Stop Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances in Balochistan
crisisbalochistan.com in cooperation with Baloch human rights groups, International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and Baloch Human Rights Council
Photo: Qambar Chakar Baloch, extrajudically killed January 5, 2011
TO: US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and others*
WE THE UNDERSIGNED wish to bring to the attention of the World Community the continuing plight of Baloch Citizens living within Pakistan.
Balochistan is an area of great geopolitical significance, and the continued extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses contribute to the destabilizing of an already unstable area, which has ramifications in the US and the world over.
As author Ahmed Rashid reports: Worsening violence in Balochistan is going largely unnoticed as Pakistan slides ever deeper into crisis. The province has become the epicentre for regional warfare - threatening stability in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
“A year ago the Supreme Court promised to look into the cases of hundreds of Baloch who have gone missing over the years or made to disappear, but no remedies have been offered.
“Some of those missing are political figures, others victims of criminal syndicates looking for ransom, while others are just innocent bystanders.
‘The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says the situation in the province is close to civil war. In a recent report it says security has further deteriorated and 45 decomposed bodies have been found since July 2010 while 298 persons have gone missing.”
– Ahmed Rashid, BBC News.
‘The report of the judicial commission set up last year to probe cases of involuntary disappearances has not been officially released. But the extracts from it carried by the media contain enough evidence of gross abuse of power by the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies that no modern government can choose to ignore.” Read this report from Dawn here:
“Human rights groups estimate that at least 300 people have died in extrajudicial executions, one of which was recently captured in a gruesome video that circulated on the internet.” Read this report from The Guardian here:
We strongly condemn the widespread human rights atrocities against the Baloch people. Reports from human rights organizations emerge every day detailing state repression, from rape to assassination. These abuses violate the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Pakistan is a signatory, and the UN Convention Against Torture, which Pakistan has not ratified, beginning with the rupture of constitutional order and resulting in thousands of rights violations, including but not limited to:
• Extrajudicial killings
• Enforced disappearances
• Rape and gang rape
• Mass detentions in subhuman prison facilities
• The censorship of media by means of threatening and killing journalists
• Psychological warfare
• Impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes
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*cc: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
President Barak Obama
Human Rights Watch
President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister of Pakistan: Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani
Interior Minister: Rahman Malik
Chief Justice of Pakistan: Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Chief Minister of Balochistan: Nawab, Mohammad Aslam Khan Raisani
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani
Senator John F. Kerry, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Senator Robert P. Casey, Chairman, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South & Central Asian Affairs
Congressman Brad Sherman, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Congressman Gary Ackerman, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the ME & South Asia
International Criminal Court President Sang-Hyun Song
International Criminal Court Prosecutor is Luis Moreno Ocampo
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