UNPO & WBO Protest Human Rights Violations in Balochistan in Geneva
On 17 September 2017, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in collaboration with the World Baloch Organisation (WBO) organised a protest in front of the United Nations headquarters by the iconic Broken Chair 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 United Nations Human Rights Council to protest 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 during 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.