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Free Balochistan Movement hold protests to mark 'International Human Rights Day'

ANI  |  Braunschweig/London [United Kingdom/Germany] 

The Movement (FBM) held several simultaneous protests and awareness campaign in London, Germany, Netherlands, USA, and on December 10 to mark the 'International Day'.

The activists distributed several thousand leaflets during their three-day campaign in Germany's Braunschweig city asserting that Baloch people are facing torture, abductions, mass executions and military operations among other abuses and violations. In a nutshell, Baloch people face state genocidal policies from and just because they own a land rich in resources.

"Today we are marking the day in and many other countries simultaneously as the 'International Day' declared by the in 1948, the same year when occupied Since then, is struggling for their basic right of freedom and liberty but it is sad to see the Baloch voice has always been unnoticed and unheard," the activists highlighted.

They Baloch activists have urged all free-born human beings to come forward, raise voices and fulfil their moral responsibilities, so that "we, Baloch, also avail our right to live free and get rid of the inhuman treatment from ruthless Islamic fanatics who are also responsible for terrorising the "

The enforced disappearances are an urgent issue in Balochistan. The and security forces have abducted and disappeared, at least 20,000 Baloch political and human rights activists since 2000. So far mutilated bodies of about 6000 of these victims have been discovered in different parts of Balochistan.

In London, the activist though a letter informed that enforced disappearances of Baloch political and human rights activists are not a new occurrence. The of illegally occupied the independent state of Balochistan in March 1948.

"To this day, Pakistan has carried out five major military operations in Balochistan. As a result of which thousands of Baloch have been killed, disappeared and over a million have been displaced. The policy of abduction, torture, rape, and killing of Baloch women and children in Balochistan started with illegal occupation of Balochistan by Targeting Baloch women and children has been a chief policy of Pakistan to pressurise the Baloch political and human rights activists to stop their activities for independence and for the Baloch freedom fighters to hand themselves into the Pakistani army," the speakers explained.

The participants said that for the recovery of their loved ones, the Baloch families have organised the longest march in human history from Shal, the capital city in eastern Balochistan, to capital city of Pakistan about 3000 kilometres in 2013. These families have also been sitting in from for more than 3400 Days.

"East Balochistan is under total military occupation of Pakistan and all news about Balochistan is controlled by the There is no independent media, or a human rights organisation in Balochistan," Baloch leader said.

The FBM activists have urged and other Human Rights activists to take a few steps for ending enforced-disappearance in Balochistan.

They have demanded a formation of an independent committee comprising the representatives of the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Asian Human Rights Commission, Red Cross, Independent academics and Baloch representatives to investigate and report openly all cases of Baloch abducted and disappeared persons by the Islamic State of Pakistan.

The Baloch activists also require free access to all independent media to every corner of Balochistan to reveal the true situation and to report actual facts about Balochistan to the

They also sought for an immediate release of all abducted Baloch political and human rights activists, especially innocent Baloch women and children.

Lastly, they also demanded an identification and prosecution of all members of the of Pakistan and their proxies who have committed crimes against humanity in Balochistan in an open and independent court.

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First Published: Tue, December 11 2018. 09:38 IST