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Click for coverage specific to the killing of Baloch nationalist leaders Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006, Balach Marri in 2007, and the arrest of Balach Marri's brother political and human rights activist Herbiyar Marri and fellow activist Faiz Mohammad Baluch in London in December, 2007.
  Human Rights , 2008 - 2009   | Human Rights, 2007:   | Human Rights, 2006
New CIA Docs Detail Brutal "Extraordinary Rendition" Process, by Scott Horton, Huffingtonpost.com, Aug 28, 2009;
Report Shows Tight C.I.A. Control on Interrogations, by Scott Shane and Mark Mazetti, NYTimes.com, Aug 25, 2009
From before: Is a rollback possible? By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, Dawn.com Opinion, Mar 24, 2008
"... It was in 1978 that I, along with many Marri families, went to Afghanistan as a refugee fleeing the repression and ravages of the state against unarmed people and stayed there for 13 long years in what was a singularly turbulent period in that country's history. I didn't live in luxury in Kabul but with the people in refugee camps...The stark terror that military operations generate among the populace is beyond the comprehension of those who have not suffered it..."
Poetry: My Abducted Son, by Seema, Aug 31, 2009

Nawab Akbar Bugti! you are alive in every Baloch's Heart n Mind
, by Seema, Aug 26, 2009
Remembering Akbar Bugti, by Sanaullah Baloch, Aug 26, 2009
Nawab Akbar Bugti Remembering Akbar Bugti, by Sanaullah Baloch, Aug 26, 2009
Sanaullah Baloch "...After the killing of his beloved son, Salal Bugti, in June 1992, he chose to remain in the besieged Dera Bugti compound with his people. Nawab Bugti kept the Bugti tribe united and maintained the Baloch code. He tried to unite Baloch nationalist parties as well in 2004, calling for a unified and single Baloch nationalist party. But Islamabad’s continued meddling in Balochistan’s social, tribal and political affairs, state-sponsored conspiracies and repeated attacks on his life slowed down the process of Baloch unity..."

Poetry: Nawab Akbar Bugti! you are alive in every Baloch's Heart n Mind, by Seema, Aug 26, 2009

26 August: 3 Years after Nawab Bugti, by Malik Siraj Akbar, Aug 26, 2009;
Call for strike on Bugti's death anniversary
, Dawn.com, Aug 26, 2009;
A tribute to Nawab Bugti
, by Dr. Naseer Dashti, BSO-NA.org, Aug 26, 2009
Fall of the Tamil Tigers: Balochs' view, DailyMirror.lk, Aug 25, 2009: Interview with Sanaullah Baloch, former Minister of Parliament
Bugti's death anniversary tomorrow, by Mazhar Tufail, The News, Aug 25, 2009
Nawab Bugti lives in the hearts of patriot Baloch forever, BalochWarna.com, Aug 25, 2009
Asma Jahangir
Youtube: Baloch and Balochistan - the true story. (with remarks by Asma Jahangir). I wish I had an English translation of this. Asma is eloquent. Malik Siraj Akbar's comments here: Asma Jahangir at her best on Balochistan, Aug 24, 2009
Trailer for new film by Michael Moore: Capitalism: A Love Story, Accompanying article: Michael Moore on His Latest: 'I Made This Movie As If It Was Going to Be the Last I Was Allowed to Make', by Diane Sweet, Raw Story, Aug 21, 2009
Interview with citizen from Turbat, by GEO TV; (We're hoping to find an English translation.)
Release: WASHINGTON DC: "The largest pro-liberation Baluch group in the United States has written to the Royal Norwegian government to seek its assistance for ending human rights violations in Baluchistan and stopping all military aid to Pakistan...," By Ahmar Mustikhan, Aug. 22, 2009 (release)
Release: "Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) And World Sindhi Congress Are Organising A Memorial Meeting To Honour The Great Baloch Hero Nawab Akbar Bugti," Aug. 21, 2009 (release)
Protests in Balochistan against illegal arrest of political activists, trans. by balochwarna.com, source DailyTawar.com, Aug 18, 2009
Ehsan Arjemandi Appeal: PAKISTAN: A Norwegian citizen and Baloch activist is missing after his suspected abduction by Pakistan state agents, Asian Human Rights Commission-Urgent Appeals Programme, Aug 14, 2009
Please send an appeal through Asian Human Rights. Click here to fill out form.
Appeal for investigation into operations conducted in Kulber Valley

Updates (latest, Aug 22 by balochwarna.com)

Aug 21, 2009, update, report by Archen Baloch:
(Mand, Kulber Valley) The joint Pakistani and Iranian military operation initiated on August 16 in Kulber Valley now covers the entire Makuran region and is expanding to other districts. Iranian forces are participating with gunship helicopters and rockets. AAJ TV reports that in the middle of the night, Friday, August 21, fourteen rockets were fired from the Iranian side of the border at Mashkeel City. Three women and children were reported killed and five injured. (read more)


(includes map of affected area)
Release: Toronto Chapter of Baloch Human Rights Council of Canada holds emergency meeting on August 18, 2009 in Toronto. Expresses deep concern over freedom of press in Balochistan, Pakistan. full report
Report: Baloch Society of North America “Decelebrate” Pakistan's Independence Day, Aug 19, 2009: full text of speeches and resolution
Poetry: On your way to Truth and Right and Waiting for the Moment, By Seema Seemurg Maarang, Aug 19, 2009
Below are stories related to two still missing Baloch:
Missing Appeal: BHRAA: Norwegian-Baloch human rights activist was abducted by Pakistani "military forces", feared tortured, Radio Balochi.org, Sweden, Aug 11, 2009.
Ehsan Arjmandi, Norwegian Baloch activist, arrested in Pakistan, by intellibriefs, Aug 11, 2009
Baloch political activist Mr Ehsan Arjumandi arrested at Uthal check point, Aug 7, 2009, balochwarna.org: A Norwegian citizen visiting family in Balochistan was removed from a bus by plain-clothes men in umarked cars while traveling to Karachi.
Qambar Baloch
Qambar Baloch brought before court, Balochwarna.org, Jul 15, 2009: Eyewitnesses report that Qambar could not walk properly. Note the chains in the photo.
From before : Qambar Jan tho kuja hey?, by Malik Siraj Akbar at Malik Siraj Akbar writes, Jul 11, 2009: "...Fresh reports suggest that this amazing Baloch activist has been whisked away by the personnel of the Frontier Corps and the intelligence agencies..."

Pakistan's Other War, by Matthieu Aikins, National Post, May 14, 2009
Amid chauvinists' propaganda, Aug 17, 2009: "My recent article, A Home Grown Conflict, was published in the Times of India on August 11, 2009. In this write-up I have argued that the Balochistan conflict is a purely indigenous one rather than being ignited by India.

While the article was widely appreciated by Balochs and the supporters of the Baloch cause across Pakistan and abroad, a section of ultra-nationalist Punjabi chauvinists in Pakistan has initiated a massive abusive and threatening campaign against me...
In other regions: a bit of film history, documentary narrated by Orson Welles: Land of the Basques
In Americas: Tortured Logic, ACLU, Aug 15, 2009: Watch this 2 minute video to hear the spoken words from the infamous torture memos, and then take action. "Oliver Stone, Rosie Perez, Philip Glass and a host of talented performers have come together to expose something our government tried to keep secret from the American people..."

Prosperity promise of Bolivia's salt flats, BBCNews., Aug 17, 2009: "...I put it to the mining minister Luis Echazu that Bolivia was taking a big risk if it really wants to be (as some have said) "the Saudi Arabia of lithium". "Oh no," he replied, "we want to go further than that - we don't want merely to process the metal, we want to make the batteries from it as well."
In the region: There’s a Solution in Afghanistan—but Not the Way We’re Headed, by William Pfaff, TruthDig.com, Aug 11, 2009; U.S. to Hunt Down Afghan Drug Lords Tied to Taliban, by James Risen, NYTimes.com, Aug 9, 2009
Appeal: BHRAA: Norwegian-Baloch human rights activist was abducted by Pakistani "military forces", feared tortured, Radio Balochi.org, Sweden, Aug 11, 2009.
There is also concern Mr. Arjmandi will be extradited to Iran where Baloch are routinely tried in kangaroo courts and hanged.
Ehsan Arjmandi, Norwegian Baloch activist, arrested in Pakistan, by intellibriefs, Aug 11, 2009
Dispatches from Quetta: A friend in Quetta has kindly provided translations from local news reports, much of which is not included in the larger papers. I will update this note as I receive texts. (read more)

Update: Aug 18, 2009. Apparently the Daily Asaap, from which some of the dispatches were translated, has been shut down.

Balochistan Independence Day celebrations
(photos provided by Faiz Baluch)

I-Day Balochistan rally photos

Independence Day Highlights





Khan of Kalat Suleiman Daud: "Today there is not a single Pakistani flag flying in Balochistan except those flown by the military and para-military."
Aug 11, 2009
Message from Khan of Kalat Suleiman Daud: read here, bso-na.org, Aug 3, 2009 (in Urdu)
Hyrbyair Marri:
"After gaining our Independence, we want to have friendly relations, on the basis of equality, with our friends and neighboring countries."
Message from Hyrbyair Marri, Aug 8, 2009 (in Urdu): read here
2 U.S. Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11's Wake, by Scott Shane, NYTimes, Aug 11, 2009
Target Of Obama-Era Rendition Alleges Torture, by Scott Horton, Aug 11, 2009: "Azar is at worst a secondary figure in a small-time contract fraud case and is not accused in any way of terrorism. Why such aggressive and dramatic techniques were used in connection with the apprehension of a man suspected of a small-scale white collar crime remains entirely unclear."

De-celebrating Pakistan's Independence day.
WASHINGTON DC: Baloch Society of North America is organizing a gathering on August 14th to De-celebrate Pakistan’s independence day. Speakers will expose Pakistani crimes against the Baloch, Sindhi and Pashtun people and other minorities, including Hindus, Christian and Sikhs.
(full details)

Venue: Baloch Society Of North America (BSO-NA) 1629 K Street NW, Suit 300, Washington D.C 20036

Date/Time: Friday, Aug 14th, @ 12:00 Noon - 2:00pm.

Via Metro: Farragut West (Blue and Orange Lines) and Farragut North (Red Line)

RSVP: Please call Tel: (202) 349-1682 or email us at Contact@ bso-na.org


Following the meeting, participants will proceed to a joint meeting (full details here):

Light a Candle for Baluchistan
Resource Extraction in Conflict Zones:
Gold Mining as State Oppression

WHAT: Speaking event and discussion
WHEN: Friday, August 14, 2009 3:00pm - 5:00pm WHERE: St. Stephen and The Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton Street NW

WHO: Waheed Baloch, former Speaker of the Baluchistan Assembly, and Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net.

Following this event, a protestors will march to the offices of Muslim Lakhani, point-man for Barrick Gold.
Release: Protest demonstration in Sweden (Stockholm) on 11 August 2009. BSO–Azaad and BUC (Baloch Unity Conference) are organising a protest demonstration in Sweden (Stockholm) on 11 August 2009, “Balochistan Independence Day”. They have requested all Baloch living in Sweden ...Read more.

Location: Odenplan, Stockholm (Green Metro line). Timing: 11 August Tuesday 14:00 to 16:00
Organizer: Salaal Baloch
Email: salal_2010@yahoo.com

Release: 11 August – Balochistan Independence Day (Protest and Meeting in London)

Three days before Pakistan's secession from India, Balochistan had already been declared an independent state.

