Mehrang Baloch criticises global silence on atrocities against Baloch in Pakistan

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Baloch rights activist Mehrang Baloch has raised concerns over the international community's silence on atrocities against the Baloch community in Pakistan. He expressed concern during a conference in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, which highlighted the problems faced by youth due to frequent wars and clashes in the Middle East and North Africa.

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The event titled 'Middle East and North Africa Youth Conference' (MENAYC) was attended by many youth activists from around the world and over 80 delegates from 14 countries.

In his video message, Mehrang Baloch said, “We the Baloch people are facing terrible genocide even in the 21st century and we deeply regret the world's silence over our plight. For seven decades, the youth, mothers, sisters and daughters of our country have suffered the worst tragedies of war.”

She said, “People all over the world are raising their voice for the oppressed people, but the biggest shock for us is that no human rights organization has raised its voice for us, nor have anti-war advocates spoken about our genocide. Today, when the suffering of the Baloch people is discussed, the issue of enforced disappearances comes to the fore. I say with full confidence that Balochistan is one of the regions in the world where the number of people who are forced to disappear is the highest.”

In his video statement, Mehrang Baloch accused the Pakistani army and intelligence agencies of carrying out enforced disappearances. He also said that the worst affected among the Baloch community are the youth, as they are often abducted when they raise their concerns against the administration.

In his statement, the Baloch activist said, “This number has reached thousands in the last two decades. Many Baloch youth have been missing for years, with government agencies not even telling their families whether their loved ones are alive or dead. This terror is not limited to the youth but also extends to teachers, journalists, poets, intellectuals, artists, women, children and the elderly.”

She said, “The pain of enforced disappearances in Balochistan is unimaginable and beyond words. We have girls who have never seen their fathers, and they were forcibly disappeared at birth, and they grew up without them. We have hundreds of women whose husbands have been forcibly disappeared, even after 10 years, they don’t know if they are still married or widowed, because the state refuses to tell them if their husbands are alive or dead.”

Mehrang Baloch said that his father was also a victim of enforced disappearance. Sharing her pain, Baloch said, “I was only 13 years old when my father was first enforced disappearance. I protested along with my siblings for his safe release, but in return I got the mutilated body of my beloved father. He was murdered, his mutilated and badly tortured body was dumped in a remote forest.”

Sharing information about her participation in the event, Mehrang Baloch said in a post on X, “My Video Talk: I am very honored to have been invited to the 'Middle East and North Africa Youth Conference' in Beirut, Lebanon. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to prior commitments. However, I recorded a video message that I shared with the courageous young voices of North Africa and the Middle East who, like Baloch, are facing systematic wars and crises that tragically rise to the level of genocide. Thank you for inviting me.”

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