During the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, the Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) submitted a written statement to the office of the UN Secretary-General. In its statement, BHRC drew the attention of the UN Secretary-General to the pervasive cases of enforced disappearances in Balochistan.
In the written statement on Agenda Item 4, the BHRC provided verified counts of cases of enforced disappearances in Balochistan from January 2022 to December 2022. It further stated that the Pakistani military and civil intelligence agencies, with the help of their auxiliary militias, death squads, and religious outfits, are engaged in enforced disappearances and illegal detentions of Baloch intellectuals and social and political activists by the thousands, whilst dumping the bodies of victims of enforced disappearances with visible marks of inhuman torture has become a routine matter in Balochistan.
The UN Secretary-General was told that with the newly created state facing a crisis of legitimacy, its ruling establishment employed numerous socio-cultural, political, and militant strategies to eliminate everything that might suggest a multinational picture for the state. As a result, state violence became necessary. The state established a ramified military structure with its affiliated political and religious outfits to combat the national aspirations of the subjugated nations.
The UN Secretary-General was requested that:
- The UN should establish a fact-finding mission to investigate the extrajudicial killings and mass disappearances of the Baloch political and social activists.
- The UN should bring the perpetrators of the heinous crimes against humanity in Balochistan to justice by initiating cases against them in the international court of Justice in The Hague.
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