Sep 08, 2011

Demonstration Against Human Rights Violations in Balochistan: Press Release

PRESS RELEASE                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Demonstration hosted by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and the Baloch Human Rights Council, to protest against the increasing number of human rights violations in Balochistan, Pakistan.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Geneva, Palais des Nations ‘Broken Chair Square’

On Thursday the 15th of September Baloch human rights defenders will congregate at the 'Broken Chair' outside the Palais des Nations between 10am and 12 noon to protest against the number of enforced disappearances of Baloch political activists and human rights defenders in Balochistan.

This demonstration will raise awareness of the alarming number of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions that have been reported by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and prompt the international community to act.

Key people expected to attend this protest include former Senator of Pakistan, Senator Sanaullah Baloch, who served as a Member of the Senate of Pakistan between 2003-2008 and as a Member of the National Assembly between 1997-1999, and Mr Noordin Mengal, prominent figure in bring Baloch human rights issues to international forums. 

The Balochistan National Party and Baloch Human Rights Council strive for their right to self-determination through non-violent, peaceful and democratic means. 

The demonstration is to take place before a parallel event at the 18th Session of the UN Human Rights Council entitled ‘Climate of Fear: Enforced Disappearances, Extrajudicial Killings & Arbitrary Detention in Balochistan’. This parallel event will be co-hosted by UNPO and the Society for Threatened Peoples, and will take place between 12:00 and 14:00 at the Palais des Nations in room XXIII.

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The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organization founded in 1991. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.



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