Stop ignoring Baloch genocide, investigate war crimes in Balochistan

In Balochistan, the state agencies are perpetrating war crimes against humanity and committing genocide. Whereas according to new norms and doctrines, the leaders of the state have a duty (under normal circumstances) to uphold the rule of law and to respect human rights. However, it is seen that the military and civilian leaders of Pakistan are  engaged in a campaign of violent attacks against the Baloch civilians. It is the responsibility of the community and the state to intervene, prevent, control and repress this threat which is prevailing across Balochistan.

It is pertinent to express here that superpowers like China is grabbing the resource of Balochistan and is being facilitated by the federal government of Pakistan. The indigenous Baloch people are resisting in order to protect their lands and resources. The state is committing an unimaginable substantive crimes and atrocities such as genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, which are in fact a clear gross violation of Para 138 and 139 of world summit outcome Documents 2005, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. But regrettably the natural and inherent rights of the Baloch are being infringed upon and the world community especially the UNO and civilised countries are intentionally ignoring and deviating from their entrusted responsibility.

Is it not that during the drafting of 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples–whether the representative of China proposed that the status of indigenous people needs to be recognised by the states in which they reside? It is an irony that the proposal of China was accepted and is enshrined in Para 37 of the Report of the working Group established in accordance with the Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1995. However, the tragedy is that China is seriously violating its own ‘Declaration’ under the very nose of the United Nations, the guardian of the Declaration in the context of CPEC in Gwadar.

Balochistan’s story of human rights casualties is very long. Willful killing, enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention is the order of the day across Balochistan. But we Baloch have no other option and we request to the prosecutor of International Criminal Court and pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute on the authorisation of an investigation into the situation in Balochistan.

Kachkol Ali
Kachkol Ali
Writer is a Senior Advocate and Human Rights Activist

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