To mark this day, please attend both a protest and meeting:

A protest will be held Aug 11, 2009 in front of 10 Downing Street to highlight the ongoing Human Rights violations in Balochistan by both Iran and Pakistan. The protest is also meant to highlight the recent heinous acts of these states i.e., the mass abductions, arrest and humiliation of political and student activists and other innocent citizens in Pakistani occupied Balochistan and mass executions of Baloch political prisoners in Iranian occupied Balochistan. A petition will be handed over to the British prime minster at the end of the protest.

Following are the venues for the protest and the meeting:

Protest venue: 10 Downing Street (in front of British PM's house)

Nearest Tube Station: West minister Tube Station

Time and Date: Tuesday 11 August 2009 at 2:00 pm to 4:00pm

Meeting Venue: The Centre for Polish Arts and Culture [ http://www.posk.org/index_e. html ]
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 ORF

Time: 5pm to 8:30 pm

Nearest Tube Stations: 1.Stamford Brook 2.Hammersmith

There will be a Dinner party after the meeting

New: Ehsan Arjmandi, Norwegian Baloch activist, arrested in Pakistan, by intellibriefs, Aug 11, 2009
Relief agencies stop work in Balochistan, Dawn.com, Jul 30, 2009: "QUETTA: International relief agencies –United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Unicef, World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme – have suspended all activities in Balochistan after threats issued by the outlawed Baloch Liberation United Front against their staff..."; BLUF forces closure of UNHCR offices in NWFP, Balochistan, Dailytimes.com.pk, Jul 30, 2009
Baloch political activist Mr Ehsan Arjumandi arrested at Uthal check point, Aug 7, 2009, balochwarna.org: A Norwegian citizen visiting family in Balochistan was removed from a bus by plain-clothes men in umarked cars while traveling to Karachi.
Dispatches from Quetta: I am posting some jottings I received from a young friend in Quetta. When I first read them I was reminded of Riverbend, the blogger who documented life in Baghdad during the Iraqi war. I will update this note as I receive texts. (read more)
Guantánamo Bay: the Inside Story, by Naomi Wolf, Jul 25, 2009: '"Remember," [George] Clarke says, "for a lot of these guys, there's no evidence. The military said that of the 240 guys left here maybe 80 will eventually be 'tried' in some form. What about the rest? A lot of these people have been held because they stayed at a guest house or they had some supposed connections or affiliations [with al-Qaeda]. 'Connections' are like ... someone's brother was a member. Or allegedly a member. The whole world has a misconception that these guys were picked up on the battlefield. And a whole lot of them were not.     "This country is based on the rule of law," Clarke continued quietly. "If you truly have no reason to hold someone, you can't hold them. National security cannot override freedom.     "At the end of the day our freedom is more important. If we lose our freedom - what are we trying to secure?"...'
Pressure Iran to stop executions, by Peter Tatchell, The Guardian, Jul 22, 2009:

Help save the lives of the three men awaiting execution. There are three things you can do: 1) Email your MP and ask them to urgently protest to the Iranian Embassy (Movahedian@iran-embassy.org.uk).

2) Email the foreign secretary, David Miliband, (private.office@fco.gov.uk) asking him to protest to the government in Tehran.

3) Email the Iranian Embassy directly (Movahedian@iran-embassy.org.uk), urging clemency for the condemned men


Tributes paid to Baloch martyrs as Baloch community observed “Baloch Martyrs Day”, (click for video speeches); UK: Tributes paid to Baloch martyrs as Baloch community observed “Baloch Martyrs Day”, Balochwarna.org, Jul 20, 2009
Qambar Baloch brought before court, Balochwarna.org, Jul 15, 2009: Eyewitnesses report that Qambar could not walk properly. Note the chains in the photo.
Appeal: Stop The Hanging of Three More Baloch in Iran, Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA.org, Jul 2009)

From before : Qambar Jan tho kuja hey?, by Malik Siraj Akbar at Malik Siraj Akbar writes, Jul 11, 2009: "...Fresh reports suggest that this amazing Baloch activist has been whisked away by the personnel of the Frontier Corps and the intelligence agencies..."

Pakistan's Other War, by Matthieu Aikins, National Post, May 14, 2009

Fazal Khan Marri,
Another Baloch abducted by Pakistani agencies, Balochwarna.org, Jul 16, 2009
The Islamic Republic of Iran will hang tomorrow 14 Baloch in a public show, essay by Reza Hossein Borr, Jul 13, 2009; Iran to publicly hang 14 Baluchi rebels: "Amnesty International urged the Iranian government to halt the executions, charging that the 14 had not received a fair trial...", arabia.msn.com, Jul 13, 2009; Amnesty Intl statement

Names of the Iranian Baloch hanged on July 14, 2009:
1. Manochehr Shahbakhsh s/o Akbar
2. Mohammad Hassan Shahuzahi s/o Shay Mohammad
3. Abdolrazagh Rashidi s/o Hassan
4. Yaghub Gamshadzahi s/o Allok
5. Abdolbaset Shehaki s/o Ghaem
6. Abdolghayas Didan-narowi s/o Joma Khan
7. Abdolsobur Rakhshan s/o Abodolghafur
8. Asadollah Wafai s/o Jan Mohammad
9. Abdolkhalegh Mirbaluchzahi s/o Haybat
10. Tareq Abadiyan s/o Dad Mohammad
11. Yahya Rigi s/o Abdolvahed
12. Khalil Rigi s/o Abdollatif
13. Edris Nutizahi s/o Ebrahim
The First Night of Torture Cell, essay by Malik Siraj Akbar, Jul 11, 2009: "These days we do not talk about the first night of grave or wedding. We imagine about the first night of torture cell..."
A message to all my Baloch Brothers who are fighting for the cause of Motherland “BALOCHISTAN,” by Seema, Jul 12, 2009
London Exhibition, July 19, 2009:
Martyrs of Balochistan and Victims of State Terrorism

For Details: The Baluch Martyrs Day 15 July
The Centre for Polish Art and Culture
238 - 246 Kings Street, Hammersmith
London W6 0RF
Closest Tube station: Hammersmith Station
12 noon to 5pm
Abducted: Sagaar.org reports that BSO Azaad zonal leader (Deputy Organizer) Qambar Chakar Baloch was abducted in Shall (Quetta) on July 10, 2009

Mr. Qambar Chakar Baloch was abducted by state agencies in Quetta and taken to an unknown location. Additional note: Qamber Chaker is also an actor, performing in Chanchalok o Manchalo & Jorkan Films.

TheBaluch.com joins a long list of Baloch political and cultural websites and blogs blocked by Pakistani authorities: Several Baloch websites blocked in Pakistan including official websites of student and political parties, balochwarna.org, Jul 3, 2009
Interview with Hyrbyair Marri from London, Dunya.tv, (in Urdu), Jul 5, 2009, also reposted at Baluch Sarmachar
‘State terrorism' against Baloch, Sindhis condemned, Dawn.com, Jul 6, 2009; Release: Sindhi and Baloch representatives attend Liberation AGM meeting, draw attention of gathering to state terrorism and gross human rights violation, cultural and economic oppression, exploitation of resources and denial of freedom of expression to the Baloch and Sindhis in Iran & Pakistan. (Resolution, word doc).
Hasan Janan Badini Released: Balochwarna.org reports that after 275 days of imprisonment, Professor Hasan Janan Badini was released, without any charges, on Jun 27, 2009.

Professor Hasan Janan Badini: “I did not commit any crime but I performed my National duty...Writers should bring a change in the society with the power of their pen..."

From before:
Hassan Janan Badini, a lecturer in the Balochi department at the University of Balochistan, was detained by Pakistani forces on 26-08-2008. More info. Allegations. Update: Persecution of a lecturer, by Chaker Haider Baloch; Appeal to Ambassador Hussain Haqqani
  Dr Deen Mohammad Baloch of BNM reported abducted by Pakistani intelligence agencies, BalochWarna.org, Jun 30, 2009

Update: still missing as of Aug 24, 2009 (Where is Dr. Deen Mohd Baloch?)
American Friends of Balochistan Release: June 24, 2009

WASHINGTON DC: Former speaker of the Baluchistan assembly, Waheed Baloch, will preside over a talk on the repercussions of the Iranian elections on the struggle of the persecuted ethnic groups in Iran in Washington DC on Saturday.

In the aftermath of Iran's stolen elections, ethnic groups including the Baluch who have been at the receiving end of the Iranian theocracy for three decades now are fearing further aggravation of their plight.

Join the Baluch, Kurds, Ahwazis, and others from Iran and Pakistan for a frank and open debate on Iran.

What: Iran elections and persecuted nationalities

Who: The talk over coffee will be presided over by the Waheed Baloch, former speaker of the Baluchistan assembly and president of the Baloch International League.

Other attendees include Dr. Morteza Esfandiari, a Kurdish intellectual; Dr. Karim Abdian, executive director of the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization; Sharif Behruz, US Representative of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran; Dr. M. Hosseinbor, a Baluch lawyer and professor; Nabi Baloch, presiding council member of the American Friends of Baluchistan.

Where: Mayorga Coffee Factory
8040 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Tel: 301.562.9090

[The Mayorga Coffee Factory on Georgia Avenue and 13th Street northwest  is a couple of blocks, or 15 minutes walk, from the Silver Spring Metro on the Red Line. If you are driving from DC you have to go under the overpass and make a U-turn. Free valet parking].

When: Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 3.30 p.m.

The event will be moderated by Baluch journalist Ahmar Mustikhan.
RSVP: ahmar_scribe@yahoo.com

June 26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, poster by Baloch Vanguards
Confidential report from Iran by Reza Hossain Borr, Jun 24, 2009
Mureed's murder, Jang.com, Jun 24, 2009: "Another Baloch nationalist leader has died mysteriously. Mureed Bugti, a close aide of Brahamdagh Bugti and a member of the Central Executive Committee of the fiercely nationalist Baloch Republican Party, was killed, along with his host, at a village near Hala in Sindh..." (reposted at balochunity)
A Baloch mother threatens to go on hunger strike till death if her son is not released, Balochwarna.org, Jun 20, 2009
photos from Iran at pahra.blogsky.com; http://pahra.blogsky.com/print/post-10759/; http://pahra.blogsky.com/category/cat-28/

The Baluch will resist until Baluchistan is liberated:
Noordin Mengal

Reports and addresses from the 11th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva (UNHRC) and special conference on Balochistan: The Key To Regional Security, Palais Des Nations, Geneva, June 8, 2009

UNPO conference review, Jun 14, 2009

Presentation at UNPO conference, (ppt) by Munir Mengal, Jun 11, 2009

The Baloch right of self determination and the global peace, by Samad Baloch (word doc)

Intervention, by Mehran Baloch, Interfaith International Human Rights Council 11th Session Item Agenda: 4, General Debate

Khan of Kalat Suleman Daud Baluch: Any resolution without the Baluch is no resolution at all. The Baluch should sit at the same table as all other participants in the struggle for peace and freedom.

