The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Monday, June 26, 2006

Christian, Hindu and Jewish NGOs demand Iran and Pakistan to end human rights violations in Balochistan

PRESS RELEASE:


Iran and Pakistan are on Freedom House's list of the "Worst of the Worst" violators of human rights


KALAT, Balochistan -- On Monday, the following twelve non-governmental organizations (NGO) jointly filed an appeal for human rights protection of the Baloch people in Iran and Pakistan with the United Nation’s Human Rights Council:

B'nai B'rith International
Coordinating Board of Jewish Organisations
Dzeno Association
Indian Social Institute
International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
International Union of Notaries
S. M. Sehgal Foundation
Transnational Radical Party
UN Watch
Union Internationale des Avocats
Women's International Zionist Organization
World Union of Progressive Judaism


UN Watch delivered the joint appeal on behalf of the NGOs to the UN Human Rights Council during its first session on June 26, 2006 to implement GA Resolution 60/251 in occupied Balochistan.

The Human Rights Council was established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 60/251 of March 15, 2006, which stated that the Human Rights Council would replace the Commission on Human Rights, which will be formally abolished on 16 June 2006. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated that, “Now the real work begins”. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Arbour, also saluted the creation of the Human Rights Council, calling its establishment “a historic opportunity to improve the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms of people around the world.”

UN Watch is a NGO based in Geneva whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter. Areas of interest include: UN management reform, the UN and civil society, equality within the UN, and the equal treatment of member states. UN Watch notes that the disproportionate attention and unfair treatment applied by the UN toward Israel over the years offers an object lesson (though not the only one) in how due process, equal treatment, and other fundamental principles of the UN Charter are often ignored or selectively upheld.

UN Watch pleaded in its appeal, “The eyes of the world are turned to the new Human Rights Council in the hope that it will effectively protect and promote human rights universally. Therefore we look to the full implementation of GA Resolution 60/251.”

It emphasized, “To truly address the reality of human rights violations on the ground, the Council cannot shy away from the most relevant situations around the world. In her recent report, the High Commissioner for Human Rights has mentioned the situations of Uzbekistan, Somalia, Sudan, Colombia, Nepal, Togo, Burma and the DPRK. Based on Freedom House's list of the "Worst of the Worst" violators and our own estimates, the following (Iran and Pakistan) is a small selection for the Council's consideration.

“(According to Amnesty International Report, 2006) Iran consistently represses the rights of human rights defenders, political prisoners, and minorities. Discriminatory laws and practices in particular target ethnic and religious minorities, especially the Baloch.

“(According to various human rights reports) In Pakistan, violence against women remains a pressing issue, symbolized by the plight of Mukhtaran Mai. In the minority province of Balochistan, security agencies are committing arbitrary arrests and detention, extrajudicial executions, torture and "disappearances" of student and labor union leaders.”

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile has approached various international organizations to inform them of the gross human rights violations being committed by the Iranian and Pakistani governments in occupied Balochistan. GOB (Exile) appealed to these organizations to use their position to put an end to the “Baloch Holocaust”.

General Secretary of GOB (Exile), Mir Azaad Khan Baloch questioned the global community for allowing the Iranian and the Pakistani regimes to commit crimes against humanity in occupied Balochistan without any ramifications. He stated that both these rogue countries have launched military operations against the Baloch freedom fighters and non-combatant, innocent men, women and children that simply want self-determination, a universal right of the Baloch people. He regretted that there were no sincere efforts being pursued by any government around the world to force the Iranian and Pakistani forces to end their ruthless extermination of the Baloch people.


Baloch News Bureau Report


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/

4 Comments:

  • As a Baloch, and as a Baloch Citizen of the the United States of America, I thank these Hindu, Jewish and Christian NGOs for asking the Pakistani and Iranian regimes to end violations of human rights in Balochistan. God bless you all.

    Sincerely,

    Malek Towghi, Ph.D.,International Liaison for The Baloch HumanRights International

    By Anonymous Malek Towghi, Ph.D., at Monday, June 26, 2006  

  • Dear Dr. Malek Towghi,

    The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile would like to thank these NGOs on behalf of the Baloch nation. It is quite peculiar that the Muslim world is completely silent about the “Baloch Holocaust” which is being orchestrated by the Islamic Republics of Iran and Pakistan! However, the Muslim countries -- and their media and public -- are certainly loud and clear about the Kashmiri and Palestinian issues.

    Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
    General Secretary
    The Government of Balochistan in Exile

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Monday, June 26, 2006  

  • Thank you for your effort in contacting these organizations. The Baloch could you use the support of the world community to guarantee their rights. The Baloch will never forget who spoke up for them when they were in this dire situation. The United Nations Human Rights Council should now fulfill its mandate and act vigorously to protect the human rights of the Baloch.

    By Anonymous Gul Agha, at Tuesday, June 27, 2006  

  • Dear Gul Agha,

    The Governor of Pakistani occupied Balochistan has publicly admitted that Balochistan has now become the center of world politics. Baloch communities within Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, and the Baloch Diaspora must persist in our efforts to drum up international support for the Baloch cause. We should continue our efforts to eventually liberate Balochistan.

    I agree with you that the newly formed UN Human Rights Council should protect the human rights of the Baloch people.


    Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
    General Secretary
    The Government of Balochistan in Exile

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Tuesday, June 27, 2006  

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