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WSC Holds Protest Rally in Geneva to End Human Rights Violations of Sindhi People

On March 10th 2016, World Sindhi Congress (WSC) in collaboration with other oppressed nations of Pakistan such as Baloch, Kashmiri, Siraiki, Gilgit Balistan held a protest rally in front of the Palace de Nations, the UN Human Rights headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The protest was held against the gross human rights violations perpetrated on Sindhi people, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of Sindhi activists, forced conversions and kidnappings of Sindhi Hindu girls, state sponsored spread of religious extremism in Sindh, forced population movement into Sindh and misappropriation of natural resources of Sindh.

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A large number of Sindhis, activists, and human rights defenders of other oppressed nations from all over the world participated in the protest. The protest rally was addressed by Dr. Charles Grave; Dr. Hidayat Bhutto; Mehran Baloch, Baloch Representative to United Nations; Noor Uddin Mengal; Sardar Shoukat Ali, Secretary General UKIJP; Sardar Mumtaz Khan, President of United Kashmir Peoples National Party from Canada; Senge Hasnan Sering, President of Institute for Gilgit Baltistan Studies US; and Dr. Lakhu Luhana, chairman of WSC. All the speakers condemned the gross human rights violations against Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri and Siraiki people and requested the international community to raise their efforts and their pressure on the Pakistani government to end the human rights violations occurring in Pakistan against these groups.

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At the end of the rally, a delegation comprising of Dr. Lakhu Luhana, Mehran Baloch, Sardar Mamtaz Khan, Senge Hasnan Sering, Dr. Hidayat Bhutto, Gul Sanai, and She Muhammad Baloch submitted petitions to the Secretary General of the United Nations and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting their help to pressure the Pakistani government to end the human rights violations against Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri and Siraiki in Pakistan.