Shaal: The chairman of the Baloch National Movement, Dr Naseem Baloch in his open letter to Antonio Gueterres appealed, the General Secretary of United Nations to Intervene in the Deteriorating Human Rights Crisis in Balochistan.
In his letter he wrote about historical occupation of Balochistan by Pakistani forces and growing human rights violations and asked the United Nations to intervene in Balochistan.
“The decolonization of Balochistan and its peaceful development as an independent democratic nation were breached through violation of the UN Charter of Rights.”
Dr Naseem in his letter says, “Balochistan’s loss of sovereignty and more than seven decades of Pakistani military occupation has turned this region into a war zone where an undeclared war is being waged against civilians resulting in the worst human rights abuses and genocide. In the last twenty years alone, thousands of civilians, students, rights activists, journalists, and women fell victim to enforced disappearance by the dreaded Inter-Services Intelligence personnel, Counter Terrorism Department, Frontier Corps soldiers, and military-sponsored death squads. International human rights bodies such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have reported extensively on the gross violations in Balochistan.”
He also mentioned about the systematic genocide of Baloch people by Pakistani Army, “The human cost of Balochistan’s dismal human rights situation is spiraling out of hand, and the Baloch civilians feel helpless in the face of unabated Pakistani military aggression in the last two decades. However, the rights violation of the Baloch people is a systematic state mechanism of cultural genocide, social and economic marginalization, and rapacious plunder of indigenous natural resources. Our lands and coasts are being sold to Chinese state corporations to construct military bases, forcing the traditional fishing community to migrate inland, losing their homes and livelihood.”
He added: “Balochistan has become a testing site for weapons of mass destruction. On May 28, 1998, Pakistan conducted five nuclear tests in the Ras Koh hills of Chaghai, Balochistan. As a result, the local population was forced to dislocate to remote regions of Balochistan without providing them with the necessities of life. In addition, the effects of radioactive pollution on humans, animals, plants, and water resources have created many health and environmental problems for the indigenous population of farmers and herders.”
In the letter he said that Balochistan’s natural wealth of minerals, including copper and gold reserves and natural gas, had been explored, mined, and plundered by the Pakistani occupation army for the last seven decades. During the military rule of General Pervaiz Musharraf, Pakistan made secret deals and agreements with foreign mining companies, including the Canadian Barrick Gold, for the exploration and exploitation of the world’s sixth largest copper and gold reserve in Riko Diq, Chaghai, Balochistan.
While writing about the current situation of Balochistan he said that the ongoing conflict in Balochistan and the Pakistani military aggression against Baloch civilians, brutal massacres, war crimes, and crimes against humanity were conditions that universally prohibit foreign companies and multinational corporations from conducting business in the regions under military occupation.
“In addition, plundering our natural resources through secret deals with the occupation army us fuelling the war and human rights violations in Balochistan.” He added, “This brutal and senseless exploitation and violation of a people’s right to ownership of their land and wealth should stop.”
He appealed to UNGS, “On behalf of the Baloch people, I appeal for an international intervention in Balochistan to immediately halt Pakistani military aggression and gross human rights abuses. Unfortunately, the Baloch advocacy campaigns have exhausted every resource available for a legal resolution of the human rights abuses and extrajudicial targeted murders in state custody. As a result, Baloch families feel helpless and hopeless, knocking at the closed doors of justice for the last twenty years.”