Rampant human rights violations of minorities in China and Pakistan

Rampant human rights violations of minorities in China and Pakistan

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Rampant human rights violations of minorities in China and Pakistan

The oppressed religious minorities in Pakistan and China, who have been facing persecution and state atrocities are raising their voices at international platforms, especially at the United Nations.

Even the economic activities of China are aimed at oppressing the minorities. Dolkun Isa, the President of the World Uyghur Congress said, “CPEC, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, not only impacts Uyghurs’ lives, but also so many Balochi people, Sindh people, Gilgit people and the rest of the people. They have destroyed daily life. But, unfortunately, the entire world is silent over the issue.” Common people of Pakistan are also helpless as their Govt has turned them into economic slaves of China.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that links Uyghur-populated Xinjiang to Gwadar port in Balochistan, has brought death and destruction not only the indigenous minorities of occupied territories but also to the Pakistani Muslims.

Human rights activists, intellectuals and diplomats gathered in Geneva on Wednesday to voice concern over the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by Pakistan and China through systematic torture and discrimination.

They raised concern over the gross human rights violations committed by Pakistan against Baloch, Sindhi and the Pashtuns, and against the Uyghur Muslims by China.

The event titled “Symposium on Freedom of Religion, Human Rights and Politics” was organised by Interfaith International, an NGO based in Switzerland.

Dr Lakhu Luhana, Secretary General of the World Sindhi Congress said, “Interfaith International has supported the oppressed nations of Pakistan such as Sindhis, Balochs, Pashtuns and Kashmiris. Dr Charles Graves (of Interfaith International) with his commitment and honesty has played a vital role in providing a platform to voiceless people.”

The participants also highlighted the systematic persecution of the ethnic and religious minorities in both countries through draconian laws and their armed forces while calling for immediate intervention by the international community.

Fazal-ur-Rehman Afridi, a Pashtun political activist said, “The Pashtun ethnic minority is systematically oppressed by Pakistan. In the last 20 years under the so-called war on terror, Pakistan has committed gross human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions and torture.”

when even the former prime minister cannot file an FIR against the ISI officer who was involved in the attempted murder of that Prime Minister then how can the people of Occupied territories of Balochistan, POK and religious and ethnic minorities in rest of Pakistan trust the state of Pakistan and its military establishment.