Full statement by Khan of Kalat, (pdf), June 8, 2009

...The Baluch have long been treated as the sand in the engine of the region. Prosperity for the region will only come about when it is accepted that the Baluch Nation, it's people and resources are the lubricant in an
otherwise diverse, multi ethnic, religious and socioeconomic land...
Asian Human Rights Commission-Urgent Appeal: PAKISTAN: A student leader goes missing after his alleged arrest by state agents; a female student demonstrator is sentenced to three years in jail, Jun 10, 2009;

Mr. Zakir Majeed

Ms. Karima Baloch

Additional Detail: Vice chairperson of BSO (azaad) and two others awarded three year sentence by a Pakistani court, BalochWarna.com, Jun 2, 2009
Balochistan: Wheel jam and shutter down protest against abduction of Zakir Majeed Baloch, BalochWarna.com, Jun 10, 2009
Baloch rally against Iran, by Malik Siraj Akbar, DailyTimes.com, Jun 8, 2009: "...The protest was organised by the Baloch Women's Panel and the Baloch Students Organisation (BSO-Azad), and was led by University of Balochistan Professor Dr Saba Dashtiyari..."; List of Iranian Baloch hanged 2004 - 2009, RadioBaloch.org, Jun 2009
The Bahraini Authorities Recruit of Mercenaries from Makran Town, Pakistan, Jun 6, 2009: "...The Bahrain Center for Human Rights believes that the recruitment taking place in Makran aims to bring in more Baluch soldiers to join the Bahraini National Guard as well as the Special Forces that belong to the National Security apparatus. Both of these groups are made up of mostly foreign mercenaries, and used to suppress local movements petitioning for greater rights..."
Rising Above I.Q., by Nicholas D. Kristof, NYTimes.com, Jun 6, 2009: "...the most decisive weapons in the war on poverty aren't transfer payments but education, education, education..."
Barrick Gold colonel invites Baluch ire, by Ahmar Mustikhan, Newsvine.com, Jun 5, 2009; Additional info on Barrick Gold at http://protestbarrick.net/. The site is a portal for groups researching mining issues and is concerned with communities negatively impacted by Barrick's (and other mining) operations.
RELEASE: Balochistan: The Key To Regional Security, June 8, 2009, Palais Des Nations, Geneva (download pdf)

Event scheduled to coincide with 11th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva (UNHRC) and will address human rights violations and propose solutions to simmering tension and conflict in key region straddling Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in partnership with Interfaith International and Baloch representative Mr. Noordin Mengal, will host an event to discuss the deteriorating human rights violations in Baluchistan during the 11th Session of the UNHRC in Geneva on Monday, June 8 from 16h00 (TBC).

Balochistan is a region that makes up 44% of Pakistan’s territory but also straddles Iran and Afghanistan. The region is exceptionally rich in natural resources which has encouraged exploitative domestic and external intervention.

Speakers at the event will include influential Baloch leaders, security and human rights experts and representatives of Permanent Missions to the UN, each of whom will contribute to discussions of the present situation in the region and possible solutions. The session, entitled
Self-Determination in Baluchistan-its Relation to Regional and Global Security will discuss the repeated human rights violations of the Baloch, a minority community who have been politically and economically marginalized by the Pakistan government.

These violations include indiscriminate use of force against civilians, targeted killings and the disappearance of political activists and journalists. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are said to have been displaced across province boundaries into Sindh and Punjab and state boundaries into Afghanistan, underlining the regional and international nature of the problem. The kidnapping of American citizen and head of the UNHCR in Balochistan, Mr. John Solecki in February of this year brought the attention of the international community to this region, but the subsequent killing of three men who were members of the committee that secured his release is evidence that international attention must now turn to international action.

This event will allow assembled leaders, experts, and decision-makers to discuss the current situation, raise awareness of the complexity to the problem, and begin to develop possible solutions to the existing regional turmoil and instability.

For more information on please contact:
Ms. Maggie Murphy
UNPO Project Coordinator
P.O. Box 85878,
2508 CN The Hague, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 70 36 46 504
Cell: +31 (0) 649 864 340

Dr. Charles Graves
Interfaith International Secretary General
P.O. Box 32,
1246 Corsier, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 0041 22 751 23 45
Fax: 0041 22 751 23 48
View: '"Torturing Democracy" relies on the documentary record to connect the dots in an investigation of harsh interrogations of prisoners in U.S. custody - and points straight to the top. Timely and powerful, at its heart the film is about the rule of law - and how the government pushed it aside despite the fierce resistance of many on the inside...'
Stop Pak from conducting nuke tests in Balochistan: Baluch group, ZeeNews.com, Jun 1, 2009: " Asserting that testing of nuclear weapons is the worst harm Pakistani occupation inflicted on Baluchistan, a Baluch group in the United States has asked the UN to take steps to stop Islamabad from conducting further nuclear tests on their land..."
Law graduate goes missing, Father clings to hope for ‘abducted' son's return, by Malik Siraj Akbar, DailyTimes.com.pk, May 31, 2009
In the region : UN chief knew Tamil civilian toll had reached 20,000, by Catherine Philp, TimesOnline.com, May 30, 2009: “The 20,000 figure has also been obtained by Le Monde, the French daily newspaper, which quoted UN sources as saying that the figure had not been made public to avoid a diplomatic storm. The figure of 7,000 deaths until the end of April, which was based on individually documented deaths and not estimates, was leaked by UN sources in Sri Lanka this month after internal anger over the secrecy surrounding them. UN satellite images documenting the bombing of medical facilities were also leaked from New York...The Human Rights Council's decision not to call for specific measures to protect Sri Lankans made a mockery of the council, but it does not mean the end of the international community's responsibility to respond to this continuing crisis..."; Calls for war crimes inquiry over 20,000 civilian deaths in Sri Lanka, by Jeremy Page, TimesOnline, May 29, 2009: "...Backed by China, Russia and other allies, Sri Lanka also easily defeated a proposal for a war crimes inquiry at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday..."
Up to 40pc children out of school: report, Dawn.com, May 28, 2009: "The report quoted World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness 2008-09 that ranked Pakistan 117 out of 134 countries in terms of quality of primary education...the report highlighted that education was most under threat in two major provinces – NWFP and Balochistan – both riddled with internal conflicts.
Release: Washington DC.
What: Nuclear Tests in Baluchistan: Political and Environmental Impacts
When: May 29, 2009 at 12 noon sharp
Where: 276 Carroll Street, DC NW 20012
RSVP: 301-957-0008

On May 29, a number of distinguished scholars and activists will talk about the nuclear tests in Baluchistan and their impacts on the politics and environment of southwest Asia and the world at large.

The DC-based education and advocacy organization, American Friends of Baluchistan, has organized the meeting in Washington DC to commemorate the 11th anniversary of Pakistan's nuclear tests in Baluchistan.

The seminar comes in the wake of recent reports that Pakistan army is feverishly multiplying its nuclear warheads. (read more)
Tensions brew in Balochistan as countless missing, by Qurat ul ain Siddiqui, Dawn.com, May 25, 2009
Balochistan APC, Dawn editorial, Dawn.com, May 23, 2009: "...Balochistan is poor when it should be rich. It has a relatively small population and vast reserves of fossil fuels and precious metals such as gold and copper. The province has been exploited ruthlessly, if not pillaged, by the centre. It has been on the receiving end of brutal military crackdowns, torture and forced ‘disappearances.' The anger felt by the Baloch is understandable, as is their sense of alienation from the centre. Those who take up arms in the fight against injustice, or seek a separate homeland, will continue to find adherents to their cause if the centre fails to invest in Balochistan and award it control over its riches. Conversely, the insurgents will find few takers when there are enough schools, hospitals and job opportunities in the province..."
From before: Pakistan refuses aid to displaced Baloch: Pakistan's Other War, by Ziad Zafar, Newsline, Jun 14, 2007: "...For several months now, aid agencies have been desperate to gain access to the parts of Balochistan where villagers are caught in the crossfire between rebel tribesmen and government forces, but their efforts have been consistently blocked. "We have tried everything to get aid across but all our attempts have been systematically undermined," said Ronald Van Dijk, head of the UNICEF mission in Pakistan. "Meanwhile, surplus supplies of medicine and food are lying in warehouses in Quetta. "I even know of aid groups that tried to deliver relief without permits, but they got turned back on the road." Officially, the UN cannot deliver aid without formal permission from the host nation, something the agency has been desperately seeking for the last nine months..."
Photos published by Radio Balochi FM (News Agency of "Balochistan Human Rights Activists Association").
missing Abdul Wahid Qamber Baloch's life is in danger, family announces hunger strike beginning May 20 in front of the Karachi Press Club. Wahid Qamber's and Fazal Kareem's sister and nieces are on strike at Turbat Press Club from May 19 (today). Translated from Daily Tawar by BalochWarna.org
in US: Abuse Photos Include Images Of Rape And Sexual Assault: Report, Huffingtonpost.com, May 27, 2009; Torture memos and historical amnesia, by Noam Chomsky, atimes.com, May 21, 2009; U.S. Captain Hears Pleas for Afghan Detainee, By Richard A. Oppel, Jr., NYTimes.com, May 24, 2009; Why Closing Gitmo Starts in Indiana: Obama, Torture and John Walker Lindh, by MICHAEL TEITELMAN, Counterpunch.org, May 22-24, 2009; How Long Does It Take?, by ALEXANDER COCKBURN, counterpunch.org, May 23, 2009
in US: Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama, by Jeremy Scahill, AlterNet.org, May 15, 2009: "As the Obama administration continues to fight the release of some 2,000 photos that graphically document U.S. military abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, an ongoing Spanish investigation is adding harrowing details to the ever-emerging portrait of the torture inside and outside Guantánamo..."
Rally: On May 6, 2009, Baloch and Sindhi human rights supporters gathered outside the White House to protest Pakistani govt. policies in Balochistan and Sindh during Pakistan's president Zardari's meeting with US President Obama.

Memorandum for the President of the United States and the President of Pakistan, by Baloch International League for Peace and Freedom and the Balochi Sindhi Front of the USA.

Video of Pres. Zardari's motorcade arrival at the White House and protest rally on May 6, 2009

The DC-based American Friends of Baluchistan has congratulated the brotherly Baloch International League for the rally in front of the White House on Wednesday to expose Pakistan army brutalities against Baluchistan.
London, Public Meeting:
The Baluch-Invisible Victims of the ‘War on Terror’

Tuesday, 5 May, 2009, 7pm Committee Room 4a,
House of Lords, Hosted and chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, "...Countless violations of international law largely go unnoticed by political leaders in the democracies of the West because they are keen to maintain their close strategic alliance with Pakistan. It is time that these policies were changed and that the Baluch were granted the legitimate rights enjoyed by the peoples of the world. These countless violations of international law largely go unnoticed by political leaders in the democracies of the West because they are keen to maintain their close strategic alliance with Pakistan. It is time that these policies were changed and that the Baluch were granted the legitimate rights enjoyed by the peoples of the world..." (read in full)
NYTimes Editorial: The Torturers' Manifesto, Apr 18, 2009; Bush Administration Terrorism Memos, posted at NYTimes.com; NYT Calls for Impeachment of Torture Memo Author, Huffingtonpost.com, Apr 19, 2009
Release: On Apr 23, 2009, the Vancouver Chapter of BHRC (Canada) is holding a peaceful rally to protest the brutal murders of Baloch political activists and leaders. BHRC, Vancouver, will highlight Pakistani military crimes against citizens of Balochistan in an effort to help Canadians understand the ground reality in Balochistan. All defenders of human rights and peace loving citizens are invited to attend.
Location: in front of Vancouver Central Public Library,
350 West Georgia Street, next to Canadian Broadcasting Corporations (CBC) building.
Release: A protest demonstration was held in front of Bush House (BBC World service office in London) on 19 April 2009. The protest demonstration was organized by Baloch Human Rights Council in collaboration with the World Sindhi Congress and Sindhi Baloch Forum. (read full report, letter to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown appealing for British intervention in Balochistan), letter to UN Sec. Gen. Mr. Ban Ki Moon; video of London protest (by Balochinews.com) including statements by Hairbyar Marri and Akbar Barakzai. Photos.
Photos provided by BHRC (Canada)

