Anti-Pakistan protests held outside UK Parliament, in New York on UN Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

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Protesters outside the Pakistan Consulate in New York over the atrocities committed against the minorities in Pakistan.


Protesters outside the Pakistan Consulate in New York over the atrocities committed against the minorities in Pakistan.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspANI

Key Highlights

  • The protesters who held protests against the Pakistan government in front of the UK Parliament were members of the Sindhi Baloch Forum.
  • The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 21, 201.
  • Thousands of Balochs have been abducted and disappeared since the illegal occupation of the region by Pakistan.

London: On the occasion of the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Free Balochistan Movement protesters staged demonstrations outside the official residence of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London. The protesters who held protests against the Pakistan government in front of the UK Parliament were members of the Sindhi Baloch Forum.

The members of Pakistan’s minority community also protested outside the Pakistan Consulate in New York over the atrocities committed against the minorities in Pakistan.

“We request the civilised world, international community, international court of justice, the United Nations and other human rights organisations to take this as a matter of urgency, to end unlawful abductions and incommunicado detentions. Enforced disappearances are a tool of intimidation that grossly violates human rights laws,” the protesters demand.

The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 21, 2010, over deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction, when these are part of or amount to enforced disappearances, and by the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared.

Hundreds of thousands of people have vanished during conflicts or periods of repression in at least 85 countries around the world.

Pakistan-occupied Balochistan has a long history of enforced disappearances. Thousands of Balochs have been abducted and disappeared since the illegal occupation of the region by Pakistan and hundreds of others have been eliminated in the line of Pakistan’s “kill and dump” policy. Thousands still remain unaccounted for.

Pakistani state has used enforced disappearance as a tool to silence the oppressed people of Balochistan since the very first day of its occupation. Innumerable abductees have been killed, while many others are still facing inhuman torture in army secrets cells. Baloch people have now taken to the streets and the families of the disappeared people suffer significant harm and continue to live with uncertainty about the fate or whereabouts of their loved ones. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, there has been an increase in cases of Baloch women being targeted by security forces. 



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