On 7 October, a representative of Voice for Baloch Justice, a human rights organization, highlighted the issues being faced by young people in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan at a conference held in Strasbourg, France.
Yusuf Baloch spoke about the widespread problem of forced disappearances, which has been documented by human rights groups as a serious human rights violation in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan. He also spoke about the challenges faced by young Baloch people who have migrated to other countries.
Yusuf said that the biggest problem facing young people in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan today is fear, insecurity, forced disappearances, fake encounters by Pak Army, and the occupation of educational institutions by Pakistan establishment. In addition, young people who have migrated from Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan due to the hardships of the situation and are living a life of migration by taking refuge in different countries also face various challenges in these countries.
Call for Action
Yusuf called for action to address the human rights situation in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan and to improve the welfare, protection, and educational and social development of youth.
Members of other organizations participating in the conference expressed their support for Yusuf’s demands. They called on the international community to play a role in stopping the series of human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan.
The conference was organized by the Council of Europe, UNP, and Youth Jins. It was attended by representatives from various communities, organizations, and human rights workers. Participants shared their thoughts on the challenges and issues facing youth. The conference is a reminder of the ongoing human rights crisis in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan. It is important to raise awareness of the issues young people are facing under the Pak Army regime and to call for action to address them.
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. Following the illegal occupation of Balochistan in March 1948, Balochistan has been fighting the war of its existence and freedom from Pakistan.