NEW YORK: Members of the Free Balochistan Movement protested in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York to highlight the plight, atrocities and human rights violations on the people of Balochistan by Pakistan.
The protesters gathered at the Isaiah Wall, a gathering spot for demonstrators across the street from the General Assembly Building, yesterday and raised slogans urging the UN to intervene into the matter.
Raising slogans, “Balochistan needs your help. Pakistan shame shame!UN UN where are you?”, the protestors held banners which read ‘Human rights violations in Balochistan’.
Farzana Majeed Baluch, a Baloch activist, had earlier asked the people having interest in human rights issues to join the cause.
“Who have interest in international human rights issues,come join our protest on 3 to 5pm at UN headquarters New York USA. #BalochAtUN,” she tweeted.
The protesters also put on display dolls with blood stains on them to demonstrate the link between how their people were treated.
Today’s protest is the not the first one to highlight the atrocities by Pakistan on the Baloch people.
Long run India-Balochistan friendship! - Baloch activists during protest at UN office against Pak atrocities in NYC pic.twitter.com/kPOG8BggeY— ANI (@ANI_news) September 14, 2016
Several Baloch activists have in the past warned of more protests against the concerned authorities in Pakistan for the human rights violations in the region.
Dilshad Baloch, an activist, had earlier confirmed that Baloch activists will protest outside the United Nations General Assembly on September 13.
"We are going to hopefully see more of these protests in the future and there are going to be bigger and more frequent protests. We will now protest on September 13 outside the UN General Assembly," he told ANI.
Earlier, protests were held in Melbourne to save Baloch women and the atrocities going on in Balochistan, especially to highlight that the house of Peer Jan Baloch in Turbat is under siege by the Pakistan Army for the past six days. Peer Jan Baloch is the nephew of Rauf Baloch.
While both are reported to be staying together, Rauf Baloch has been alleged by the forces of hosting the family members of a senior Baloch political leader.
The Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) also staged a protest in front of the Karachi Press Club.
The Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists also staged a protest in Busan, South Korea, to highlight the atrocities and human rights violations in Balochistan.
Earlier, welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on Balochistan in his Independence Day address, several Baloch activists claimed that the people of the region support him and he should take up the Baloch issue with the international community at the United Nations.
In a bid to highlight the ongoing Baloch genocide and human rights violations and the disappearance of Baloch people through the hands of Pakistani military and intelligence agencies in Balochistan , the Baloch National Movement (BNM) Germany chapter had held demonstrations in different cities last month.
Many activists are asserting that more than 23,000 activists, students, lawyers, women, journalists, writers and human rights defenders have been enforced disappeared by the Pakistani army and its death squads since 2003.
Balochs want India’s direct intervention in Balochistan: Baloch Republican Party
GENEVA: The Baloch Republican Party (BRP) has said their leaders are seeking asylum in India as they want New Delhi’s direct intervention on the Balochistan issue just like it assisted East Pakistan in 1971 to gain freedom against West Pakistan (now Pakistan).
“We think it is an absolutely right decision (to seek asylum in India). It is our neighbouring country and it is a responsible country. It is its responsibility to protect and rescue us from atrocities like they did in the year 1971. It should similarly help the Baloch community and intervene directly to protect it,” BRP spokesperson Sher Mohammad Bugti told ANI.
He said the Baloch leaders and activists living abroad are facing problems regarding asylum in Europe as the process there has become too lengthy, adding Baloch Republican Party chief Brahumdagh Khan Bugti is not able to travel because he has not been given travel documents.
“If he is unable to travel than it’s all in vain,” said Sher Mohammad arguing Brahumdagh needs travel documents so that he can travel, meet people and globally highlight the atrocities on the Baloch community and the human rights violations by Pakistani forces.
“If travel documents are not there, it will be difficult to internationally highlight the Baloch cause. That is why Baloch leaders want to now seek asylum in India so that they can get travel documents,” he added.
When asked as to why many Baloch people are unable to get an asylum in other countries, he said, “Every nation has its own interests. Many nations don’t get threatened by Pakistan or its warnings, but instead believe in humanity and thus many have received asylum. Norway, Sweden, UK they have provided asylum to many on the basis that Balochs are victims of genocide and face life threats. Different countries deal with it in different ways.”
Responding to how the condition in Balochistan has changed after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Balochistan in his Independence Day address on August 15, Bugti said, “After August 15, they (Pakistan) have intensified the bloodshed and operations in the entire Balochistan especially Dera Bugti. There have been around 100 to 150 causalities and some 200 to 300 people have been kidnapped, majority of whom are women.”
He added that the injured are being denied proper medical treatment and those killed are not being allowed to be buried.
“The dead bodies of those dead are not being released for burial. The region has started smelling. And when they are buried, they are not given a proper burial,” he said.
He also alleged that the faces of those killed are distorted so that they cannot be recognized by their relatives and many families don’t even know whether their missing relatives are alive or dead.
“They just want to wipe out the entire Baloch community and grab their land. Secondly, the population in Punjab is alarming and they want to shift the populace in Punjab to Balochistan,” he added.