Apr 19, 2018

Sindh: WSC Organises Remembrance Day In Tribute To Lost Compatriots

In New York on 15 April 2018, UNPO Member the World Sindhi Congress (WSC) held a conference to mark the Remembrance Day for all victims resulting from the Sindhi struggle for emancipation. The Sindhi have long been leading a struggle for their rights in the Sindh region of Pakistan, with many of them suffering brutal working conditions and consistent government pressure due to their activities. The UNPO was present to oversee proceedings during this commemoration, introduce the speakers and meet with members of the Sindh community. The organisation remains committed to raising human rights concerns in the Sindh Region alongside the WSC.

The article below was published by the Business Standard:

The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) organised 'Remembrance Day' on Sunday [15 April 2018] here [New York City, NY, United States], to remember the men and women who worked, struggled and those who laid their lives for the betterment and emancipation of Sindhi people.

The event drew community members from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The moderator of the event, WSC Information Secretary Farhan Kaghzi thanked the community members for their participation and help in organising the event.

Shahida Soomro, member of WSC and International Sindhi Women Organisation (ISWO), highlighted the recent work of WSC and urged the community to join WSC to help in the activism for the rights of Sindhi people.

WSC General Secretary Saghir Shaikh gave an impressive presentation on the history of WSC work and activism. He highlighted the recent work on enforced disappearances, enforced conversion of the of Sindhi Hindu Girls and land rights of Sindhi people.

Ali Khaskheli, Organiser Sindh United Party (SUP), commended the work of WSC especially of highlighting the enforced disappearances of political workers in Sindh province of Pakistan.

Zakir Bullo, Information Secretary of Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), condemned the recent incident in Sindh where human rights activist Sasui Lohar was forcibly removed from Sufi Conference.

Renowned poet Saeen Abdul Ghaffar Tabassum who was one of the attendees, encouraged the Sindhis to fight for their rights.

Renowned writer Hassan Mujtaba discussed Saeen G.M. Syed's work "Sindhi Ja Soormaan", the book that introduced the real heroes of Sindh. He suggested WSC to work with other nationalists of Pakistan for enforced disappearances.

Atta Vistro, member of Organising Committee Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), thanked the organizer for the event and assured his party's commitment to the rights of Sindhi people.

SANA former regional secretary Khalid Channa appreciated WSC's long history of activism for highlighting human rights violations in Sindh.

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) US Program Organizer, Marvin Kumetat, introduced UNPO and its member nations. He too thanked WSC for highlighting the disadvantageous status of Sindhi nation. He said the UNPO would continue to work with WSC to raise their voice against human rights violations in Sindh.

WSC Vice President Zubair Bhambro and G.M. Syed Memorial Committee concurred the G.M. Syed award to Dr. Hyder Lashari.

"The G. M. Syed Memorial Awards are conferred to those whose work with dedication to honour the memory of Saeen GM Syed, a visionary leader who pioneered the Sindhi freedom movement and was a beacon of the Sindhi people's struggle for national self-determination," Bhambro said, and added, "The G. M. Syed Memorial Award is bestowed on Dr. Hyder Lashari in appreciation for his struggle and advocacy for democracy, civil rights and freedom for Sindhi peoples and to recognize his literary and grass-roots work on Sindh and G M Syed."

Hyder Lashari acknowledged G.M. Syed Memorial Committee for the award and also talked about his long struggle for rights of Sindhi people.

In the end, Saghir Shaikh displayed a video on the missing person, compiled by Sasui Lohar.