Human Rights Council, Seventh Session
3-28 March 2008, Geneva
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UNPO MEMBERS ATTEND SEVENTH UNHRC SESSION
Several representatives of UNPO Members have attended
the end of the first week of the UNHRC.
Notably, Mr. Munawar Laghari, who features in another
article in this Monitor, attended the UN HRC to lobby
on behalf of the Sindh. But also Mr. Mariqueo of the
Mapuche and two delegates of the Oromo have attended
the beginning of the session to lobby their causes.
Other representatives are expected to attend as the
SINDHI REPRESENTATIVE MEETS UNPO GENERAL
Mr. Munawar Laghari met
UNPO General Secretary Mr. Marino Busdachin in an informal meeting alongside
the UNHRC on Friday 7 March 2008. They discussed various
issues relating to the recent membership within UNPO
of the Sindh. Mr. Laghari was present at the UNHRC
to lobby on a number of
issues affecting the Sindh. Food shortages, marginalization
of Sindh and a lack of respect for human rights by
Pakistan’s President Musharraf stood high on
his agenda and he pointed out the arbitrary detention
and torture of Dr. Safdar
Sarki - a Sindhi human rights
activist, who holds a US passport.
According to reports, he was arrested by Pakistani
forces in 2006 and has detained without charge ever
since. Despite the seriousness of Mr. Sarki’s
fate, the issue has not been given sufficient attention
at the UNHRC, according to Mr. Laghari.