On March 15, 2023, the Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) held a seminar at the John Knox Centre in Geneva where it urged the UN to hold Pakistan accountable for committing crimes against humanity in Sindh and Balochistan.
The seminar, titled “Human Rights Situation in Balochistan and Sindh,” was attended by members of different human rights advocacy organizations. The seminar was moderated by Qambar Malik of BHRC, while Samad Baloch of BHRC presided over the seminar. Those who spoke at the seminar were Dr Hidayat Bhutto of the World Sindhi Congress, Dr Naseem Baloch of the Baloch National Movement, Jamil Maqsood of the United Kashmir People’s National Party, Kavita Pajan of Global Human Rights Defence, Raghavir Singh Sodho, Jamshaid Amiri of the Baloch Human Rights Council, Hassan Hamdam of the Baloch Human Rights Council, Hafeezan Wadhio of the World Sindhi Congress, and Sami Ullah Baloch of the Baloch Human Rights Council.
Speakers provided a detailed presentation of the human rights situation in Balochistan and Sindh, particularly the cases of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of socio-political and human rights defenders. The speakers unanimously held the Pakistani security forces accountable for grave violations of human rights in Sindh and Balochistan. They expressed concern that, despite the obvious involvement of the security forces in violations of human rights, they remain unaccountable. They stated that in international law, many of the crimes committed by Pakistani security forces against the Sindhi and Baloch people constitute crimes against humanity, necessitating a meaningful response from the international community to ensure that no crime goes unnoticed, especially when two nations are on the verge of extinction as a result of decades-old systematic suppression by Pakistan.