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World Sindhi Congress stage anti-Pakistan protest outside UN in Geneva

News Agencies | Updated on: 16 June 2017, 14:24 IST

Members of the World Sindhi Congress (WSC) held anti-Pakistan protests in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva against Islamabad's use of brute force against the Sindhi community.

The protest held on June 14 was also attended by representatives of the Baloch community, Gilgit and Baltistan, Pakistani occupied Kashmir and human rights defenders of other nations.

The WSC protested against enforced disappearances of Sindhi political activists, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and other human rights abuses against Sindhi people.

The protestors raised, 'Go go China go', 'Pakistan stop killing Sindhi people', 'No to CPEC' slogans.

A WSC representative told human rights defenders, "Sindhi people are facing one of the worst human rights atrocities in their history and in recent months there have been an intensification in disappearance of Sindhi political activists by Pakistani security agencies. In the last three months alone scores of renowned political activists and writers have been abducted."

"In all these cases, the state denies any role and the judiciary has also failed to provide any relief. We understand that these disappearances are part of an operation by the Pakistani state to create terror and stop political and civil society activists from raising their voices for democratic and human rights," he added.

She said that Sindhi political activists receive regular threats for raising their voices against the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is "unsustainable, anti-environment and anti-people."

"The Pakistani establishment is ruthlessly crushing any voice against the unsustainable, anti-environment, anti-people, CPEC project. There is systematic unsustainable immigration with designs to convert Sindhis into minorities in their own land, loot of resources and occupation of lands pushing the Sindhi people into perpetual poverty," he said.

Unfortunately, Sindh produces 70 percent of Pakistan's wealth, 72 percent of its gas, 54 percent of its oil and 23 trillion tons worth of coal deposits, and is reeling under cruelty and suffering, he added.

"Through this platform, we demand that all abducted Sindhi people should be immediately released or produced in the court of law," he said.

At the end of the protest, petitions were also submitted to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.


First published: 16 June 2017, 14:24 IST