BHRO & VMBP protest on Eid

Baloch Humans Right Organization and Voice for Baloch Missing Persons held a protest demonstration in front of Quetta Press Club against extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and military operations in Balochistan. Families of victims of enforced disappearance were carrying pictures of their loved one and play cards and banners demanding safe recovery of enforced disappeared persons and stop military operations.

While addressing protestors, the Chairperson of Baloch Human Rights Organization Bibi Gul Baloch said; “like every year, families of victims of enforced disappearances are protesting on the day of Eid for the safe recovery of their loved ones who were forcibly disappeared by security forces and are kept in undisclosed torture cells for years.” Due to enforced disappearances, many families are suffering from depression but the federal and Balochistan’s government have completely failed to recover disappeared persons which we strongly condemn. People around the world spend Eid with their families and make special memories whereas the families of enforced disappeared persons are demonstrating in front of Quetta Press Club for the recovery of their loved ones. It is a matter of shame for the government that on this day the helpless mothers, sisters and innocent children of Balochistan are holding pictures of their loved ones on roads.

The chairperson further stated that Balochistan is depicting a horrible and terrible picture due to enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, recovery of mutilated bodies on a daily basis and military operations. People of Balochistan are compelled to leave their native lands and their sources of income but security forces are still targeting them in other areas too while the government is witnessing it silently.

The Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Mama Qadeer Baloch said that forces have increased the military operations and enforced disappearances in Balochistan. An increase in enforced disappearances of students has been recorded in recent days. They were taken away from their educational institutions and while traveling which should be condemned at all levels.

He said each year on Eid, VBMP, and BHRO along with families of victims of enforced disappearances protest in front of Quetta Press Club and demand for the safe recovery of civilians from the illegal custody of forces. Instead of solving this humanitarian problem, we are being threatened to remain silent and it is a violation of our basic rights. Despite the promises and assurances of Balochistan government, forces are continuously abducting people on a daily basis while the government is falsely claiming to release them.

The representatives Baloch Human Rights Organization and Voice for Baloch Missing Persons appeal to the federal and provincial government to take measurements to stop the enforced disappearances, killings and military operations by security forces in Balochistan and relieve the people of Balochistan who have been through constant pain from many years.

Human Rights Council of Balochistan (Hakkpaan) is a non-profit and non-partisan human rights group based in Balochistan and Sweden. It collects reports from Balochistan, a region Pakistan government does not allow any media and HR group to visit and report. Human rights violations in Balochistan is not a new phenomenon, but it got its worst levels after the Military coup de tat of Pakistan in 1999. Thousands of Baloch have been reported missing, hundreds killed in fake encounters and so-called kill and dump policy of the military. HRCB collects the data from Balochistan itself, through its network of volunteers and supporters, organizes and reports them to the human rights mechanisms of the world.