Release: Toronto, April 17, 2009 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) held a protest rally in Toronto to express their shock and concern over the abduction, torture, and extra judicial killings of the three Baloch leaders, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Munir, and Sher Mohammad Baloch by the Pakistani military intelligence agencies. The rally was attended by Baloch community of Toronto, World Sindhi Institute, Canadian Kashmiri Association, and Pakhtunkhwa Peace Forum...(for detail, for pictures)
Release, Apr 17, 2009: A highly successful protest rally in front of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC demanded complete pullout of Pakistani troops and intelligence services from Baluchistan and granting the blood-torn region their right to self determination. The rally organized by Baluch human rights activist Maqbool Aliani and American Friends of Baluchistan (AFB) leaders Nabi Baloch, Laurie Deamer and Mohammed Ali Baloch condemned Pakistan for genocide and state terrorism in Baluchistan...(more) (video) coverage in Hindustan Times, Apr 18, 2009: Baluchis hold demonstratioon in front o Pak Embassy
Dawn.com/File photo

BHC issues notices in missing people cases, Dawn.com, Apr 18, 2009
Interview with Hairbyar Marri (in Urdu), Live with Talat on AAJTV, Apr 17, 2009
Interview with Brahamdagh Bugti (in Urdu), Live with Talat on AAJTV, Apr 15, 2009; Baloch leader urges India, US to help attain freedom from Pakistan, Thaindian.com, Apr 16, 2009
International Blasphemy: The Free World Bars Free Speech, by Jonathan Turley, JonathanTurley.org, Apr 12, 2009
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission: PAKISTAN: Fingers point at state intelligence agencies in the killings of three Baloch nationalist leaders
The Killing Fields of Inequality, by Göran Therborn, reposted at CommonDreams.org, Apr 7, 2009: "...But the recurrent success of the Nordic welfare-states - with Finland ranked sixth and oil-Norway sixteenth out of 131 countries on a list of the most successful capitalist economies - indicates that generous, relatively egalitarian welfare-states are neither utopias nor protected enclaves, but highly competitive participants in the world market. In other words, even within the parameters of global capitalism there are many degrees of freedom for radical social alternatives. The lethal effects of inequality make the search for them imperative..."
Baloch students organization and other students of Islamabad held a protest against the brutal murder of chairman BNM Gulam Muhammad Baloch, Lala Munir baloch and Shair Muhad Baloch in front of Islamabad Press Club, photo by Sami Baloch, Apr 13, 2009

K. Ali Baloch: Another endangered Baloch leader, Malik Siraj Akbar writes, Apr 13, 2009, and Washin Wajahan…Goda Khuda Hafiz, Apr 10, 2009
US condemns Baloch leaders' killing, DailyTimes.com.pk, Apr 11, 2009
APP/file photo from dawn.com

April 9, 2009: Top Baloch Leaders Assassinated
Baloch nationalist leaders Baloch National Movement President Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Munir and Sher Mohammad Baloch were found dead in a rural mountainous region near Turbat, police reported. One policeman killed as riots break out in Balochistan, Dawn.com, Apr 9, 2009
Riots as Baloch chiefs found dead, BBCNews, Apr 9, 2009: "...The BBC's Azizullah Khan in Quetta says Ghullam Muhammad Baloch was a leader of his own faction of the Balochistan National Movement and a key member of the committee set up to try to secure the release of abducted UN worker John Solecki, who was freed last Saturday. Sher Muhammad Bugti was a leader of the Balochistan Republican Party..."

Baloch leaders killing; Violence erupt in Karachi, Balochistan, Aaj TV, Apr 9, 2009

Release: Balochi Human Rights Council (BHRC) strongly condemns the cold blooded murders of Baloch political activists Waja Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Waja Sher Mohammad Baloch and Lala Muneer Baloch, Apr 9, 2009
CIA medics joined in Guantánamo torture sessions, says Red Cross, by Mark Tran, The Guardian, Apr 7, 2009
NEW: JOHN SOLECKI RELEASED! Aaj TV Online, Apr 4, 2009; Abducted UN official John Solecki released, ARY OneWorld, Apr 4, 2009
Baloch leaders allegedly arrested by agencies, Dawn.com, Apr 4, 2009
New: UN suspends relief operations in Balochistan, by Saleem Shahid, Dawn.com, Apr 1, 2009
Nawab Marri
Nawab Khair Baksh Marri
Nawab Khair Baksh Marri photographed by Aziz Sanghur in Karachi.

Aziz Sanghur is a Baloch journalist based in Karachi working at News One TV, Karachi, in the Feature Department as producer, director and writer.

More photos
Geneva conference on Balochistan: Former Senator Sanaullah Baloch's statement on Balochistan in UN Human Rights Council 23 March 2009; Photos

Geneva, Sana Baloch
The Human Rights Situation in Baluchistan - Pattern of Repression: Conference Details
On March 20, 2009 foreign observers and members of the Baluch community attended a conference organized by Noordin Mengal titled "The Human Rights Situation in Baluchistan - Pattern of Repression" at Palais Des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The conference followed a demonstration held at "The Broken Chair", also at the Palais des Nations. Click for full account; click for photos
The International Community Must Act Now to Save the Baloch from Extinction, letter to President of the United Nations Human Rights Council by Interfaith International, UNPO Secretariat, Baloch Human Rights Council, Sindhi Baloch Forum
ALRC (The Asian Legal Resource Centre) Statement: ASIA: Interactive dialogue with the Special Procedures on torture and forced disappearancesment, Mar 12, 2009
Baloch leader demands the end of the Pakistani and Iranian occupation of Balochistan, BSO-na.org, Mar 12, 2009: "Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of the Baloch Society of North America, has demanded that the United Nations help end the Pakistani and Iranian occupation of Balochistan..."
BSO (M) 'Balochistan Protection Rally' attended by estimated 20,000 people. Speakers Waja Mohid ul Din Baloch and Secretary General Javed Baloch addressed the issue of independence for the province of Balochistan. Mar 28, 2009
Shahzeb Baloch goes missing, by Malik Siraj Akbar, Malik Siraj Akbar Writes, Mar 27, 2009
Khan of Kalat Suleiman Daud
Royal asylum seeker's Welsh home, by Carl Roberts, The Poitics Show, Wales, BBC News, Mar 22, 2009:

Khan of Kalat: "The only people who are secular in that region are the Baloch, and if you (the UK Government) want to lose your last ally on the ground... that is your choice."

Additional audio: Royal's fight for justice: audio only
BrokenChair Release!

10th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, March 20

Please attend the Baluch Demonstration at the:

Broken Chair
20th March 2009
9am - 12pm
Palais des Nations,
Geneva, Switzerland
The Conference on Human Rights of the Baluch is scheduled for: 3 pm-5 pm, 20th March 2009, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Amnesty International has called on the UN to raise the issue of enforced disappearances in Pakistan at this 10th session of the HRC.

Note: The Broken Chair "represents a giant chair with a broken leg and stands on the Place des Nations, in Geneva. It symbolises opposition to land mines and cluster bombs, and acts as a reminder to politicians visiting Geneva."
Pakistan fails to come clean on secret detentions, Amnesty International, Feb 25, 2009
We all love Jan Dashti, by Malik Siraj Akbar, Malik Siraj Akbar Writes, Feb 23, 2009, word doc; letter to UN by BHRC, Feb 23, 2009; Attack on Dashti Widely Condemned, The Frontier Post, Feb 23, 2009; Joint press release, by Baloch and Sindhi human rights advocacy organizations, Feb 25, 2009
UK agents 'colluded with torture in Pakistan': Intelligence sources 'confirm abuse', Extent of Mohamed injuries revealed" by Mark Townsend, The Observer, Feb 22, 2009: "...Last week HRW submitted evidence to parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights. The committee is to question Miliband and Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, over a legal loophole which appears to offer British intelligence officers immunity in the UK for any crimes committed overseas..."; UK ministers asked to appear before human rights panel, Dawn.com, Feb 12, 2009
'No US rights' for Bagram inmates, BBC News, Feb 21, 2009: '...The justice department ruled that some 600 so-called enemy combatants at Bagram have no constitutional rights...Prof Olshansky said the conditions at the Bagram facility, which is near the Afghan capital, Kabul, were worse than those at Guantanamo Bay, adding that there was a lack of due process available to detainees. "The situation in Bagram is so far from anything like meeting the laws of war or the human rights treaties that we're bound to," she told the BBC. "There are no military hearings where the detainees can present evidence," she added. "Torture has led to homicides there that have been admitted by the US." "It's quite a severe situation, and yet the US is planning a $60m new prison to hold 1,100 more people there." The US military considers Bagram detainees unlawful combatants who can be detained for as long as they are deemed a threat to Afghan national security.'
Mir Ghous Baksh Bezanjo
Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo,
in his youth
  Mir Ghous Baksh Bezanjo
d. Aug 11, 1989

From before: Role of Mir Ghous Bakhsh Bezanjo in the Politics of Balochistan: An Analysis, PhD thesis by Naudir Bakht, Apr 1999, Univ. of Balochistan, Quetta (download pdf)

Update: released

Qambar Baloch goes ‘missing', by Malik Siraj Akbar, Feb 13, 2009

"...There are confirmed reports that Qambar Baloch, a student of the 8th semester in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) department at the Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITMS), has gone ‘missing'. He ‘disappeared' on 12 February from Quetta city where he had been invited by some officials ‘to come for investigations'. Part II, Feb 14, 2009

Crackdown against B.S.O (Azad), by Baloch Students Organization (Azad), Feb 12, 2009
"Not Guilty!" London – 11 February 2009
by Peter Tatchell, The Guardian; Defendants Hyrbyair Marri and Faiz Baluch vindicated: "Baluchistan human rights activists, Hyrbyair Marri and Faiz Baluch, have been acquitted of terrorism charges today, 11 February 2009, at Woolwich Crown Court in London..."

Closing statement for Faiz Baluch by Lady Helena Kennedy QC (Wed, Jan 21, 2009); Closing statement for Hairbyar Marri by Henry Blaxland QC (Thurs, Jan 22, 2009);

Faiz Baluch's statement; Hyrbyair Marri's statement

Summary by Peter Tatchell.

'Terror abroad' retrial ruled out, BBC News, Mar 10, 2009

Click for historical coverage

Peter Tatchell's Statement
For coverage since arrest, on Rashid Rauf and other related issues: background coverage
Letter from Baloch Human Rights Council: The Baloch Human Rights Council condemns Pakistani army brutality against unarmed Baloch civilians, including women and children and, in particular, Ms Zarrina Marri. The BHRC urges United Nation's Secretary Genral Ben Ki Moon for immediate and swift action. BHRC asks concerned readers to fax this letter or your own to Secretary General Ben Ki Moon.

For Balochistan Human Rights Watch updates, visit radiobalochi.org, broadcasting from Sweden. On Feb 9, 2009, five men accused of being members of Jundullah were sentenced to death or 22 years in prison.
Letters: Baloch TV Channel, by Seema Khanum Pashambay, Karachi: "... the present government should allow opening up of a private Balochi TV channel and unlock the door of proper entertainment and knowledge for Baloch people as well..."

From before: Munir Mengal's Baloch Voice TV project, ISI, MI and General Musharraf: The man who survived Pakistan's Gestapo, Dec 13, 2008, by Rahimullah Yusufzai
Partial list of disappeared in Balochistan, Pakistan, posted at balochunity.org, Jan 23, 2009: includes information regarding details of the arrests. None of these individuals have been produced in court and Pakistani agencies refuse to offer information regarding the welfare or location of these individuals.

Must-see documentary exposing torture by U.S.: Taxi to the Dark Side, dir. by Alex Gibney, Academy Award winner 2007 (trailer); article by Amy Goodman, Feb 27, 2008, Truthdig.org; early NY Times coverage: In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates' Deaths, by Tim Golden, NYTimes.com, May 20, 2005; Detainee Was Tortured, a Bush Official Confirms, by William Glaberson, NY Times, Jan 14, 2009 (Note: See documentary 'Taxi to the Dark Side' for additional perspective on Qahtani's case.)

