Protests to be held on International Day against Disappearances
Date 2012-08-10 | Topic: London
|Baloch Student Organisation – Azad and International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons are holding simultaneous protests in several countries on the International Day against Disappearances for the safe release of Zakir Majeed Baloch and other missing persons. |
Zakir Majeed Baloch, the senior vice chairman of Baloch Student Organization – Azad is missing since 8th June 2009. He was abducted by Pakistani Intelligence agencies and his whereabouts are still unknown. It is pertinent to mention that recently the US Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher has written to the secretary of state Ms. Hilary Clinton to enquire about the case of Zakir Majeed and other forced-disappeared Baloch persons.
The protests are also aimed at highlighting other enforced disappearances and the kill and dump policy by Pakistani forces in Balochistan. It is to be noted that over 14,000 Baloch have been abducted by Pakistan’s security agencies. Around 500 people from the aforementioned figure have been killed under-custody. There brutally tortured and mutilated bodies were dumped in deserted areas and road sides across Balochistan.
The protest in London will be held on 30 August at 10 Downing Street between 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
The venues and timings for Norway, Australia, Sweden, Ireland and Karachi will be announced soon.
The Baloch Community in Germany has also announced to support the protest call given by BSO-Azad and International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. Baloch Community in Germany will be holding a protest in Köln on the same day.