WSC stages protest against enforced disappearances outside 10 Downing Street
London: September 12, 2017. (PCP) The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) held a protest in support of the Sindhi political and human rights activists who have been the victims of enforced disappearances by Pakistani intelligence agencies. The enforced disappearances in Sindh have reached unprecedented levels in recent months as hundreds have been abducted. Amnesty International, the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, UNPO, and numerous other organizations have raised the issue of enforced disappearances in Sindh, but the Pakistani government has refused to acknowledge such allegations and concerns.
Scores of Sindhi and Baloch activists, as well as representatives of organizations such as the UNPO, gathered opposite 10 Downing Street to bring awareness to the ongoing human rights violations being perpetrated in Sindh, Pakistan. The participants raised slogans against the Pakistani government’s use of enforced disappearances and displayed pictures of several of the disappeared persons. The speeches centered on demanding Pakistan to end the human rights violations being carried out against Sindhi and Baloch people and to release all those who have been abducted.
In conjunction with the protest, a WSC delegation submitted a petition at the residence of Britsh Prime Minister Theresa May, to inform her of the human rights violations being carried out against the Sindhi people and to seek her support for their release. The petition noted that “The security agencies’ modus-operandi is to abduct, torture, and hold the activists incommunicado for as long as they see fit. Later, the activists’ are either killed and dumped on the roadsides, or released, but only after they have been brutally tortured and physically and psychologically traumatized.” Citing the British government’s support for international law and human rights standards, the petition requested the support of the government in pressuring Pakistan to stop the abductions, torture, and extrajudicial killing of activists in Sindh.
(About The World Sindhi Congress (WSC): WSC is based in the UK, USA, Canada, and Sindh and is one of the most prominent human rights advocacy organizations for Sindh and Sindhis. The primary objective of WSC is to create a better understanding within the international community about the persecuted status of Sindhis in Pakistan and about the Sindhi people’s struggle for human rights, including the right to self-determination. WSC is a registered company in the UK and the USA and is organized to carry out non-profit activities. For more information, visit www.worldsindhicong ress.org)