New York, June 17: Balochistan freedom struggle got an opportunity to raise its voice to highlight the rising human rights violations in Balochistan at UNHRC's 35th session in Geneva. Balochistan Republican Party's Human Rights wing chief slammed Pakistan over violating human rights and suppressing the voice of region who peacefully demands equality, justice and freedom.
In a Right of Reply by a representative of Baloch Republican Party Waja Hakeem Wadela at the ongoing 35th session of United Nations’ Human Rights’ Council said: “Pakistan is continuously violating the UN resolutions against torture, enforced, disappearances, resolutions for the protection of civilians during conflicts and other basic human rights.”
Wadela told the UNHRC that Pakistani security forces are systematically committing gross human rights violation in Balochistan to suppress the peaceful demands of Baloch people for equality, justice and freedom.” The BRP activist requested UN for paying immediate attention at the ongoing attacks on the civil populace, looting and burning houses, enforced disappearances and custodial killings.
“Balochistan is made a no-go zone for independent NGOs and media persons. It is one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world,” Wadela added. Giving the detailed information of Pakistan apathy Wadela said, “430 political activists, students and civilians have been abducted by Pakistani security forces this year alone, the victims of kill and dump operations rises to 76 so far.”
Wadela also noted that the frequent military operations in Awaran, Kech, Kalat, Dera Bugti, Bolan and Marri areas are forcing the locals to leave their houses and migrate. Wadela while concluding his statement appealed to the council to take immediate notice of the human rights violation in Balochistan and take measures to stop the situation from worsening.
After the statement at UNHRC, Baloch Republican Party carried out a protest demonstration in Geneva against state atrocities and human rights abuses in Balochistan. The objective of the protest is to raise awareness about Balochistan’s worsening situation and continuous, gross human rights abuses being committed by the Pakistani state forces. The protesters were carrying banners and placards, reading various slogans against Pakistan aggressions in Balochistan, China’s interference in Balochistan and Baloch genocide.
BRP Swiss chapter president Sher Baz Bugti said, “The protest demonstration was aimed to raise voice and to inform the United Nation and other Human rights organizations about Pakistani military operations, mass Human rights abuses and state atrocities in Balochistan, on this occasion of 35th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.”
In addition, he said that this how Pakistan uses such tactic to suppress the Baloch freedom struggle by force and violations, but unfortunately, United Nations silently watch Pakistan’s war crimes and Human Rights Abuses without doing or speaking anything about it.
He said that Party activists provided undeniable pieces of evidence to the United Nations and Human Rights workers about the Enforced disappearance, Kill and Dump of the Baloch political workers as well as of the ongoing Human Right abuses which clearly indicate the horrors of the state barbarism in Balochistan.
Sher Baz Bugti also appealed Human rights organisations and the United Nations to take quick, effective and practical measures to prevent the ongoing genocide of Baloch people and to notice of the military operations in Balochistan.
Notably, on Thursday, lambasting Pakistan for misusing the UN platform to pursue its political objectives, India told UNHRC to tell Pakistan to vacate illegal occupation of Jammu-Kashmir. India also blamed Pakistan for forcefully controlling Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh region. On the other side, European Union also slammed Pakistan for violation of human rights and on Islamabad’s stand on Kulbhushan Jadhav case.