Human Rights in Balochistan: A role for the European Union?

Da Silva, Laura

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Abstract

On the 14th of December 2015, according to a Balochwarna News report from the 17th, Pakistani security forces raided and carried out a house-to-house search operation in New Kahan (Quetta, Balochistan) after the burial of Surriya Begum, the wife of a prominent Baloch tribal leader. The security forces not only intimidated and harassed the local population, it also arrested several individuals. Furthermore, this was not an isolated incident, since operations were being reported in several parts of Balochistan; in the following days two people were allegedly killed and a dozen where abducted. These kinds of operations are not a novel phenomenon. On the 16th of December, Pakistani news and media outlets such as “The Nation”, reported that security forces had killed at least 204 people and detained 8326 during 1863 operations carried out under the “National Action Plan”, which started on the 16th of December 2014. . Given the context of the aftermath of the attack on the Peshawar School massacre, some might argue that these kinds of actions are part of a new policy; but the Pakistani military forces have a long history of comparable incidents.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: SADF - South Asia Democratic Forum
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2015
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 10 March 2016
Number of Pages: 3
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: Provinz Belutschistan, Pakistan, Menschenrecht, Europäische Union
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balochistan, Pakistan, Menschenrechte, Europäische Union / Balochistan, Pakistan, Human Rights, European Union
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
Series: Subjects > SADF Comment
Volume: 14 [n.s.]
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