Old bank employee Abdul Qadeer Baloch

Old bank employee Abdul Qadeer Baloch

Khuzdar : Pakistan | Dec 10, 2011 at 11:10 PM PST
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Every year on this important day, old bank employee Abdul Qadeer Baloch of 60 years retired organizes special events in the capital of Balochistan, Quetta, to mark International Human Rights Day. He has organized, for example, camps of hunger strike and called press conferences to raise the voices of families of missing Baloch political activists, students and professionals.

Qadeer had stayed on the sidelines quite so hardcore activism until February 13, 2009, when attired in plain clothes officers has led to full speed Jalil Ahmed Reki his son, 35, from Quetta. The disappearance of a child of breadwinning has turned his life upside the Qadeer. He eventually joined the Voice of Missing Baloch for (VBMP), an organization that represents families of the disappeared, to campaign for the liberation of her missing son.

Jalil Reki of the missing son Qadir, had worked regularly as a central spokesman for the Baloch Republican Party, a nationalist political group seeking self-rule for the resource-rich province of Balochistan. He was articulate, charismatic and well-connected with the local media. Qadeer has made every possible attempt to seek the release of her child missing but did not return completely from the custody of the captors. After his involvement in similar cases of missing persons, Qadeer has realized that his was not the only family he has had a loved one has listed as "missing."

"Every missing is my son," he assured since Qadeer was recently promoted to vice president of VBMP. With more organizational responsibility came more pressure. In October, two secret agents have stretched out my hand Qadeer of Quetta in alerting him to immediately and unconditionally end the request for the release of activists disappeared.

"They felt if I wanted my son alive, then I should finish the camp of hunger strike," Qadir has divided his insecurity with the media after being warned not even on the phone and in person.

The routine would Qadeer mortified if this warning had been contacted two years ago. In one year, the situation in Balochistan has changed dramatically. The bullet-riddle bodies of at least 220 missing have been found from different parts of the province over the past eight months.

So, Qadeer and his friends were fully prepared for what the invoice while the "bad capacity" of the captors of those he loved. He brought the threats seriously, but it was not practically possible to leave an organization that has channeled the hope for the hundreds of others missing.

"The end was simply not an option," said Qadeer. Those who had warned him are kept ready for their words. On 24 November, the tortured and bullet-infested corpse of the missing son of Qadeer was found in Turbat district.

This year brings a completely different day rights, international human Qadeer. He says that his murder of the young child has not undermined his resolution, but gave him a reason to stand alongside those who, however, awaits the return of loved ones.

"Moral Crisis"

There increases the interest of international human rights violations in Balochistan. The official denial of access to international media, human rights groups and researchers and the increased role of agencies makes it difficult to independently than to analyze the crisis in Balochistan.

On 16 November, the deputy spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, Mark Dye, has expressed interest over the situation in Balochistan.

Amnesty terms of Mustafa Qadri of Pakistan International researcher Balochistan as one of Pakistan, "the highest moral crisis." The province, he says, has quickly become a "zone without human rights" with the security forces and armed groups acting with total impunity.

Qadri, whom the London-Base the guardian of human rights globally has actively sought an end to the murders and disappearances in Balochistan, says that there is no excuse for the government to continue "these guidelines" in Balochistan.

"The failure of the state to protect its citizens the right to life has left the whole of Balochistan different communities living in constant fear of abductions, torture and targeted to the murderers. The state continues to suppress the right to the Baloch community freedom of expression when referring to the nationalist policy or in reference to calls for justice for the victims of death tax, "demands.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has decided to devote the day of international human rights to people of Balochistan to urge Islamabad this year "to make vigorous efforts to ensure respect for the rights of people in the province to suffer long ".

Zohra Yusuf, the president dell'HRCP, says that at least 107 new cases of disappearances in Balochistan sets were reported in 2011 and "disappeared" are on the rise of the dead.

"The bodies of at least 225" disappeared "were recovered from various parts of the province since July 2010," he reveals, "it is scandalous that no one person has been held responsible for these disappearances and murders."

Alarming Trends

With numerous indicators exist, there are valid reasons to paint a dark future for Balochistan scenario compared to the state of human rights.

First, the defenders of democracy, human rights champions and defenders of freedom of the press are all vigorously drawn into the ongoing conflict. At least two coordinators of HRCP, eight journalists and an activist for the IDP (internally displaced people has) rights have been tortured and killed in less than a year.

In addition, the so-called 'kill and discharging operations' provides insight into the prevalent and sophisticated network of illegal torture cells maintained interior Balochistan. For example, when the activists, as the son of Qadeer, disappeared from Quetta, and the dead are found 856 km away in Kech district, gives a clear idea of ​​the extraordinary operational and logistical capabilities of people involved in such transactions, regular and non-traceable .

In the meantime, has an underground armed group calling itself the Baloch and Musli DEFA Tanzeem (He Baloch Armed Defence Organisation) has recently issued a list of results of four journalists in alerting the district of Khuzdar to kill them all if they reported theBaloch nationalist activities. At least two ex-presidents and two members of the same press club district was killed in the recent past, highlighting the threats faced by journalists working in Khuzdar.

Amid the crisis, governments in the center and the province does not currently have a policy of engagement in Balochistan to give an idea of ​​where it stands on the issue of disappearances, assassinations and warnings to the defenders of human rights. It shows absolute indifference to the issue while the official attacks on defenders of democracy and human rights take place with impunity act that shows a complete lack of responsibility-driven system.


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