World Baloch Organization protests against Pakistan at UN in Geneva

ANI | Updated: Sep 18, 2017 05:42 IST

Geneva [Switzerland], Sept 18 (ANI): World Baloch Organisation (WBO) organised a protest in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to raise awareness for human rights violations in Balochistan.

Human rights activists, Baloch representatives and allies of the Baloch cause came together during the 36th Session of the UNHRC to protest against the gross human rights violations inflicted upon the indigenous Baloch people.

The protestors voiced their discontent of the general human rights situation in Balochistan and the amplification of these violations since the ruthless implementation of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Since the construction of CPEC has begun, Baloch people have been forcefully cleared, enforcedly disappeared and effectively excluded from the project on all levels - despite plentiful promises made by the Pakistani authorities of development and employment. Any form of dissent against the project has been brutally silenced, showing the respective authorities dedication to go forth with the construction undisturbed.

Standing beside the significant Broken Chair Monument at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the protest successfully raised awareness for the rampant human rights violations in Balochistan and systemic marginalisation and oppression of the Baloch people.

"Our aim is to raise voice against human right violation in Pakistan, our aim is to raise voice against military operation in Balochistan and there is a China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which is against the will of Baloch people, so that's why we are protesting here to highlight human right violation in Balochistan," Shahjan Baloch, Baloch human rights activist, told ANI.

Asserting that Pakistan was violating basic fundamental human right of excess to justice, Shahjan alleged that Baloch people who are arrested in Pakistan are not being given excess to judiciary as they not being produced in the court as per the law.

Shahjan further said the reality in Balochistan is different than what is being portrayed by media as indigenous communities in the region have no access to clean drinking water.

"Protest like this will bring these causes to the public's attention and to understand that the indigeneous people of Baloch are suffering due to implementation of CPEC project," Nicoletta Enria, project officer, Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization (UNPO) told ANI. (ANI)