UNHRC Rejects Pakistan’s Objection, Asks Baloch Leader To Speak On Rights Violations Due To CPEC

Swarajya Staff

Mar 24, 2017, 09:14 AM | Updated 09:14 AM IST

The UN Human Rights Council meeting hall in Geneva.
The UN Human Rights Council meeting hall in Geneva.

After the Pakistani delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) interrupted the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) representatives to speak on the issue of gross human rights violation with the Balochi people due to the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, the international community on Thursday sidelined the former's request and asked the representatives to complete their statement.

"Since the agreement between China and Pakistan in 2015, hundreds of thousands of Baloch people has been forcefully displaced from the home town along their CPEC route. 12,000 army personnel deployed on the security are basically paving the way for CPEC by massacring the the local populous," said the BRP representative to UNHRC Abdul Nawaz Bugti.

Interrupting the Balochi representatives, the Pakistani delegations at the UNHRC said that it is an internal issue of the country and shouldn't be discussed at the council.

Sidelining the Pakistani delegation’s request to refrain the BRP representatives from speaking on CPEC issue, United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Netherland allowed Bugti to complete his statement.

After being allowed to speak, Bugti said that human right violation is taking place in the Dera Bugti region where Chinese and Pakistani companies are busy deep dwelling forest reserves. He added that the area is being exploited and the local people are being deprived of all the basic facilities

"The Baloch people have genuine concern of being deprived of their resources and being converted into minority into their own homeland through CPEC. But the state has responded with violence instead of addressing these issues," Bugti said.

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