Report: Rights Violations Worsen in Pakistan’s Baluchistan

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

A Pakistani human rights group says rights violations are rising in Pakistan's southwest Baluchistan province as militants and security forces increasingly target civilians.

In a report released Wednesday, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says at least 143 people have disappeared since 2009. The group says in these cases, there was evidence to substantiate the claims of family members who say the victims were kidnapped by militants and security forces.

The commission says that in almost all the disappearances there was no effort by police to investigate the cases.

The report says young men between the ages of 16 and 25 were specifically targeted. It says insurgents and religious extremists were also involved in the killing of ethnic and religious minorities.

Baluchistan province has faced an Islamist militancy, a local insurgency, and sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority Shi'ite Muslims.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is calling on the government to release political thinkers, address concerns about missing and displaced persons, and increase funds to the provincial government. The group is also calling for the withdrawal of army and paramilitary forces from Baluchistan.