Wed, Apr 26, 2017 | updated 05:17 PM IST

Arrest, deportation of Baloch and human rights activists by Thailand invites global condemnation

Updated: Nov 30, 2016 16:41 IST      
Arrest, deportation of Baloch and human rights activists by Thailand invites global condemnation

Bangkok [Thailand], Nov.30 (ANI): The detention and deportation of two Baloch political activists and a human rights campaigner by authorities in Thailand has invited global condemnation.

On November 26, Thai police arrested Munir Mengal, the founder of the Baloch Voice Association and Bilal Baloch, a journalist, both residents of France from a Bangkok hotel and deported them for holding a conference on Balochistan.

Police also arrested and interrogated Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) commissioner Bashir Naveed and placed him in a detention centre for over 24 hours the next day. He was later deported to Hong Kong.

Thai authorities have revoked their visas and added that they had no permission from the government to conduct the conference. Munir Mengal, however, told ANI from Paris that he was holding a valid non-immigrant (ED category) visa and had taken permission from Thai Embassy in Paris about holding a conference in Bangkok.

The conference was to be held between November 28-30 on the theme "Balochistan Geopolitics and the Baloch? An analysis of Past, Present and Future". It was expected to be attended by many delegates from Pakistan, Europe, Russia, Japan and the United States.

Munir told ANI, "The Baloch will not stop their demand to regain sovereignty of their land. The Baloch people have been suppressed and are facing a human rights crisis. Now, China has joined Pakistan to loot the resources in Balochistan."

Many delegates, who had already reached the venue to attend the conference, were surprised by the act of the Thai authorities.

They blamed the Thai government for acting against the Baloch and others on behest of China and Pakistan, as the conference was about to raise the issue of multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Col. Shun-ichi Fujiki, a delegate from Japan, said, "There is a lot of investment coming from China to Thailand and obviously China may have requested the Thai government to detain and deport them".

He added, "Pakistan does not have much influence in Thailand, but China does, as they have a huge investment there".

Robert Darius, a delegate from Dallas, Texas, in the United States, said, "We love Thailand, it's a great country, but we wonder what triggered the Thai government to cancel this conference. We are not happy about that".

Speaking about the CPEC, he added, "The China Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring more Chinese influence in South East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. It will be a great boon for Chinese to export things through a land route all way from China directly and will save great deal of money. But it will also inject regional rivalry".

"I hope that indigenous people of Balochistan have some benefit and gain from this economic corridor. But, people in Balochistan feel they have nothing to gain from CPEC", added Robert.

Munir Mengal said that a delegation from Pakistan had applied for visas to attend the Bangkok conference, but none of them were allowed.

He said, "This act shows that how China and Pakistan are in a state of panic about the voices of Baloch people. This action shows the ugly face and intentions of these states, and that they have nothing for the Baloch.

"They want to maintain their occupation of Balochistan and eliminate the Baloch people through military operations and aerial bombardments and loot their resources", added Mengal. (ANI)

Yerevan (Armenia), Apr 26 (ANI): Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that the countries that have invested in educating their populations, built strong consumer economies, and have democratic institutions that can deal with social change will benefit.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Apr. 26 (ANI): A California judge has blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds to "sanctuary cities", the communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday and discussed Afghanistan and regional security.

Full Story >>

China launches first indigenously built aircraft carrier

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 12:36 IST     

Dalian [China], Apr 26 (ANI): China on Wednesday launched its second aircraft carrier, the first to be developed and built indigenously, in a Dalian shipyard in Liaoning Province.

Full Story >>

Peshawar [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has accused the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) regime of offering him Rs10 billion to back down from the Panamagate case.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Three militants believed to be associated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat (TTS) and Jundullah, a female facilitator and her five-year-old daughter were killed in a paramilitary force operation in Karachi's Urdu Bazaar area.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Apr 26 (ANI): Security forces cordoned off a one-storied house at Chapainawabganj's Shibganj upazila in Bangladesh this morning after suspecting the presence of a militant hideout.

Full Story >>

Dawn leaks report to be submitted to PM Sharif today

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 11:12 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan's Ministry of Interior said has received the Dawn leaks report which will be submitted to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today.

Full Story >>

US' THAAD equipment installation underway in South Korea

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 10:20 IST     

Seoul/Seongju [South Korea], April 26 (ANI): The U.S. troops in South Korea began installing the equipment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an advanced missile defense system.

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Apr 26 (ANI): Representatives of the Russian airline Aeroflot have said that it is reasonable for the female flight attendants to face financial penalties if they are deemed overweight.

Full Story >>

Pakistan: 14 killed as landmine blast hits van in Kurram

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 08:34 IST     

Peshawar [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): At least 14 people were killed when a passenger vehicle hit an anti-tank mine in Gudar area of Central Kurram Agency early Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 26 (ANI): Law enforcement officials across six cities in Washington, DC, metropolitan area on Wednesday will conduct a full scale drill to prepare for terror attacks.

Full Story >>

Rod Rosenstein set to be next U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:58 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): After a 94-6 Senate vote, Rod Rosenstein was confirmed to be the next deputy attorney general.

Full Story >>

Canada outsmarted American politicians for years: Trump

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:57 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): In a surprising move, especially after the recent pleasant diplomatic exchange between the two neighbours, President Donald Trump trained his guns on Canada saying the nation has been "very rough on the United States".

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Apr. 26 (ANI): With the Canadian government officially confirming its plans to legalise marijuana with an addendum that it will not include a blanket pardon for those with past pot convictions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted that his late brother was once charged with marijuana possession and that their father's connections and intervention helped in making the charges "go away".

Full Story >>

Buckle up! Uber to launch 'flying cars' by 2020

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:22 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): Uber is literally aiming for the skies as the tech company announced that it has struck partnerships with the cities of Dallas and Dubai to demonstrate a network of flying cars by 2020.

Full Story >>

Berlin: Ivanka Trump booed for defending her father

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 04:38 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): Upon defending her father at a women's panel in Berlin and trying to portray him as a committed individual to women's issues, the U.S. President's daughter Ivanka Trump was met with boos and hisses by the attendees.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): With the intent of combating 'fake news' in the industry, the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has announced the launch of a news platform that will bring journalists together with a legion of fact checkers- the "Wikitribune."

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): On the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance, President Donald Trump strongly condemned anti-Semitism and swore that he will always stand with the Jewish people and with 'great partner and friend' Israel.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Canada of making business for American dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult.

Full Story >>