US threats mean evidence of British resident's Guantánamo torture must stay secret, by Richard Norton-Taylor, Feb 4, 2009: "Evidence of how a British resident held in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp was tortured, and what MI5 knew about it, must remain secret because of serious threats the US has made against the UK, the high court ruled today. The judges made clear they were deeply unhappy with their decision, but said they had no alternative as a result of a statement by David Miliband, the foreign secretary, that if the evidence was disclosed the US would stop sharing intelligence with Britain..."

Ken Gude says, in effect, that human rights don't count. Governments may have broken laws regarding torture, but never mind--torture of an individual is a small matter in comparison to states losing their ability to share intelligence: Guantánamo's secrets, by Ken Gude, The Guardian, Feb 5, 2009: "... Public disclosure of information is an essential part of any well-functioning democracy. Yet the immediate impact of such a disclosure would be a rift between the United States and Britain. But it could also have more far-reaching implications, curtail intelligence cooperation among a broad set of key countries, and increase the risk to British and American soldiers on the front lines. The cause of public disclosure, however important, is not sufficient to risk such an outcome...

For insight into 'What happens when you put good people in an evil place?', see the classic psychology study, The Stanford Prison Experiment

Comment: Extraordinary rendition, by Niloufer Siddiqui: "...Pakistan is just one of the many countries which has aided and abetted the United States in carrying out its extraordinary rendition programme...Article 3 of the Convention against Torture states, “No State Party shall expel, return (“refouler”) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture."
Open Letter Regarding the Zarina Marri case (an email exchange with Malik Siraj Akbar), by Alia Amirali, Jan 18, 2009; Young Women Forced Into Sexual Slavery, Asian Human Rights Commission Report, Scoop.co.nz, Jan 13, 2008, (also at AHRC); see PAKISTAN: 52 illegal torture and detention centres identified, AHRC statement, Jun 5, 2008)
The Baluch Exclusive: Baloch outraged, agitated over Zarina episode, By Malik Siraj Akbar, Jan 14, 2009: "...This writer repeatedly endeavored to contact Major General Athar Abbas, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), and the station officer in Quetta to seek the army's reaction to the AHRC report and the Baloch anger. None of them was available for comments..."
Strike partially observed on BNF's call, by Amanullah Kasi, Dawn.com, Jan 13, 2009; Baloch protest trial of nationalist leaders in London, by Malik Siraj Akbar, DailyTimes.com.pk, Jan 11, 2009
Comment: Missing in Pakistan, by Mehlaqa Samdani, DailyTimes.com.pk, Jan 8, 2009: "...Pakistan's current civilian government, democratically elected in February 2008, remains weak and has largely been unable to hold its agencies accountable for their involvement in the enforced disappearances of Pakistani citizens. It has also, for its own political reasons, continued with the previous government's policy of keeping the judiciary under strict executive control.

Sadly, families of the missing have more confidence in the new US administration's ability to resolve this humanitarian issue than in their own government's will and capacity. This is an opening that if seized by the Obama administration could go a long way towards improving relations between the Pakistani public and the US government..." (reposted)

The Man Who Survived Pakistan's Gestapo,, by Rahimullah Yusufzai, The News, Dec 13, 2008

Munir Mengal's update on Facebook, Jan 2009
Baloch Vanguard profile for 6 January 2001, Day of Shuhada-e-Khalat
Balochistan Human Rights Watch reports on Baloch prisoners in Mach jail, Balochistan province, Pakistan, RadioBalochi.org, Jan 3, 2009
List of Young Baloch Men hanged/killed by Iranian Regime in 2004-2008, posted at balochunity.org, Jan 3, 2009; download Amnesty International human rights report, Sep 2007 (word doc); list of some arrested Baloch in Iran, Balochistan Human Rights Watch and RadioBalochi.org: 2006-2009
Balochi journalist reveals he was tortured in prison, Reporters Without Borders, Dec. 24, 2008: "...Lehri's account was distressing similar to that of Munir Mengal, who was arrested on the orders of former president, Pervez Musharraf, on 4 April 2006 and held secretly on his orders for 22 months by police and military intelligence for having founded the satellite television Baloch Voice..."
Norway deplores executions in Iran, The Norway Post, Dec. 31, 2008: "...Two days ago the Iranian authorities closed the Center for Defence of Human Rights in Tehran, The centre was established and headed by the Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003..."; Another Baluch was hanged today in Baluchistan by the Iranian security forces, by Reza Hossein Borr, Dec. 22, 2008
Pakistan forces beat up Baluch journalist, by Ahmar Mustikhan, NowPublic.com, Dec. 24, 2008
The man who survived Pakistan's Gestapo, by Rahimullah Yusufzai, The News, Dec. 13, 2008; reposted at balochunity.org
Baloch Human Rights Watch reports: Security forces in Iran have kidnapped, tortured and killed a Baloch man of the Berahoui tribe, RadioBalochi.org, Dec. 3, 2008

An Appeal: Stop the execution of 5 innocent young Baloch, by Reza Hossein Borr, Nov 25, 2008:

Statement by Baloch Human Rights Council following successful demonstration in front of Central Mosque in London. Previous rallies in front of the Iranian Embassy drew small crowds and so the venue was shifted (Word doc).
An Appeal: Subject: Exposing Discriminating Policies of SAP-PK, November 14, 2008: "...We wish to draw your attention towards a gruesome cycle of constant victimization and harassment of Baloch development activists working in the Balochistan office of an organization called South Asia Partners Pakistan (SAP-PK)..."
In Memory:
Balach Marri
Jan. 17, 1965 - Nov 20, 2007

Strike observed on Balaach Marri's death anniversary, by Salim Shahid, Dawn.com, Nov 20, 2008
Sources report that several resistance groups mark the anniversary of Balach Marri's assassination with barage of attacks:

Release: Martyr remembered, brother faces U.K. jail. Selig Harrison shames Americans for arms supplies to Pakistan, IndyMedia.org, Nov 30, 2008

Lashkar-e-Balochistan Strikes with deadly force

BLA claims responsibility for several deadly attacks in Balochistan

Other incidents

Archived coverage on Marri and Bugti killings and arrest of Herbyar Marri and Faiz Moh. Baluch
Updates related to earthquake at PakQuake.com; Rain worsens conditions for quake survivors, By Saleem Shahid, Dawn.com, Dec. 8, 2008; 7 die of cold in quake-hit area of Balochistan, DailyTimes.com.pk, Nov 17, 2008; Government's earthquake relief effort criticised, by Amanullah Kasi, Dawn.com, Nov 17, 2008; Tackling the quake aftermath, by Murtaza Razvi, Dawn.com, Nov 6, 2008: "...The provincial government's involvement in the practical relief effort is negligible as seen and ascertained by those visiting the worst-affected areas. It won't be an exaggeration to say that the provincial government is conspicuous by its absence from the scene of the disaster. Ironic as it may sound, the Balochistan government spends hundreds of thousands of rupees per month on the upkeep of the largest-ever provincial cabinet, yet Ms Rubina Irfan, the provincial law minister who took the trouble of visiting some of the affected villages in Ziarat district last week, said that her government could not cope with the challenge at hand..."; Balochistan quake victims to get funds for new houses: PM, DailyTimes.com.pk, Nov 6, 2008; Pakistan quake relief efforts focus on bitter winter, Dawn.com, Nov 2, 2008; Militant groups provide relief to quake victims, Dawn.com, Oct 31, 2008; Earthquake in Pakistan Kills at Least 150 People, by Salman Masood, NYTimes, Oct 29, 2008; Strong quake hits Pakistan, at least 100 killed, by Sattar Kakar, Associated Press Writer, Oct 29, 2008
BNP-M vows to resist IDPs' settlement in Balochistan, DailyTimes.com.pk, Oct 16, 2008: The Balochistan National Party – Mengal (BNP-Ml) has expressed its concern over a reported government plan to settle around 80,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Bajaur in Balochistan and warned to resist the move ‘tooth and nail'.
Jundullah Right-Hand Man Killed in Iran, Fars News Agency, Oct 20, 2008; Bombardment of a large part of Western and Northern Baluchistan, balochunity.org, Oct 14, 2008; Bombardment of Balochistan, Iran, on 11, 12, 13 October 08 by Iranian security forces.
Balochistan crying out for disaster strategy: experts, by Saleem Shahid, Dawn.com, Oct 11, 2008
More talk than action, Dawn editorial, Oct 1, 2008
Guantanamo update: Seized in Pakistan, Two 50-Year Olds Released From Guantánamo, by Andy Worthington, counterpunch.org, Oct 8, 2008
Baluch, Sindhi vigilance for rights urged, by Khalid Hashmani, Sep 29, 2008
Jirga slaps fine on man, declares woman kari: "...A married woman was allegedly declared kari in a jirga and it was decided that she should be killed while the man alleged to be karo was asked to pay Rs100,000 and a girl’s hand as fine...Ghulam Abbas, husband of accused woman along with his family members, relatives and father-in-law, reached Razidero press club on Friday evening and staged a protest. ...
Press Release: Baloch and Sindhi Leaders met with US lawmakers to highlight the Pakistan's human right violations in Sindh and Balochistan, Sep 29, 2008, contact: Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA)
Baloch women song writers praised, Dawn.com, Sep 7, 2008: "...Prof Jamaldani said that Baloch women had taken up the pen in an effort to change their social condition. He said: “Women want to raise their voice against the discriminatory attitude of tribal society, but as she is helpless she took to expressing her difficulties and the negative attitude of society through her poetry..."
Immediate halt to military operation in..., apnakarachi.com, Sep 2, 2008: "...Condemning government's apathetic attitude towards Balochistan and its disinterest in safeguarding the rights of Baloch nationals, activists and members of the civil society have called for an end to the military operation in the region that has claimed lives of thousands of innocent people besides displacing several others...; From before: Dr. Naila Qadri, Professor at Balochistan University, opens 2nd session at National Peace Conference, Hyderabad, Apr 2008.
BRP party member killed
Saleem Afshani
Baloch Republican Party (BRP) District South President Saleem Afshani, reported killed by agencies on Sep 17, 2008 in Karachi. His body was found in Lea Market, Karachi.

From before: Interview with Brahmadagh Bugti, (leader of BRP party) by Malik Siraj Akbar
Balochistan Human Rights Watch demands the release of Four Balochs: Four Baloch arrested Frontier Constablry (FC), balochwarna.org and Baloch Human Rights Watch, Sep 4, 2008

missing photo:
Mr. Rehmatullah Mengal

from Quetta: Mr. Hussain Ahmed Jamaldini, his brother Mr. Abdul Baqi Jamaldini and cousin Mr. Rehmatullah Mengal; from Noushki: Mr. Yahya Jamaldini, a teacher by profession.

Hassan Janan Badini, a lecturer in the Balochi department at the University of Balochistan, was detained by Pakistani forces on 26-08-2008. More info. Allegations.

Update: Persecution of a lecturer, by Chaker Haider Baloch

Appeal to Ambassador Hussain Haqqani
Release: Baluchi Ha'al Gathering
An initiative of the American Friends of Baluchistan, Washington DC --A voice for peace in southwest Asia
full report, Aug 31, 2008

Protest: American Friends of Baluchistan AFB to mark 9/11 anniversary with protests in front of Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC

Letter: Pakistan army is rogue, terrorist, by Ahmar Mustikhan, Sep 17, 2008

Essay: 911: Main Man, An Army General Goes Scot Free, by Ahmar Mustikhan, IndyBay.org, Sep 9, 2008

Letter: Subject: A.F.B. supports I.S.A.F. right to hot pursuit, by Ahmar Mustikhan, Sep 5, 2008
Balochistan Human Rights Watch: Call for urgent action for releasing 8 persons, recently arrested in Zahedan - Balochistan, RadioBalochi.org, Sep 7, 2008
New: 225 women killed for honour in six months, DailyTimes.com.pk, Sep 26, 2008, reported by Aurat Foundation

New: Seven Baloch women were buried alive, Senate is informed, by StopHonorKillings.com, Sep 15, 2008: Human Rights Activist Samar Minhallah also shared her own findings with the committee in the light of her own investigation. She said Baloch reporters who had actually unearthed this story and had shared useful information were facing threats to their lives.

