror among the population, and pleaded not guilty, and stated to the court on the grounds that there is no evidence to link them to those allegations. They refuted all charges and pronounced that since they are religious scholars, in no way they can be deemed to be at war with Almighty God. Sunni Baloch in Balochistan testify that they posed no threat to anyone and they are very popular with the public as Sunni religious scholars.

Now it is feared that the authorities of the Iranian regime are sentencing them with capital punishment of death by execution despite not establishing guilt beyond any reasonable doubts.

Baloch Human Rights Council appeals to all people of the world and humanitarian organisations, democratic institutions and states to help these innocent Baloch from imminent execution and requests you to kindly write to Mr Sharodi, the head of Iranian Judiciary, and also directly to Mr Mahguli, the presiding judge in Zahidan, and urge them for reconsideration of the trial and ultimate release of them as the charges are unfounded. BHRC calls upon people of Balochistan to resist with resolve the regime and its policies of annihilation. BHRC call upon international community and the champions of Islamic brotherhood to assist the Baloch nation in the face of barbaric atrocities being committed by the most atrocious regimes on the planet earth.

Background on ill-treatment of Sunni Baloch in Iran

The oppressed people of Balochistan have been suffering immensely from the oppressive policies of the Iranian regime for the past three decades. The harassment, intimidation, mass arrests, imprisonment without trial, inhuman torture, execution of innocent Baloch youths, social workers, human rights activists and religious leaders are the norms in Iranian Balochistan. There is hardly any week gone by that the barbaric regime refrained itself from carrying execution in Balochistan. 

The regime demolished Azim Abad mosque and Abu-Hannifa Madras (school) in Balochistan on 27 August 2008 and arrested hundreds of Baloch Talibs (Students). Also the regime executed two innocent great Baloch Sunni lecturers, Molavi Abdul-Qudos Molazai and Molavi Mohd-Yusuf Sohrabi with two other Sunni Baloch peers in 10 April 2008.

Another Sunni Lectrure, Sheikh Ali Dehwari was gunned down by unknown hit-mans in Sarawan when he left prayer on Nov 10th, 2008.

Baloch civic activist Mr Yahgob Mehrnehad was executed on fabricated charges in Feb 2008. Molana Ahmad Naroei and other innocent Baloch are still in degrading prisons.

During January in two occasions mass executions were carried out by the regime in central prison in Zahidan. The regime even resorted to barbaric and medieval acts of amputation in Balochistan. On the 7th Jan 08, the regime carried out this barbaric and dreadful act on five Baloch in Zahidan and cut off their hands and legs. Again in this January in Pahra (Iranshahr as it is known) a large number of Baloch human rights activists were arrested and put in prison for totally fabricated allegations. Similarly a large number of Baloch youth were arbitrarily arrested and imprisoned in Chabar on suspicion of being involved with the Baloch resistance movement against the Iranian subjugation. 

The regime’s approach to Balochistan is of savage invaders and their policies are aimed not only to marginalise but to annihilate Baloch nation. In 2007, the regimes’ representative for Zahidan in the Iranian parliament, Dr Sharyari unashamedly and proudly announced the execution of 700 Baloch by the regime. The killing of two innocent Baloch children by regime’s murderer forces (so called security forces) on 3rd of Jan 08 in Zahidan once again proved that the regime recognises no principles when it concerns Balochistan. 

The regime has been embarking on an unprecedented level on promoting Shi’ism by despatching Shi’ia Clergies in hundreds to far-fetched villages in Balochistan where there is no single Shii’a person. The City of Rask in Balochistan had no Shii’a prior to this regime in 1979, but now it has a seizble Shii’a converts with glorious Mosque, provided and built by the regime. Baloch people feel that every aspect of their lives is under direct attack from the regime. Baloch have been resisting with their full resolve the oppressive regime. 

Baloch Human Rights Council as a defender of the defenceless Baloch people condemns the regime in strongest terms for its barbaric acts of amputation, executions, arbitrary arrest of Baloch activists and imposition of Shi’ism in Balochistan. 

 BALOCH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

bhrcuk@gmail.com

Dated: 28/11/2008

London (UK)