UK Parliament Discusses Human Rights Abuses in Balochistan, Pakistan.

The UK Parliament held a debate to discuss human rights abuses in Balochistan, Pakistan, highlighting concerns over enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and suppression of civil liberties.

The debate, led by the right hon. John Mc Donell MP, shed light on the historical context of Balochistan and its strategic significance, emphasizing the ongoing struggles for independence and the suppression of Baloch culture and language by the Pakistani state.

Mr. Jhon McDonnell said that the situation in Balochistan is characterized by severe human rights violations, as highlighted by various human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

These abuses, including abductions, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, are often perpetrated by Pakistani security forces with impunity. Victims, including activists, intellectuals, and journalists, are subjected to torture and held incommunicado, with many found dead bearing signs of torture. This “kill and dump” policy has instilled fear and silence in communities.

Additionally, freedom of expression and assembly are severely restricted, with journalists facing violence and censorship, and people denied the right to peacefully assemble and voice grievances.Various Members of Parliament voiced their support for the Baloch people, condemning the atrocities committed by the Pakistani security forces and calling for diplomatic intervention to address the situation.

Concerns were raised about the treatment of Baloch women leading protests, as well as the plight of Afghan refugees facing harassment and detention in Pakistan.

The Minister of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, responded on behalf of the government, acknowledging the challenges faced by the people of Balochistan.

She reiterated the UK’s condemnation of human rights abuses and commitment to raising these issues with the Pakistani authorities.

The Minister also highlighted UK’s aid programs aimed at promoting human rights and democracy in Pakistan, despite the security challenges in Balochistan.

In conclusion, the debate underscored the urgent need for international attention and action to address the human rights crisis in Balochistan, with calls for accountability, protection of civil liberties, and support for the Baloch people’s aspirations for self-determination and cultural preservation.

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