His Excellency António Guterres
United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY 10017
Subject: Continued human rights violation in Balochistan
Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) would like to draw your kind attention on the human rights violations being committed by the Pakistani security agencies in Balochistan.
Over the past many years, the people of Balochistan have witnessed immense and brutal measures from the State of Pakistan in response to the legitimate demands of the Baloch people for fundamental human rights of civil liberty, justice, and right to self-determination. The Pakistani state has responded with the brutal measures from its military, intelligence agencies and paramilitary forces. Thousands of innocent men, women, and children have been mercilessly killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced and thousands are missing and their whereabouts are still unknown. We genuinely believe that the lives of thousands of missing persons are in grave danger.
In addition, the Pakistani military establishment has created numerous religious terrorist organizations as proxy “Death Squads” comprising of drug peddlers, dacoits, and convicted criminals. These are given the task of physically eliminating Baloch intellectuals, political and human rights activists. For the last many years, a large number of prominent Baloch social, intellectual and political figures have been targeted. The role of the security establishment and its proxy organizations in the killings and abduction of the Baloch activists have been highlighted in detailed reports from international organizations, some of them are affiliated with the United Nations. It should be noted that access has been denied to foreign observers, journalists, and humanitarian organizations to enter the conflict zones in Balochistan since 2002.
We expect that UN will take cognizance of this aspect of human right violation in Balochistan. It is high time that the UN must ensure the physical safety and security of those who are missing for years.
Dear Mr. Secretary General,
The acts of human rights abuses in Balochistan implicate serious violations of Pakistan’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICCPED) and other applicable norms of international human rights laws.
We once again request you to take the cognizance of the grave situation in Balochistan and pressurize the Pakistani state for an immediate end to genocide acts being committed on the Baloch people. We hope that your personal intervention will give the much-needed relief to a people long been subjected to inhuman atrocities.
Baloch Human Rights Council (UK)