International community asked to intervene in Sindh & Balochistan

The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) and World Sindhi Congress (WSC) jointly held a seminar entitled, “The call for international intervention in Sindh and Balochistan: legal and humanitarian aspects“ on Thursday 24 September 2020 at Royal Hotel in Geneva.

This seminar overviewed grave violations of human rights, with a special focus on enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in Sindh and Balochistan by the state establishment of Pakistan. 

The participants expressed the view that in all possible measures and accounts the acts of the Pakistani military tantamount to genocide, and crimes against humanity, therefore, calling for an urgent international intervention to ensure the lives and human rights of millions of people. The seminar also discussed the destructive role of CPEC which in the guise of economic prosperity is stealing the mineral and sea resources of Sindh and Balochistan while depriving their people of its benefits. 

The speakers in the seminar expressed that Pakistan has continued the dehumanization and genocide of these two nations. They stressed on the need of concerted and meaningful efforts by the United Nations and the international community to uphold their mandate and commitment to human rights by ensuring Pakistan does not operate to the exclusion of international law. 

Qambar Malik, the Information Secretary of the BHRC moderated the talk whereas Dr Lakhu Luhana, the General-Secretary of the WSC presided over the seminar. 

The General-Secretary of BHRC, Samad Baloch provided a detailed statement on the doctrine of humanitarian intervention and its general application. He emphasized that it is the moral and legal obligation of the international community to intervene in a situation where the state is violating all international laws and regulations regarding the protection and the dignity of citizens. Pakistan has been carrying out the worst of the human rights abuses hardly witnessed in the region yet the champions of human rights have preferred to turn a blind eye to these crimes which raise serious questions on the role of the UN. 

Other prominent speakers included Merce Monje of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization who criticised the Chinese led BRI and explained how China with its aggressive expansionist plans is fending on the resources of the various nations of the region. She showed disappointment over the role of Germany which in the hope of economic gains is overlooking the destructive side of the CPEC which goes contrary to Germany’s stand and promises on human rights. 

Shaukat Kashmiri of the UKPNP, Dr Syed Sadat of Afghan Unity Front and Baseer Naved, the Executive Director of IHRC slammed Pakistan military’s role in the forcible disappearances and extra-judicial killings of dissents in Sindh, Balochistan, KPK and PoK. They strongly criticized the forced conversion of Sindhi Hindu girls to Islam. 

In his remarks, Dr Lukhu Luhana emphasized that the UN and EU should mandate independent and impartial investigations into serious human rights abuses which as a consequence of remaining unchecked for decades have created a serious humanitarian crisis in Balochistan and Sindh. They should have a clear stand on Pakistan’s actions in Sindh and Balochistan.

“These investigations must also produce results and recommend steps to ensure an end to the systematic abuse facing the Baloch and Sindhis”, said Dr Lakhu Luhana. 

At the end the seminar unanimously adopted a resolution calling for immediate international intervention in Balochistan and Sindh. The resolution was read by Guhram Baloch, the representative of BHRC in the Netherlands.

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

Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) Supports Sindhi People’s Legitimate Struggle for Their Waters

Baloch Human Rights Council UK (BHRC-UK) in a press release issued today condemned the acting Chairman of Indus River System Authority’s (IRSA) for the unilateral and illegal decision to open Chashma-Jehlum link canal.

BHRC-UK noted that while in Sindh people do not have water to drink forget about agriculture, this is a criminal act of Punjab which shows their continued disregard and arrogance towards the rights of other nations.

BHRC-UK recognises the historical rights of Sindhi people on their natural resources including waters and notes with great concern the arrogant disregard of Punjab of the unanimous decisions of Sindh, Balochistan and Paktunkhuwa assemblies, thousands of rallies, strikes and hunger strikes in Sindh and demands of the civil society organisations.

BHRC demands that the Chashma-Jehlum Link Canal should be immediately closed and reiterated that Baloch people are together with their sindhi brothers in their legitimate struggle for their historical rights on waters of river Indus.

Samad Baloch

General secretary

Baloch Human Rights Council (UK)

Sindh: Activists Raise Concern over Human Rights Violations

Activists gathered at the WSC event “Rights, security and development in Sindh” in Washington, D.C., on 30 April 2019, to discuss the state-run human rights violations the region is facing. Speakers highlighted the persecution of Sindhi political activists in the hands of state and non-state actors in Pakistan. Baloch and Pashtun activists also joined the event to share their experiences in their respective regions. Speakers included a UNPO Representative, who spoke about the environmental impacts of CPEC in Sindhi and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Human Rights activists and politicians have shown concern over the growing state-run violations of human rights in Sindh and other provinces of Pakistan at a seminar here on Saturday.

The event titled ‘Rights, Security and Development in Sindh: Realities for Pakistan’s Southern Province’ was organised by the World Sindhi Congress.

A panel of speakers including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Michael Kugelman, the Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Centre and T Kumar, former International Advocacy Director Amnesty International USA, highlighted the persecution of Sindhi political activists in the hands of state and non-state actors in Pakistan.

The speakers deliberated on issues of US-Pakistan relationship, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Human Rights in Sindh and Sindh’s key geopolitical role.

Lakhu Luhana, Secretary General of World Sindhi Congress said, “The overwhelming message of the seminar was that Pakistan is a security state, currently with an absolute control of all policy and institutions that has resulted in unprecedented violations of human rights of Sindhi people and other oppressed nations, Baloch and Pashtuns, and threat to regional and global security.”

Baloch and Pashtun activists including Dr Naseer Dashti, Executive President Baloch Human Rights Council and the Coordinator of the Sindhi Baloch Forum and Siraj Khan Moomand, President Pashtun Council Canada and member PTM Committee Canada also attended the seminar and revealed about the violations of human rights in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

There is growing dissatisfaction among the people of Sindh as they have been facing issues ranging from arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, torture, extra-judicial killings and political repression.

The minorities, including the Christians and Hindus, living in Sindh province are facing persecution in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. Young Hindu and Christian girls are forcibly converted to Islam.

A 2015 report by the South Asia Partnership – Pakistan in collaboration with Aurat Foundation found that at least 1,000 girls are forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan every year. It is girls from lower-caste, poor Hindu families who are forcibly converted.

Source: The above article was published by ANI