The people of Balochistan were hopeful that the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during his visit to Pakistan, will raise their plight with the powerful circles of the state establishment that are actively engaged in the systematic genocide of Baloch people, however, to their dismay, Mr Guterres failed to utter a single word against the religious state’s unchecked atrocities in Balochistan. The activities of Pakistan, also a signatory to the Universal Declaration of human rights including the International Covenant on civil and political rights, and the Convention against torture and other inhuman treatment, are in clear violations of the United Nations’ principles and pledges to protect and promote human rights and dignity.
Baloch socio-political activists and human rights defenders from various organizations have written to Mr Guterres’ office requesting him, to use the opportunity of his presence in Pakistan to visit the victims of state suppression and witness the miseries the people in Balochistan experience. These organizations after being disappointed, have taken to the social media to express their anger over Mr Gurettes’s silence on their long-overlooked plight in Pakistan.
The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organization comprised of the families of victims of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial murders in Balochistan, held a protest demonstration in Karachi this Sunday. The protesting families gathered outside the Karachi press club to draw the attention of the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the deteriorating human rights situation in Balochistan in general, and to the unresolved issues of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial murders facing its people in particular. The judiciary in Pakistan has failed to offer them any remedy.
According to various independent human rights reports, Pakistan has committed on mass scales what is internationally regarded as a crime against humanity. A recently published report of the European Union’ GSP outrightly expressed concerns over Pakistan’s failure to criminalize enforced disappearances. The report further highlighted that despite government’ assurances, no legal action has been initiated against those involved in the forced disappearances and extra-judicial murders, although, Pakistan has in 2012, recognized the international law that considers enforced disappearances a crime. Unfortunately, the United Nations’ silence has further incentivized the establishment of Pakistan to continue its atrocities in Balochistan without the fear of accountability.