A WSC delegation comprising of Dr. Hidayat Bhutto, Gul Sanai, Mir Salim Sanai, Mubarak Ali Khuhawar and Dr. Lakhu Luhana participated in the briefing titled ‘Freedom of Beliefs in Pakistan’ organised by the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) and Asian Legal Resources Centre (ALRC) on the 12th of March 2015 during the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Dr. Lakhu Luhana was a panel speaker. In his speech, he informed the UN that Sindhi people’s historically secular society is under a ruthless attack of religious extremism, which is sponsored by the state establishment. He mentioned the unprecedented rise in the number of religious seminaries and free roaming of banned religious outfits in Sindh. He also presented the data of attacks on indigenous Sindhi Hindus, whose temples are burnt and vandalised and girls as young as 10, 11 and 12 are forcibly abducted, converted and married. He said that Sindhi people need urgent help and concerted action from the UN and the international community is needed. Sindhis can end religious extremism in Sindh in their struggle to save their thousands-years-old, tolerant civilisation.
In the concluding speech Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, who was also on the panel of speakers, said that he was deeply moved and concerned, particularly about the plight of Sindhi Hindu girls.
Watch the video of Dr. Lakhu Lahana’s speech.