Release: BSO-NA strongly condemn the act of burrying women alive, by Dr. Wahid Baloch, BSO-NA.org, Sep 2, 2008 (and here)
Pro-ISI senator defends Baluch women's killings, by Ahmar Mustikhan, NYC Independent Media Service, Sep 2, 2008

Baluchi Ha'al
An initiative of the American Friends of Baluchistan, Washington DC
--A voice for peace in southwest Asia

What: Reading of paper “Baluchistan two years after the assassination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, former governor and chief minister” and "Message from Nawab Brahamdagh Bugti to the American people" followed by discussion.
Why: Serious human rights violations and extra judicial killings are taking place in Baluchistan in Pakistan and Iran.
When: Aug. 30, 2.30 p.m.
Where: Savory Cafe, 7071 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Tel: 301-270-2233.
How: Come grab your own coffee and take part in a discussion on society and politics of one of the most fascinating places on earth—Baluchistan, which simply means the land of the Baluch, in southwest Asia. Baluchistan has the dubious distinction of being one of the richest lands with the poorest people on earth today. Texas-sized, the land is divided among Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.
RSVP: Ahmar Mustikhan: 301-957-0008

Aug 22, 2008: The WSI Stands in Solidarity With Millions of Pakistani Democrats in Celebrating the Demise of a Dictator

Moulavi Ahmad Naroui

Missing since Aug 9

Radio Balochi writes to Amnesty International requesting Urgent Action regarding the case of Moulavi Ahmad Naroui who disappeared after presenting himself at a courthouse, as requested by authorities, in Mashad, Iran.

His friend Mr. Najib Naroui, who is an active member of ‘'Balochistan Human Rights Watch,'' said friends who accompanied him were denied admission and were later told that Moulavi Naroui never appeared in court
New: PAKISTAN Aafia case highlights 'dark side' of counter-terrorism, Dawn.com, Nov 20, 2008: "...NEW YORK: The torture and abduction claims, which the US government rejects, are not part of the court case, but still need to be addressed, Berman said. 'Certainly it has a bearing on the clinical treatment ... and the issue of competence,' he said...."

US prosecutor says Dr Aafia may be unfit for trial, DailyTimes.com.pk, Sep 24, 2008: "...At the last court appearance, Siddiqui's lawyer, Elizabeth Fink, said federal authorities should treat Siddiqui as someone who may have been the victim of torture..."

Aafia case: IHC upbraids ministry over delay in reply, Dawn.com, Sep 10, 2008

Aafia indicted for attempted murder of US officers, by Masood Haider, Dawn.com, Sep 4, 2008

Dr Aafia's court appearance raises questions
: Amnesty International calls US govt's account of Aafia attacking officials ‘extraordinary'...Siddiqui's legal team paints a very different picture of what has happened to their client. They say...She is the ultimate victim of the American dark side.”

Press Release, Aug 12 by Asma Jahangir: "...The violation of the rights of Dr. Siddiqui and her children, and countless other missing persons, is squarely the responsibility of the government of Pakistan. There is enough evidence indicating that she was initially picked up by the intelligence agencies in Pakistan and therefore it is not only the government of the United States but also the government of Pakistan that must be made accountable for this crime..."

Coverage of Aafia Siddiqui case: Aafia's bail hearing postponed till Sept 3, by Masood Haider, Dawn.com, Aug 12, 2008; more
Amnesty International Urgent Action: According to local Baluchi sources, Ebrahim Mehrnehad, Fazlorahman Jahras, Abdollah Salarzahi and Asadollah Shahbakshhave been arrested, and their whereabouts are unknown. They are at grave risk of torture...Ebrahim Mehrnehad is the younger brother of Baluchi journalist and civil society activist Ya'qoub Mehrnehad (hanged in early August), who is the head of a legally-registered NGO, The Voice of Justice Young People's Society (VJYPS)...
Baloch separatists call Balochistan an ‘occupied land', by Khalid Hasan, DailyTimes.com.pk, Aug 17, 2008

Washington, DC: The American Friends of Baluchistan and the Baloch Society of North America were joined by Dr. Nazir Bhatti, editor of the Pakistan Christian Post, in observing Pakistan's 61st birth anniversary by holding a Press Conference “Killings and Persecution of Baluch, Hindus and Christians in Pakistan” at the National Press Club.
Washington DC, Aug 15, 2008: Baloch leader Urged the US Government and world leaders to support Balochistan's case at ICJ, Dr. Wahid Baloch: "...Baloch people, just like the Kurds, are secular and great ally in the war on terror. We support and defend the International Security Assistance Force and the democratic government of Afghanistan's right to pursue the Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists right into the sanctuaries provided to them by the Pakistan army and the Inter Services Intelligence. A Balochistan ruled by secular forces is in the interest of the peoples of the world, including the United States..."
Baluchi Ha'al launched in Washington D.C., by Shehmir Gorgej: WASHINGTON D.C.: A new program has been launched to create awareness about the Baluchistan situation in the U.S. capital.
Aug 15, 2008: Photos of Baloch refugees dislocated by Pakistani military attacks on Dera Bugti. The Baloch invite international media and human rights groups to document conditions and investigate reports that the military is using chemical weapons against its civilian population.

In Memory...

Yaghub Mehr-nehad

Baluch social activist Mehr-Nehad hanged by Iran Monday. Baluch social activist Yaghub Mehr-nehad 28 father of three hanged by Iranian authorities in the central prison of the provincial capital Zahedan.

Yaghub Mehr-nehad was founding leader of 'Voice for Justice –Baluchestan' province of Iran where he sought social justice for the people of the province.

Iranian executes journalist over 'links to militant group': An Iranian newspaper journalist has been executed for allegedly associating with a militant group and threatening national security, officials in Iran said today...Amnesty International, which has reported claims of abuses against ethnic Balochis, says Iran executed at least 335 people in 2007, with the real figure believed to be much higher...", The Guardian, Aug 5, 2008

In memory, Agha Nauroz Ahmadzai

The editors of thebaluch.com extend their deepest condolences to the Ahmadzai family for the loss of Agha Nauroz, son of Prince Musa Ahmadzai.
New: Amnesty International Press Releases related to Pakistan

London Protest, Aug 3:
report from Balochi News (click for more pics by Gulzameen)

A huge demonstration held outside the British prime minister's official resident here in London on 3rd August 08 demanding the stoppage of the British military and logistic support to Pakistan.

The demonstration was organized by Baluch Action Committee UK and also asked for western help towards stopping Pakistani army atrocities in Baluchistan, particularly the latest onslaught on Dera Bugti that started on 19 July 08 and resulted in killing of over 53 innocent women, men and children on that day alone.

The onslaught ordered by the current PPP government of Pakistan is continuing and has also forced many residents of Dera Bugti to flee to other towns and villages in Sindh province. The participants in the demonstration chanted slogans against the Pakistani army and government, and asked for the withdrawal of the army from Baluchistan.

A number of leaders including Abdul Samad Baluch, Tariq Baluch, Mir Golam Hussain Baluch, Mr. Akbar Barakzai, Dr Lohana and Khaled Langu also spoke to the gathering. They later presented a memorandum at the prime minster's house. Picture and report from Balochi News
Rights bodies urged to help find missing student, by Amanullah Kasi, Dawn.com, Jul 29, 2008: "Mohammad Anwar Baloch of Turbat has appealed to human rights organisations to raise voice against detention of his brother Iqbal Baloch for more than 15 months..."

UPDATE on the detention and repatriation of Mr. Noordin Mengal, Jul 17, 2008, unpo.org: Three weeks after his detention at Newark Liberty International Airport, Mr Mengal's case has caught the attention of authorities around the world.
Homeland insecurity: As Noordin Mengal's experience shows, the US is now adding human rights defenders to its list of unwanted aliens, by Peter Tatchell, The Guardian, Jul 2, 2008;
Noordin Mengal refused entry to the US
, BBC News Urdu, Jul 2, 2008 (see full press release issued by the Balochistan National Party)
July 4, 2008: Khan of Kalat greets U.S. people, government:
"...No amount of brute force, can crush the collective dream of a people, the U.S. struggle for independence showed...As you celebrate this great day, I urge you to keep Baluchistan in your thoughts and prayers. I pay tribute to the Americans have responded to the call of duty to uphold the ideals of freedom, justice and democracy in the most remote corners of the world..."
June 26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 20: World Refugee Day

Balochistan: Airport and Cantt projects force Gwadar locals out, balochunity.org, Jun 19, 2008: "...Land worth Rs 2m/acre being sold for half the price'..."

SC seeks inquiry into man's extradition to Iran, Dawn.com, Jun 27, 2008: "...The petitioner's advocate, Zulfikar Khalid Maluka, told Dawn that he had argued before the court that Raisani's extradition involved a case of mistaken identity. In the officials documents he had been shown as Abdul Hameed Regi Shifa, an Iranian national wanted by Tehran..."; from before: Amnesty International urgent action appeal to prevent Ghulam Haider's extradition; Amnesty International pdf

Four Jundallah men handed over to Iran, Dawn.com, Jun 15, 2008

Amnesty International urgent action appeal to prevent Ghulam Haider's extradition
; Amnesty International pdf
Young Pakistani girls traded as settlement in tribal feud, By Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers, Jun 7, 2008
Anti nuclear demonstrators arrested, one activist remains missing, May 31, 2008: Click here to SEND APPEAL through Asian Human Rights Commission.
Abdol Hamid Rigi, the brother of Abdol Malik Rigi, is be extradited to Iran, essay by Reza Hossein Borr
"... The BBC reported that Abdol Hamid Rigi, known in Pakistan as: Gholam Haidar Raeesani, the brother of Abdol Malik Rigi, the leader of Jondollah, is now in custody in Pakistan and an order for his extradition to Iran has been issued by president Musharaf...He may be extradited to Iran any moment ..."
May 28, 2008: Anti-Nuke DC rally demands extradition of A.Q. Khan, redrawing boundaries: (article, photos)
"...Robert Selle, president of the American Friends of Baluchistan, addressing the protest rally called for the right of self-determination for the people of Balochistan “a land rich in resources” and said he has written to President Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to help the

May 18, 2008: UNPO General Assembly: Forging an Organization For the 21st Century: UNPO Members were in Brussels for the IX UNPO General Assembly. Top of the agenda was the adoption of a reformed UNPO Covenant which will refine the organization's role as a major international interlocutor for indigenous and disenfranchised peoples around the world.

Member Resolution submitted on behalf of Balochistan (an UNPO member nation) by representative Noordin Mengal. Western Balochistan is represented by Nasser Bolaidi and Abdullah Jamalzhai. (download rtf file)

Invitation from BSO-NA to Join Nuclear Test Anniversary Protest, May 13, 2008

In Memory...

Sources report Shaeed Commander Qaimdeen Mengal was killed on 16 May 2008 in a deadly blast in Wadh while attacking a Pakistani army convoy. No further details regarding casualties are available at this time.

