Geneva, September 26, 2023: In a display of solidarity, a three-day-long photo and banner exhibition has been launched in front of the United Nations office in Geneva. This exhibition aims to draw attention to the dire situation faced by the Baloch people in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan. It also highlights the alarming abuse of human rights and the rising incidents of enforced disappearances in the region.
The exhibition was jointly organized by the Baloch Voice Association, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, and Baloch Peoples’ Congress. The organizers demanded urgent UN intervention to protect the lives of the Baloch people, who have been facing the worst human rights violations.
Plight of Baloch People
For far too long, Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan has witnessed enforced disappearances, targeting political activists, students, and civilians by the Pak Army. They are subjected to torture, and their lifeless bodies are discarded in isolated areas.
Munir Mengal, President of the Baloch Voice Association, said, “Pakistan Army is abusing the fundamental rights of the people on a daily basis and every day we receive through social media information that people have been abducted. And also, we have been receiving information that those who have been abducted by the Pakistan army, are throwing their dead bodies in different areas.”
Mengal said that in the last two weeks, 20 mutilated bodies of those people who had been victims of enforced disappearances by the Pakistani forces have been found.
Human Rights Abuses
Mengal added, “This is how Pakistan is doing her kill and dumb policy and the world has not taken interest on this issue. For this purpose, we are here to seek the attention of the UN and Pakistan, a member state of the UN and member states should take notice of human rights which the Pakistan forces are doing over there”.
The demonstration also included Pashtuns, Sindhi, Baloch, and activists from Bangladesh. Political activists from Pakistan-occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) also made their voices heard, demanding that Islamabad vacate Kashmir and allow its people to live in peace.
The demonstration, organized by the United Kashmir People’s National Party calls to “STOP human rights violations in PoJK and Gilgit Baltistan” and “Pakistan must stop Human Rights Violations.” The outrage in PoJK and Pak-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan stems from violations of human rights, misuse of laws, and issues such as high inflation, poverty, and unemployment.