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VBMP and BRO protest against ongoing HR violations in Balochistan

Post  Bolan on Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:25 pm

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and Baloch Human Rights Organisation staged a protest demonstration on the day of international day of the victims of enforced disappearance on Friday.

The protesters were carrying different placards and banners, demanding immediate recovery of the missing persons. The missing persons’ relatives were also carrying the pictures of their beloved ones.

A spokesperson of the Baloch Human Rights Organisation said on Friday that around 404 people have been forcibly disappeared while 48 decomposed bodies are found dumped in different areas of Balochistan during the current year.

Addressing a news conference at the Quetta Press, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, the BHRO leader Mah Ganj Baloch said that the major slogan of the current Pakistani government was to recover the missing persons, but the incidents of mutilated bodies are still taking which is regrettable. She revealed that since January 2013, around 404 people were whisked away and 36 of were released. She said that 48 mutilated bodies were found dumped at various barren places in Balochistan.

She said the Supreme Court repeatedly issued orders for the recovery of missing persons but nothing has been done so far in this regard.

She said that 53 people were disappeared in January, 54 in February, 68 in March, 69 in April, 53 in May, 27 in June, 46 in July and 35 in August. She further reveals that around 13,000 people disappeared in Balochistan during the past decade.

She appealed the United Nations and other human rights organisations to play their role for the recovery of missing persons in Balochistan. Mah Ganj Baloch said claimed that the United Nations knew about the missing persons issue in Balochistan but has done nothing in this connection so far.

Meanwhile, addressing the protesters, VBMP chairman Nasrullah Baloch said that violation of human rights is still underway in Balochistan, as the people are being subjected to extra-judicial disappearances.

He said the dumping of mutilated bodies had also increased and now the bullet-riddled bodies were also being dumped outside Balochistan, particularly in Karachi.

He appealed to the international human rights organisations to take notice of abduction and killing of Baloch activists by state functionaries.

The sister of abducted Baloch student Zakir Majeed said that she had come to join the protest to tell the world that Pakistan was committing gross human rights violations in Balochistan. Mr Zakir Majeed was abducted in 2009 from Mastung area of Balochistan and his whereabouts are still unknown.

Another protester Dr Sarwar Bangulzai said that he and his nephew Zafarrullah Bangulzai were abducted from Elpelinji area of Mastung on 13 July 2010 during a search operation. He was released 13 days later but his nephew is still being held incommunicado.

The protesters urged the international community and international human rights organisations to play their role for the safe release of their loved ones.
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