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Baloch leader urges UN to address human rights violations in Balochistan

ANI  |  Geneva [Switzerland] 

The of the Students Organization (BSO) Sohrab urged the newly appointed (UN) to address the human rights violations taking place in

In a moving open letter to Bachelet, wrote, "The have been systematically marginalised and deprived of basic rights. Moreover, those who stand against state's discriminate and brutal policies towards Baloch people, are subjected to enforced disappearance and most of the time executed extrajudicially."

"Over the years, Baloch human rights groups and international human rights institutions on the situation of have reported serious continuing human rights violations against Baloch people," he added.

Accusing the of suppressing the rights of civilians and systematically impending the movement of activists through indiscriminate crackdown, Baloch alleged, "For last one decade, we are witnessing a barrage of indiscriminate attacks targeting civilians and crackdown against political activists, human rights defenders, journalists and intellectuals including member and leadership of Baloch Students Organization-Azad."

"On the contrary, the and security establishment's response to these documented reports have ranged from the blanket of denials of any wrongdoing by security forces to numerous attempts to discredit reports of abuses by human rights organizations, eyewitnesses and survivors," he wrote in the letter.

Appealing that the UN should "proactively engage with and convey the concern about the gravity of the situation", Baloch stated, "I believe that your leadership on this matter would send a powerful message to the and military and could prevent further atrocities and violations in

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 04:50 IST