BBC Urdu interview with Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Part 1, Part 2, May, 2008
World-wide protests to mark anniversary of nuclear tests in Balochistan

Invitation from BSO-NA to Join Protest
, May 13, 2008

Global protests to mark anniversary of nuclear tests in Baluchistan, May 10, 2008

photo by Sanjay

"Baluch, Sindhi and American peace activists will join hands in protest against Pakistan testing of its deadly Islamic Bomb in occupied Baluchistan on May 28 outside the Pakistan embassy in Washington DC. A noon to dusk hunger strike will also be staged to draw the attention of the U.S. public to the ongoing brutal military operation in Baluchistan...

Baluchistan was annexed by Pakistan in March 1948 and a move is afoot to knock the doors of the International Court of Justice. The Khan of Kalat His Highness Suleman Daud Ahmedzai has sought asylum in the United Kingdom and has vowed to get the right of self-rule for his people...

A special highlight of the day will be the reading of a message from the de jure ruler of Balochistan, His Highness the Khan of Kalat. In a separate address to his nation, the Khan of Kalat will convey his plans for Baluch emancipation through telephone to the Quetta Press Club..."
Pakistan Airforce wants to set up a 4th weapons testing site in Balochistan: Info on Pakistan's nuclear weapons testing programs: Pakistan Special Weapons Facilities, Ras Koh, Wazir Khan Khosa, Kharan Desert
Appeal: Human rights organisations requested to help save the lives of 4 young Baloch from Iranshahr – Balochistan, balochunity.org, May 1, 2008
From before: Pakistan: Disappeared, One woman's search rouses a nation, PBS, Sept. 6, 2007;
Update: Pakistan: Government issues false statements about missing persons, by Ch. Narendra, mynews.in, May 6, 2008

Pakistan: Thirty nine persons recorded disappeared during the first quarter of 2008, A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission, Apr 3, 2008
Protest May 28, 2008: May 28 protests against Pakistan Nuclear Testing in Balochistan, Apr 23, 2008
Govt releases Mengal, DailyTimes.com.pk, May 10, 2008: KARACHI
World Press Freedom Day: May 3, 2008

In Memory...

Shaheed Fida Ahmeb Baloch Day, May 2, 2008

Balochistan: still waiting, May 1, 2008

Interview with Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, BBC News, Urdu, Apr 2008
Sarki back home after two years, Dawn.com, May 2, 2008
From Before: The exact date of Kalat's occupation, by Hussain Bux Thebo, 30-03-2007

From Before: The Durand Line: Line of Evil, by Dr. Dipak Basu

From Before: The Illegal Annexation Of Kalat State, bso-na.org
Harbayar released in UK, by M. Ziauddin, Dawn.com, Apr 18, 2008. For background, see: Crushing Dissent, by Peter Tatchell, The Guardian Comment, Feb 1, 2008
Mar 30, 2008: Baloch protest the 60th anniversary of the annexation of Balochistan by Pakistan, Rally at 10 Downing St.; Petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown (click photo for more pictures)
Peter Tatchell: Pakistan's neo-colonial rule, The Guardian Comment, Apr 1, 2008
Appeal to Save the Lives of 2 Baloch Teachers in Iran, by Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis, American Chronicle, Apr 9, 2008
Protests in Balochistan, BBC Urdu: Mar 27, 2008: Protests throughout Pakistan on the 60th anniversary of Balochistan's forcible annexation to Pakistan: BBC video footage; photo by Daily Tawar
Mar 1, 2008: UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples) accepts Baluchistan (Eastern) as a new member. Attendees of the organization's 4th presidency session (29th February-1st March) at its headquarters in The Hague unanimously voted to accept Baluchistan as a member. UNPO has already made appeals for the release of Akhtar Mengal on its website: http://www.unpo.org/

front L to R: Noordin Mengal, Mr. Marino Busdachin (UNPO Secretary-General ), Erkin Alptekin (Honorary President), Tsering Jampa (executive director of the International Campaign for Tibet), and other respected members.
Quetta: Baloch express support for Kurds and demonstrate against atrocities committed by Turkish, Iranian and Pakistani governments against both Kurds and Baloch, photo, NNI, Feb 29, 2008
Deposed Pakistan judge demands crisis measures overturned, The Guardian, Feb 21, 2008
"Downing Street, Don't Defend Dictator", Pakistanis protest Mwsharraf's visit, more photos
Hyrbyair Marri's arrest [and Faiz Baluch's] in London also coincided with a major Pakistani military offensive against Baluchistan, which has included the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas using US-supplied fighter jets and other weapons small arms, some of which may have been supplied by Britain...
Six young Baluch to be executed or hanged in Iran, by Reza Hossein, posted at balochunity.org, Jan 27, 2008
Background: Insurrection in Iranian Balochistan, by Chris Zambelis, jamestown.org, Jan 11, 2008; Violence and Rebellion in Iranian Balochistan, by Chris Zambelis, Jun 29, 2006
New Video: People & Power-Burning Issues, Al Jazeera, Jan 9, 2008: a report from Balochistan, where nationalists struggle for greater control over their region's natural resources.
Balochistan-New Abuses:
An appeal distributed by the Balochistan People's Party, Jan 10, 2008
Dec. 16: Demonstration, London, 10 Downing St.
Urgent Action: Arrest of Baloch Human Rights Activists Herbiyar Marri and Faiz Moh. Baluch in the UK and their Potential Extradition to Pakistan: video of demonstration

Statement to the press, for Word doc
Letter to Gordon Brown, for Word doc
Dec. 11: 2 London residents accused of inciting terrorism in Pakistan are held in the UK, by IHT (AP), Dec 11, 2007
Urgent Appeal from Managing board in Radio Balochi FM - Sweden: Dec 5, 2007: "...We urge you to persuade the British govenment and other democratic foreign countries to take a stand against the injustice and victimization of the Baloch..." click for full text
Urgent Appeal to the office of the minister for foreign affairs of the kingdom of Norway by Mohammad Moosa Arjemandi, Dec 7, 2007, regarding the "Arrestasjonen av den Balochiske menneskerettighets aktivisten i London, Storbritania." click for full text
Urgent Appeal to Amnesty International by International center for Peace and Democracy, International Kahsmir Alliance-IKA, Dec 6, 2007: "Any act of the British government to collaborate with the Pakistan government will be a serious violation of the UN human rights charter since Pakistan's poor human rights record and political persecution of especially Baloch leaders have been reported by all credible human rights organizations and world media." click for full text
Open letter to Secretary General of Amnesty International by Maqbool Aliani, Dec 5, 2007: "The fate of Mr. Herbiyar Marri is a matter of enormous tension and unrest among the Baloch people and their friends and supporters throughout the world." click for full text
Pakistan Criticized in the European Parliament for arrest and killing of Baluch Nationalist Leaders, Dec 5, 2007, Click for full text
Letter to the British Ambassador in Geneva from Interfaith International in support of Mehran Baloch. (Pakistani authorities are also seeking the extradition of Mehran Baloch.)
Herbiyar Marri and Faiz Baluch Detained in London
Dec. 4, 2007: Herbiyar Marri, 39, was detained by British authorities under the Terrorism Act 2000 in Operation Super Sweep/Swift from his residence in Ealing, London on Dec. 3. Authorities have transferred Mr. Marri to Paddington Green police station. Faiz Baluch of the Baluchistan Rights Movement was simulataneously picked up from Hyrbyair's residence in Wembley and taken to an undisclosed location.
At the moment Mr. Baluch has no legal representation.

The editors are deeply concerned that Mr. Marri and Mr. Baluch will be extradited to Pakistan where intelligence agencies are notorious for their use of torture. We urge the unconditional and immediate release of Herbiyar Marri and Faiz Baluch.
Send emails protesting the detention of Herbiyar Marri and Faiz Baluch in London to:
The British Consulate, US: PAT@britainusa.com
The British Consulate, UK: erin.taylor@fco.gov.uk
United Nations: tb-petitions@ohchr.org
Amnesty International: aiusama@aiusa.org
News alert, Dec. 4: Baluch citizens in exile harassed in London, in clear violation of dissident rights and political refugee law. For previous coverage, see Pakistan seeks swap deal to extradite dissidents living in Britain
London gathering: Baloch and Sindhi leaders and activists paid tributes to Balach Marri, details and pictures
Brahumdagh Bugti (L), Nawabzada Balach Marri (R), 2007
Nawabzada Balach Marri laid to rest, BalochWarna, Dec 1, 2007
Operation against BLA in Karachi soon, Pakistan Link, Nov 24, 2007
UAE Baloch mourn Balach Marri untimely death, IntelliBriefs, BBC News, Nov 24, 2007
BBC (Urdu) video interviews with Baloch leaders Talal Akbar Bugti and Nawab Aslam Raisani, Nov 23, 2007

Condolence Message to Balach Marri Family and Baloch People, Intellibriefs, Nov 23, 2007

Baloch Che Guevara is Dead: The Freedom Struggle Continues, by B. Raman, Nov 23, 2007

Marri says he doesn't believe Balach is dead, Dawn, Nov 23, 2007

Balach Marri was killed by NATO FORCES in Garam
, postings at SAAG.org, Nov 23, 2007 (other strikes in region: Up to 80 civilians dead' after US air strikes in Afghanistan by Jason Burke, The Guardian, July 1, 2007)

Mystery shrouds Balach's killing, Dawn, Nov 23, 2007

Balach Marri's killing
, BalochPeople.org/eng, Nov 22, 2007

Press Release 11.22.07:
World Sindhi Institute condemns extrajudical killing
Balach Marri with Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006, BBC News, profile, Nov 21, 2007 (Urdu ed.)
Did Balach Marri make history in Sarlat?, Intellibriefs, Nov 22, 2007

Baluch leader killed in Afghanistan
, al Jazeera, Nov 21, 2007

BALOCHISTAN: Baloch Nationalist Balach Marri killed
, IntelliBriefs, Nov 21, 2007

Top Baloch rebel leader 'killed'
, by Syed Shoaib Hasan, BBC News, Nov 21, 2007

"Balach has left us.", IntelliBriefs, Nov 21, 2007

Nawabzada Balach Marri Martyred during a face-to-face battle with Pakistani forces, BalochWarna, Nov 21, 2007

Photo published by BalochVoice.com of Balach Marri in the mountains of Balochistan, 2007. See video interview with al-Jazeera. See his speech on the Role of Liberation Movements
Situation Brought to Attention at HRC, by Munawar Laghari, at 6th session of the Human Rights Council, Sep 26, 2007
Updated list of disappeared: Missing Baluch, BalochVoice.org, Nov 7, 2007
Presentation to the House of Lords: read full presentation to the House of Lords, the Office of Khan of Kalat, Oct 24, 2007
Situation Brought to Attention at HRC, by Munawar Laghari, at 6th session of the Human Rights Council , Sep 26, 2007
Statement by Mehran Baluch in United Nations, Geneva, Sept 21, Since 1948 and after the illegal occupation of Balochistan by the Pakistani army, the Baloch people have been gifted with five military operations resulting in tens of thousands of casualties and thousands still missing. read more
BSO-NA.org appeal regarding executions of Baloch in Iran & Pakistan

Baloch nationalists under the leadership of the present king, Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Daud Khan, will be filing their case for the autonomy of Balochistan in the International Court of Justice: more
Dr. Wahid Baloch and Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Daud Khan
Baloch leaders to convene World Conference, file case with ICJ, Intellibriefs, Sep 7, 2007

poem by Nawab Akbar Bugti

Interview with Nawab Akbar Bugti, recording date unknown (for wikipedia profile of Nawab Akbar Bugti and other interviews, click here)
26th August, London:
First Martyrdom Anniversary of Nawab Akbar Bugti

"Baluchistan Action Committee (UK), World Sindhi Congress and Baluchistan Rights Movement are organizing a memorial meeting to honour the great Baloch hero Nawab Akber Bugti on the first anniversary of his murder by the Pakistani Army on 26th August, 2006."

