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London taxis highlight 'Free Balochistan' campaign

News Agencies | Updated on: 4 November 2017, 12:37 IST

London taxis with the words ' Free Balochistan ' written on both sides were seen plying outside Buckingham Palace in what can be called as a new push by overseas Baloch groups to attract global attention to their cause for independence from Pakistan.

'Free Balochistan' posters embossed on several vehicles running on the road were seen in London this week to highlight human rights violations in Balochistan province.

"Our peaceful awareness campaign in the great city London aims to highlight human rights abuses in #Balochistan by Pakistani authorities (sic)," the World Baloch Organisation said in a tweet.

Vehicles were also seen with posters reading "Save Baloch Women & Children Campaign around the British Parliament and the London Eye in Central London to highlight enforced disappearances in Balochistan.

Various Baloch organisations had recently organised protests in several Western countries as part of their ongoing international awareness campaign for the freedom of Balochistan.

The World Baloch Organisation (WBO) had organised a protest in September in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to raise awareness of human rights violations in Balochistan.

Human rights activists, Baloch representatives and allies of the Baloch cause came together during the 36th Session of the UNHRC to protest against gross human rights violations inflicted upon indigenous Baloch people.

For decades in Balochistan, economic exploitation through the plundering of natural resources, and the systematic economic, social and political exclusion of indigenous Baloch people, has become the norm.

In addition to this, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and an escalating crackdown on freedom of expression are used as covert tools to brutally repress the Baloch peaceful struggle for justice, rights and equality.

Since the construction of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)has begun, the Baloch have been forcefully cleared, enforcedly disappeared and effectively excluded from the project at all levels - despite plentiful promises made by the Pakistani authorities of development and employment.


First published: 4 November 2017, 12:37 IST