May 10, 2016
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1st District) in cooperation with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will be convening a Congressional Briefing on the situation in Balochistan, with the aim to raise awareness among US policymakers of the injustices and oppression faced by the people of Balochistan, which covers areas in present day Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The briefing will take place in Washington DC on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, from 4pm to 4.45pm, in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226.
10 May 2016
4:00pm – 4:45pm
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Gross human rights violations, such as torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings are still the order of the day in Pakistan’s westernmost province, Balochistan. Baloch communities in neighbouring Iran and Afghanistan face similar forms of oppression and targeted persecution. Despite local human rights defenders’ struggle to address these systematic abuses, Islamabad uses intimidation tactics to silence anyone who dares bringing these heinous crimes to light. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s partners in the West pay mere lip service to changing the horrendous status quo. Their half-hearted approach oscillates between public allegiance to international human rights norms and realpolitik based on considerations of power and economic interests, with Balochistan - by virtue of its energy resources and location - being key to energy supply to South Asia.
The briefing will include perspectives from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1st District), Mr Nasser Boladai (UNPO President), Dr Hossein Bor (lawyer and author) and Waheed Baloch (President of the Baloch International League for Peace and Freedom). A written statement by Mr Noordin Mengal (human rights activist) will also be presented.