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Public Meeting: Pakistani state terror against the Baluch people and other minority groups

Posted on 2011/6/7 0:00:00 ( 742 reads )

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Speakers include
Hyrbyair Marri, Baluch human rights activist and political leader; Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner; James Nichols, Lawyer; Dr Lahku Luhana, Secretary General of World Sindhi Congress; Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman Pakistani Christian Association; Amnesty International (to be confirmed)

The meeting is called by International Voice for Baluch Missing Persons & Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC)

Supported by World Sindhi Congress, Baluchistan National Movement (Baluchistane Raaji Zrombesh), Kurdish Federation UK, British Tamil Forum, Liberation, International Committee Against Disappearances (ICAD)
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Balochistan human rights situation is horrific, says U.N. special rapporteur

Posted on 2011/6/4 3:00:00 ( 899 reads )

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The human rights situation in Balochistan is "horrific." This was stated by U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez Tuesday who kicked off events related to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture by being the keynote speaker at the Lutheran Church Of Reformation in Washington DC.

"An urgent action request was sent to the Pakistan government last month," Mendez said, adding that a response from Islamabad was still awaited.

Mendez statement came on the same day a reknowned baloch intellectual Professor Saba Dashtyari was gunned down in Quetta. A death squad assocaited with Pakistan military called Ansarul Islam claimed credit for killing the pro-independence professor and linguist.

Mendez said he had met with Baloch human rights defenders in Geneva and Washington DC. Mendez, who is a visiting professor at the American University, said he has a student from Balochistan who keeps me updated on the happenings there.
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PAKISTAN: What is the score in Balochistan?

Posted on 2011/6/4 2:00:00 ( 700 reads )

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Baseer Naweed

After the killing of Professor Saba Dashtyari, a renowned scholar of Balochistan, a question commonly asked by the people is: What is the latest score in Balochistan? The killings, whether extrajudicial or through target killings, have become so common that not one day passes when one or two bullet riddled bodies are not found dumped on the roads. The Baloch nationalist and political activists claim that the state intelligence agencies abducted the victims and held them for some days incommunicado and then killed them. Killing the abductees after interrogation is the easiest method for law enforcement agencies, the military, Frontier Corps and invisible soldiers of intelligence agencies, to destroy all evidence of such acts against humanity. On the other hand the government and law enforcement agencies never produce a clear statement or try to deny these claims, they prefer to keep silent to enforce the idea that this is their ruthless way of dealing with persons they see as a threat. It would also appear that the provincial government of Balochistan has been instructed by these 'forces', to keep their mouths shut.
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Amnesty International Condemns Murder of Prof. Saba Dashtyari

Posted on 2011/6/4 0:00:00 ( 802 reads )

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Amnesty International strongly condemns the killing of Professor Saba Dashtiyari and calls on the Pakistan government to bring his killers to justice.

Professor Saba Dashtiyari succumbed to his injuries after being shot repeatedly by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday evening (1 June) on Sariab Road in Quetta while on his way home.

Professor Dashtiyari was a renowned intellectual, writer and poet and a professor at the University of Balochistan in the province’s capital. He was the author of several books on Baloch literature and culture and a scholar in Islamic studies. Over the past few years, he reportedly backed the call for resorting to arms for an independent Balochistan.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for Dashtiyari’s killing, though Baloch groups have accused the Pakistani security forces, notably the Frontier Corps, of carrying out his killing.

Amnesty International reminds the government of Pakistan of its legal obligation under international law to respect the right to life in all circumstances. The organization calls on the Pakistan authorities to ensure an independent, impartial, transparent and thorough investigation into the incident and to bring all those suspected of involvement in his killing, including any persons with command responsibility, to justice in fair trials and without the imposition of the death penalty.
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International Week of Struggle Against Disappearances Vigil held in London

Posted on 2011/5/29 0:00:00 ( 799 reads )

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London: Enforced disappearance is a special method of repression implemented by the imperialist, reactionary and fascist states against the people and their organized forces. These states, using all kinds of methods in order to repress the developing social opposition, would kidnap and kill the opposition members. And yet, they will not give any information to the relatives and the public on the faith of the disappeared. Thus they would try to put in fear, intimidate and silence the society by putting the faith of the disappeared to uncertainty; whether they are alive or not. While using all kinds of dirty war tactics against the furthering national movements, the colonial states also put into force the policy of enforced disappearances.
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