Day: March 14, 2012
UNHCHR: Send fact-finding mission to Balochistan to investigate atrocities
International Criminal Court: Issue arrest warrants for Pakistani leaders
Balochistan conflict is causing huge damage to Pakistan’s reputation
Speaking at the UN in Geneva, British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has “condemned Pakistan’s intensified repression in Balochistan, urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission, called on the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for Pakistani leaders and outlined proposals for military de-escalation and a negotiated political settlement in Balochistan.”
Mr Tatchell was addressing a panel being held in parallel with the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council. He spoke alongside the Pakistani author Tarek Fatah and the Baloch nationalists and human rights defenders, Mehran Baluch and Noordin Mengal, on Thursday 8 March.
He outlined a six-point programme to deescalate the military conflict and secure a negotiated political settlement in Balochistan:
Ceasefire and the cessation of all military operations, withdrawal of Pakistani troops and paramilitaries to barracks and a halt to the construction of new military bases and outposts – with independent monitoring and supervision by UN observers and peace-keepers.
Release of all political prisoners and a full account of the fate of all disappeared persons.
Open access to all parts of Balochistan for journalists, aid agencies and human rights organisations.
Right of return of displaced refugees, restoration of their property and compensation for losses caused by the conflict.
End inward colonisation of Balochistan by non-Baloch settlers.
UN-supervised referendum on self-determination, including the option of independence.
Mr Tatchell stressed that these are proposals for consideration and debate; with any final decisions being a matter for the people of Balochistan.
“Pakistan is guilty of gross human rights abuses in annexed and occupied Balochistan,” he added.
“These abuses, which include torture and extra-judicial killings, amount to crimes against humanity and are illegal under international law.
“The International Criminal Court must issue arrest warrants for Pakistani political and military leaders who are implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, should head a UN fact-finding mission to Balochistan to investigate human rights abuses,” he said.
Mr Tatchell also made the following additional observations regarding human rights abuses in Balochistan:
“The disappearances and extra-judicial killings of Baloch activists continue unabated, despite claims from the Pakistani government and security forces that they have ended.
“In the last two years, these disappearances and killings have intensified. A new death squad, Tehreek-e-Nefaz-e-Aman Balochistan (TNAB) has emerged, apparently with the connivance or license of the Pakistani security services.
“According to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), in January this year alone 23 bullet-riddled bodies were discovered in Balochistan, with six of these killings being claimed the TNAB.
“From August 2011 to January 2012, 56 Baloch people are known to have been murdered and dumped on roadsides.
“The total number of extra-judicial killings since July 2010 is at least 271, reports the AHRC.
See this AHRC report:
“The escalating human rights abuses in Balochistan are corroborated by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
“It is in the interest of the people of Pakistan for there to be a military ceasefire and a negotiated political settlement. Human rights abuses in Balochistan are causing huge damage to Pakistan’s international reputation.
“The military occupation of Balochistan is costing Pakistan millions. It is a financial burden and drain on the Pakistani economy.
“The money spent of military garrisons and operations would be better spent on health and education for the people of Pakistan.
“Finally, one thing is certain: Like all people everywhere, the people of Balochistan have a right to self-determination. Self-determination is enshrined in the UN Charter.
“Pakistan can delay Balochistan’s right to self-determination – at great financial, moral, political and reputational cost – but the freedom of Balochistan cannot be denied forever,” said Mr Tatchell.
QUETTA: The Baloch Republican Party (BRP) has alleged that security forces have launched a massive ‘siege and search’ operation in different parts of Dera Bugti during which several innocent people had been killed and many had been arrested.
According to a spokesperson for BRP Sher Mohammad Bugti, several innocent people had been killed and many had been apprehended during the operation. Security forces, the Bugti dominated BRP said, had raided houses in Pishani, Buzkushi, Kelri, Seya Tak, Khadeli and Maro area of Dera Bugti.
“Security personnel have violated the sanctity of homes and harassed elders of the families. They also set standing crops on fire,” he alleged. He said many people in large number had been forced to migrate to safer places to escape highhandedness of security forces.
The BRP spokesman demanded Human Rights Organisations and International Community to take notice of human rights violations in the restive Dera Bugti.
However, there have been no confirmations by officials about any operation in Dera Bugti.
Security forces on several occasions contradicted statements of BRP, saying there was no operation going on in any part of Balochistan.
Occupied Balochistan: Occupying Pakistani Forces continued deadly operation in Kaliri, Pashani, Marv and adjoin area of Dera Butgi Balochistan. reposrt of heavy casualties.
According to details that Pakistani Security Froces continues deadly operation in Dera Bugti and adjoin areas. local sources conformed that 11 innocent villagers got martyrdom including children and women’s. The Names of Martyred people are Abdul Rehman, Mrs abdul rehman and his Four innocent children, Hangal s/o Lal khan, Guda / ezzat Bandili s/o mir dost .Gul mohd s/o pir mohd, Duro s/o rasool bux, Karim bux s/o jamal, Bari s/o pir mohd, jalal s/o dhani bux.
local sources aslo conformed that Helicopters and f-16 Jet Fighters also participating in Operation.
Mir Sher Mohammad Bugti the Central spokesman of Baloch Republican Party write on his twitter account that Brutal Pakistani forces continues heavy operation in Dera Bugti and adjoin areas, Mr Bugti Further said that 11 people got martyrdom in operation and dozens of Bugti tribesman were also abducted by Occupying pakistani forces during in operation in Different areas of Dera Bugti.
Mir Sher Mohammad Bugti also appeal to International Media, International Human Rights Organizations and United State to take the notice of Pakistani Barbarism againist Baloch Nation.