click for poster, details
Photos of Baloch killed in Iran and Pakistan, Flickr, 2007
Seminar, Washington, Aug 30:

United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
(UNA-NCA) and The World Sindhi Institute (WSI) Invite you to a SEMINAR on the occasion of United Nations “INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED”

More details

Mr. David Smith, Deputy Director of United Nations Information Center: A journalist...he has lived & worked in Argentina during the "dirty war" when many people were "disappeared".
Mr. T. Kumar, Advocacy Director for Asia & Pacific, Amnesty International, USA: Mr. Kumar has extensively researched and raised the issue of disappearance...
Mr. Manzoor Mirani, Sindhi Journalist: Coming from Sindh, Mr. Mirani will share the on-ground factual situation of disappearances...
LONDON: A meeting was held on 26 August 2007 in University of London Union building at Mallet Street London UK. The gathering was organised by WSC (World Sindhi Congress), SBF (Sindhi Baloch Forum) BAC (Balochistan Action Committee UK) and BRM (Balochistan Rights Movement. A number Baloch, Sindhi and other human right campaigners from UK, Bahrain and Sweden have participated in the meeting to pay tribute to Baloch National leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.
more details and resolution

photos by Merasada
The human rights situation in Balochistan is deteriorating rapidly: The below links indicate that many more arrests have been, and are to be made; renewed effort to extradite Khairbayar Marri from England
Gang involved in Balochistan target killings identified: IGP, The News, Sep 15, 2007
Balochistan IGP claims 15pc decrease in crime, DailyTimes, Sep 15, 2007
Abduction of 32 men from New Kahan: Court issued notice to Law enforcement agencies, BalochWarna, Sep 13, 2007
Additional information on extradition request
reposting: Never Mind The Baluch by Ben Hayes, Transnational Institute, June 2007
Sherdil Khan
Update on disappearances: In early June 2007 Waheed Kambarani and Sherdil Khan were kidnapped from a restaurant in Khuzdar, Balochistan, by Pakistani agencies. For a month their whereabouts were unknown to their families. Now they have surfaced in Khuzdar detention center. Details
West Balochistan: Iranian Regime continues the execution Baloch and other minority groups, BalochWarna, Sep 7, 2007
BHC orders medical aid for Munir Mengal , by Amanullah Kasi, Dawn, Sep 7, 2007; The advocate general . . . said Mr Mengal was running the Baloch Voice website. The home department letter accused him of having close links with the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army.
West Balochistan: Iranian Regime continues the execution Baloch and other minority groups, BalochWarna, Sep 7, 2007
Pakistan missing 'should be free', BBC News, Sep 4, 2007; Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry: "It has been established that these people are in the custody of (spy) agencies . . . "
Day of the Disappeared Commemorated, by Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times, Sep 3, 2007 (page may load slowly, be patient)

" . . . On August 30, the International Day of the Disappeared was observed at the House of Representatives' Cannon House Office Building. The event had two sponsors: The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and the World Sindhi Institute (WSI). The latter organization focuses on human rights of the Sindhis in southeastern Pakistan, and many examples were given of Pakistani journalists and others who had vanished due to the government's intervention or tacit support. The former organization is a local group that discusses and supports the United Nations and its specialized agencies. . ."
Remembering Disappeared Baloch on International Day of the Disappeared, by Imran Baluch (UK), Aug 30, 2007

On 30 August, the International community remembered the missing and disappeared people throughout the world. The day has been officially declared as the Day of the Disappeared. On that day, the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) calls on all governments to provide answers to families on the fate and whereabouts of missing persons. International Human Rights Organisations have declared enforced disappearance as a grave human rights violation and a crime against humanity. On this day, 30th August 2007, the fate of tens of thousands of innocent Baloch youth and elders remains unknown. . . (click for word doc)

New: Demonstration against ‘forced disappearances', Dawn.com, Aug 31, 2007

more pics
Number of missing people continues to rise: HRCP, by The News correspondent, The News, Aug 30, 2007
Baloch Women & children block Quetta's Jinnah Road to protest for missing people, BalochWarna.org, Aug 25 2007
Baloch TV station director released by military intelligence, detained by government, by AsiaMedia, Aug 16, 2007
Asma Jahangir
Bugtis' plight concerns HRCP, Several Baloch men missing for three years, by BalochWarna.org, Aug 17, 2007

"The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) appealed to parliamentarians on Friday to urgently take up the issue of the victimisation and “merciless oppression” of the inhabitants of the Dera Bugti area..."
Asma Jahangir, HRCP, photo by Tom Tavee
Intimidating Baloch nationalists', by Sanaullah Baloch, The Nation, Aug 9, 2007:
"...Akhtar Mengal, former chief minister...is detained since last eight months...Mengal is not arrested in corruption charges, neither charged with misuse of power. He is not an industrialist, loan defaulter and not involved in any land scam like many other pro-establishment politicians of the country...
khtar Mengal is detained and kept in isolated cell with scorching temperature in one of the Karachi's prison since December 2006..." more

Protest against arrest of political workers: Govt urged to stop military operation, Dawn.com, Aug 9, 2007
Reporters Without Borders demands Baloch TV station director's freedom, BalochWarna.org, Aug. 8, 2007; Munir Mengal resurfaces on RCD Highway, after 1 year & 4 months, BalochWarna.org, by Malik Siraj Akbar, Aug 6, 2007; original arrest: Baloch activist arrested, Apr. 05, 2006; Amnesty Intl. report: Arbitrary arrest/possible "disappearance"/fear of torture: Munir Mengal (m), Apr. 13, 2006

Baloch Community (UK) Press Release, July 6, 2007:

The central executive committee of Baloch Community (UK) in its meeting expressed concern over the role of Iranian and Pakistani authorities in dealing with the disaster in both parts of Balochistan. more

Dear Members of the public,
We are appealing on behalf of the Baloch people who are in urgent need of your support. The region of Balochistan in South East Asia has been hit by cyclone Yemyin, which has affected over one million Baloch people. As a result of this unprecedented natural disaster over 250,000 Baloch have been left homeless and all transport network links have been destroyed leaving the Baloch people without basic necessities such as shelter, clean water, basic food and clothes. Please help the people of Balochistan as much as you can, any level of support is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping the Baloch people at this grave time. If you have any queries please do not hesitate in contacting us at:

Please send any contributions to the following account:
Branch code = 0213 (Edmonton),
Account number: 703 863 442

Branch address is 190 Fore street,
Edmonton, London, N18 2JA

Fore more details contact: General Secretary of BCUK, Mr. Hussain Baloch, On: 07920729683
Thank you for your support
Many Regards,
BCUK (Baloch Community UK)

For more coverage and recent news visit:


publ., balochwarna.org, Jul 2, 2007


for more human rights-related...
Sherdil Khan, the grandson of late Prince Abdul Karim Khan Baloch, has been kidnapped by Pakistani secret agencies from Khuzdar in early June 2007 (exact date is not confirmed), anon. correspondence, Jun 18, 2007
PAKISTAN: Maternal mortality in Balochistan nearly double national average, Reuters Alternet, source IRIN, Jun 18, 2007
Balochistan home to lowest-literacy rate population in Pakistan, by Staff Report, DailyTimes.com.pk, Jun 12, 2007
Missing Baloch's family looks for justice: Luqman alias Usman, Dailytimes.com.pk, Jun 15, 2007
Mother of GM Baloch appeals to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and human rights organisations , District Kech, Balochistan, BalochWarna.org, Jun 13, 2007
A letter to HRW action center: Re: Serious and Deadly Human Rights Abuses in Iranian occupied Balochistan, balochwarna.org, Jun 4, 2007
KARACHI: ‘Missing' man's family demands justice, by Staff Reporter, Dawn.com, Jun 5, 2007
Globalization and Democracy by Michael Parenti, commondreams.org (related to human rights globally)
17-year old boy hanged in Zahedan by the Iranian government, by Nasser Boladai, Spokesperson for Balochistan Peoples Party
An open letter to Amnesty International Secretariat; Subject: Killing of 12-year-old Iranian girl in Zahidan, by BalochWarna.org , May 27, 2007
Western Balochistan: Iranian Authorities hang five people, by iranfocus.com, May 29, 2007
Mass arrests in Iranian Balochistan, by Reza Hossein Borr, Balochistan Peoples Front
Online petition: Stop the Military Operation in Balochistan, sponsored by Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA)
Sardar Akhtar Mengal,
Akhtar Mengal shifted to Karachi
, The News, May 13, 2007; Unlawful Detention of President of Balochistan National Party; Taking on the State, Frontline, by Malik Siraj Akbar
MPA Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani, charged with treason in Pakistan anti-terrorist court. PPP leader gets bail, more
Missing persons case: SC hints at calling agencies' heads, By Mohammad Kamran, DailyTimes.com/pk, Apr. 21, 2007
Baloch community in Norway protest against military operation in Balochistan, for photos, BalochWarna.org, Apr. 16, 2007
VIEW: Citizens without a trace, by Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Daily Times, Apr. 3, 2007
Pak demands extradition of 8 Baloch leaders from UK in exchange of Rashid Rauf, report (comments by Imran Baluch), balochwarna.org, Mar. 29, 2007; http://balochvoice.org/; Briton drawn into delicate diplomacy of swaps as Pakistan insists on reciprocal deal for terror suspect, (more details of swap). The Guardian, Mar. 28, 2007
Aakash Malah Released on Bail Today, press release, the World Sindhi Institute, March 31, 2007
Balochs urged to struggle for rights, report, Dawn, Mar. 27, 2007
Demand for release of Baloch youths, by Staff Reporter, Dawn.com, Mar. 9, 2007
Amnesty International: US turns blind eye to Pakistan's rights record, by Arun Kumar, BalochWarna.org, Mar. 7, 2007
US State Department Report on Pakistan, released by Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, BalochVoice.org, Mar. 6, 2007
Years of Reporting Dangerously, by By Adnan Rehmat, Internews Pakistan report; Pakistan: Arbitrary arrest/possible "disappearance"/fear of torture: Munir Mengal (m) Amnesty International; CAPSULE REPORT: IFJ concerned over deterioration of press freedoms and journalists' safety, IFEX; List of Abducted Baloch People, 2006
People's Resistance Movement of Iran rejects allegations of Alqaeda ties, Statement of People’s Resistance Movement of Iran, intellibriefs.blogspot.com, Feb. 20, 2007
'Disappearances' spoiling national image by Staff Reporter, Dawn.com, Feb. 12, 2007
Pakistan's missing persons, by Irfan Husain, OpenDemocracy.net, Jan. 24, 2007
Baloch authors want nationalist poet released, Daily Times, Jan. 2007
Pakistan tops SA list in killed journalists, Staff Report, DailyTimes, Jan. 12, 2007
Mengal being mistreated in confinement: HRCP, Staff Report, DailyTimes, Jan. 12, 2007
Acting chief of BNP-M arrested, by Dawn Correspondent, Dawn, Jan. 5, 2007
Jirga called to discuss Mengal's arrest, by Dawn Correspondent, Dawn, Jan. 1, 2007
Pakistani Refugees Suffering in Camps, by Abdul Sattar, Associated Press, Dec. 29, 2006
Dossier 2006: Human Rights Violations in Balochistan by Iran
IRIN Report: PAKISTAN: Hundreds missing in conflict-torn Balochistan, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, May 12, 2007
Irinnews.org (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
Baloch Society Of North America (BSO_North America)
Balochistan National Party
Additional human rights-related:
Press Release, 13 Apr. 07:
(by Balochistan Action Committee, balochactions@yahoo.co.uk)
download letter to Tony Blair or read letter online. Read full press release

In the USA, alert your senators here and cc: Senator Ted Kennedy.
World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples: Baluchis, MinorityRights.org, Oct. 2009