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AHRC Journal: Torture - Action Against Persecution (Dec 2013)

thumbnail imageTo address these gross human rights violations and important global and regional security challenges, international experts, academics, Baloch representatives and high-ranking politicians came together to share their insights and expertise concerning the uncertain future of Balochistan, Pakistan and the wider region.

Rights violations, mass killings in Balochistan discussed at UNHRC in Geneva

thumbnail imageTo address these gross human rights violations and important global and regional security challenges, international experts, academics, Baloch representatives and high-ranking politicians came together to share their insights and expertise concerning the uncertain future of Balochistan, Pakistan and the wider region.

A long haul

thumbnail image“It is with our gas that you light your stoves every morning, yet you hound us with your anti-human policies without realising our basic social, political and economic needs,” insisted Farzana Baloch.

Amnesty International Describes Balochistan Mass Graves as “Violations Implicating the State”

thumbnail imageAmnesty International calls on the Pakistani authorities to ensure an independent and impartial investigation into the unmarked graves found in Totak, near Khuzdar in Balochistan province on 25 January and the alleged abduction and extra judicial execution of a child by state security forces two weeks earlier. Urgent action must also be taken to protect “Long March” activists who have received death threats for highlighting the human rights situation in Balochistan and investigate the source of these threats. Farzan Majeed (29) is daughter of Baloch nationalist leader, Majeed Bizenjo. Majeed in his youth was a student activist with progressive leanings. After students politics he emerged as an active leader of the Baloch National Movement (Haye). He was assassinated and his assassination was given the colour of a tribal conflict. However, his comrades believe that it was a conspiracy to eliminate him. His radical political views were not tolerated by the authorities.

'I have lost my health, not my courage', says Farzana Majeed

thumbnail imageIn Baloch society where women rarely play a role in public life, Farzana Majeed has bucked the trend. She has emerged as a symbol of struggle for Baloch missing persons. Farzan Majeed (29) is daughter of Baloch nationalist leader, Majeed Bizenjo. Majeed in his youth was a student activist with progressive leanings. After students politics he emerged as an active leader of the Baloch National Movement (Haye). He was assassinated and his assassination was given the colour of a tribal conflict. However, his comrades believe that it was a conspiracy to eliminate him. His radical political views were not tolerated by the authorities.

Activists want UN inquiry into Pakistan mass graves

thumbnail imageRights organizations have expressed shock over the discovery of mass graves in Pakistan's insurgency-marred Balochistan province and have called on the UN to send a fact-finding mission for an inquiry.

PAKISTAN: More than 100 dead bodies from three mass graves were found in one district of Balochistan

thumbnail imageThe UN and international human rights organisations must send fact finding missions to probe the illegal disposal of Baloch people in mass graves

Balochistan unrest: Tortured body of child found in Turbat

thumbnail imageThe tortured and bullet-riddled body of a 10-year-old has been found in Turbat district of Balochistan on Sunday. Chakar Baloch, a student in the third grade, went missing on January 7 from main Turbat bazaar, according to local police.

PAKISTAN: Balochistan; 160 persons extra judicially killed, 510 disappeared and 50 decomposed bodies were found during 2013

thumbnail imageA child of 15 was arrested by the security forces in October and there has been no response from the authorities

Balochi journalist’s mutilated body found in Karachi

thumbnail imageThe mutilated body of Balochistan-based journalist Haji Abdul Razzak was identified by his family today, one day after it was found in Karachi, Pakistan’s business capital. Missing since 24 March, Razzak was tortured to death.

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