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World Sindhi Congress calls for action at 37th Session of UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, SWITZERLAND – A five-person delegation from the World Sindhi Congress attended the 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council between February 26th and March 23rd. During the session, the delegation participated in a number of activities, rallies and events, issuing calls to action regarding the human rights violations occurring in Sindh, Pakistan. Members of the delegation delivered three statements during the session where representatives from over 100 countries were present.

Dr. Lakhu Luhana spoke on the enforced disappearances of political and human rights activists in Sindh during the General Debate on the Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights on March 9th. Click to watch the video

During the General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention, Dr. Hidayat Bhutto issued a statement on the current human rights situation in Sindh.

Then on March 19th, Dr. Rubina Greenwood had the opportunity to submit a statement following the outcomes of Pakistan’s Universal Periodic Review.

WSC Chairwoman Dr. Rubina Shaikh speaking at Pakistan UPR item 6 during UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.

WSC Chairwoman Dr. Rubina Shaikh speaking at Pakistan UPR item 6 during UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.ورلڊ سنڌي ڪانگريس جي چيئروومين ڊاڪٽر روبينه شيخ اقوام متحده ڪائونسل جي سالياني اجلاس ۾ پاڪستان ۾ انساني حقن جو اداراتي جائزي (يونيورسل پيرئاڊڪ رويو) دوران پاڪستاني بيان جي آڏي پڇاڪندي. اهو هڪ تاريخي موقعو هيو جو 54 ملڪن جي سامهون پاڪستاني رياست جي ڪوڙن بيانن کي هڪڙو عوامي چئلينج مليو، مارچ 19، 2018

Posted by World Sindhi Congress on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 15th was a particularly busy day for the delegation as WSC staged a protest against enforced disappearances and human rights violations being carried out against Sindhi people in front of the UN Palace of Nations on March 15th. To wrap up the protest, activists submitted petitions to the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Later, the organization held the Saeen G M Sed Award Ceremony, which serves to highlight the achievements of Sindhi activists. This year’s honoree was Saeen Naveed Baseer, who hopes other nations and activists will stand with the Sindhi people as they continue to fight for their rights.

Collaborating with other organizations, the WSC delegates attended a number of events outside of the UN session. Dr. Hidayat Bhutto attended a freedom of expression event hosted by the Association Dunenyo and UKPNP hosted a side conference in which Dr. Bhutto spoke on neo-colonialism in the form of CPEC and the need to protect natural resources.

WSC statement by Dr Hidayat Bhutto in UN Geneva briefing on freedom of Expression on 12th March 2018.

Posted by World Sindhi Congress on Monday, March 12, 2018

Bringing the delegation’s time in Geneva to a close, Dr. Rubina Greenwood spoke about indigenous rights in Sindh and Balochistan at an event put on by the African Regional Agricultural Credit Association.

WSC Chairwoman Dr. Rubina Shaikh speaking at the UN side briefing about Human Rights situation in Sindh and Balochistan.

WSC Chairwoman Dr. Rubina Shaikh speaking at the UN side briefing on Human Rights situation in Sindh and Balochistan.ورلڊ سنڌي ڪانگريس چيئروومين ڊاڪٽر روبينه شيخ جي اقوام متحده ڪائونسل جي سالياني اجلاس جي هڪ بيٺڪ ۾ ڪيل تقريرجنهن جو عنوان آهي”سنڌ ۽ بلوچستان جي انساني حقن جي صورتحال” مارچ 19، 2018

Posted by World Sindhi Congress on Tuesday, March 20, 2018