World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


PAKISTAN: Appeal for the afe recovery of student leaders

ALRC-STM-003-2014
June 16, 2014
A Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre

PAKISTAN: Appeal to end enforced disappearances and safe recovery of student leaders

The Asian Legal Resources Centre (ALRC) has on numerous previous occasions alerted the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the large numbers of missing persons in Pakistan. The country is continuously beset by widespread, grave human rights violations perpetrated by the various State-agencies and institutions, notably more so by the infamous Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)[1]and the military. Hundreds of students are reported missing as the result of enforced disappearances taking place across the country - particularly in the conflict - affected areas, mainly in places such as the Balochistan province.

In a recent incident of enforced disappearance by these state agencies, a student leader from the Balochistan province, Mr. Zahid Baloch, the chairman of the Baloch Students Organisation Azad (BSO-A) was arrested at a meeting of the students in the suburbs of Quetta city, the capital of Balochistan province, on 18th March 2014. According to reports he had been arrested by persons in plain clothes who have identified themselves as members of the ISI. They were accompanied by personnel in uniform of Frontier Corp. To date the whereabouts of Mr Baloch is unknown. It is a common occurrence that in the instances of such an enforced disappearance the detainee would undergo severe torture and ill treatment at the hands of his captors and may even be extra judicially executed during detention. Prior to his arrest, Mr. Baloch revealed to reporters at the British Broadcasting Corporation - the BBC that he foresees and imminent threat of his arrest and perhaps even extra judicial killing and that he feared for his life , as was done to so many of his fellow Baloch residents and activists[2].

In yet another incident, Mr. Zakir Majeed also a student leader was abducted allegedly by state intelligence agents on 8 June 2009 from Balochistan province and till now, his whereabouts are also unknown. Following several inquiries made by way of letters by the UN Working Group on Involuntary disappearance and by the Special Rapporteur on Disappearances on the Mr. Majeed's disappearance, on 22 January in 2010, the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) announced his release. The Home Secretary later confirmed that Mr. Zakir Majeed had been in fact released on 22 of January 2010, as per the NCMC's list published on its website[3].

Further in another incident, Ms. Karima Baloch, a 23 year of post graduate student was sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined a sum of Rs. 150,000 (US$ 1,875) after Ms. Karima and several other women staged a demonstrated against disappearances in August 2006.

According to available statistics, more than a dozen students from the Sindh province in Pakistan have been arrested, made to forcibly disappear and killed, extra judicially. These students who belong to nationalist groups[4] are and remain the main targets of state intelligence agencies.

Court cases against such disappearances are pending in higher courts particularly, in the Supreme Court but the adjudication process has been deliberately slow. The courts have failed to have any effect to neither halt nor prevent any law enforcement agency in Pakistan or armed groups from killing innocent civilians in this manner. The higher judiciary has still not shown any courage or willingness to call neither the army nor its intelligence agencies to appear before the court and to conduct credible investigations, and carry out inquiries of all complaints made by the family members of the disappeared most of whom have often openly accused the Frontier Corps and the military intelligence agencies for these abductions and killings.

The UN Human Rights Council must take urgent action to ensure the safe recovery of the missing students from Balochistan and Sindh provinces who were arrested by the state intelligence agencies. The Council must make appropriate interventions and pursue the government of Pakistan to end enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings from Balochistan and Sindh provinces, for good.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On How Obama’s Supreme Court Choice Says Everything (Bad) About His Presidency

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes misfire and turn out to be liberals in disguise (David Souter). Yet Obama has consistently skipped over the judicially qualified liberals and gone for a succession of centrists... More>>

ALSO:

Turkey: UN Secretary-General On The Terrorist Bombing In Ankara

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Ankara earlier today. According to the latest reports, the explosion in the Kizilay district killed and wounded dozens of people. More>>

ALSO:

Five Years On: Fukushima And New Zealand

Science Media Centre: It was the worst nuclear event since Chernobyl. In the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, a crippled Japanese nuclear powerplant went into meltdown, and the world watched as emergency workers scrambled to shut down and contain the reactors. More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF: 1 In 3 Syrian Children Has Grown Up Knowing Only Crisis

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011. More>>

ALSO:

Franklin Lamb: Syria’s Truce Bodes Well For Salvaging Our Cultural Heritage

The tentative cessation of hostilities in Syria, which came into effect on 2/28/2016, brokered by Washington and Moscow, is only in its second week... It is well documented that there have been daily incidents of artillery shelling, airstrikes and clashes. Yet, for the nearly 12 million displaced civilians, half of Syria’s population, it’s a much welcomed respite. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Rubio’s Last Stand (And Sleater-Kinney)

Well, it certainly was entertaining to watch Rubio succeed in getting under Donald Trump’s skin the other day, in the last debate before tomorrow’s Super Tuesday multi-state sweepstakes... The real killer for Rubio was that the most recent poll from Florida which shows him losing his home state to Trump by a huge margin in the primary due on March 15. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news