WSC Raises the issue of Killing of Sindhi Activists at the UN Human Rights Council

World Sindhi Congress Raises the IDPs and Killing of Sindhi Activists at the 11TH Session of the Human Rights Council

London: Press release- World Sindhi Congress, a leading Sindhi organisation working for the cause of human rights Of Sindh and Sindhis, has raised the issue of IDPs and killings of Sindh political workers at 11th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva , scheduled from 2-18 June 2009.

The World Sindhi Congress attended the above session and was represented by its Senior Vice-Chairperson, Ms Suraiya Makhdoom. As usual, she attended the Council sessions as well as the NGO briefings and presented the current human rights issues confronting Sindh and Sindhi people. She also met various NGOs and other delegates and created awareness for Sindh problems…

Ms Makhdoom said according to the international norms, the first destination of the IDPs is the nearby areas. Therefore, the IDPs should be better accommodated in NWFP and Punjab , which are nearer to the war affected areas. But Punjab has refused to take any IDPs. So both the Central government as well as the provincial government of Sindh has decided to settle the IDPs in Sindh, which is about 1,400 Kilometers far from the homes of the IDPs. The government could not force Punjab to take the IDPs as it has already been humiliated there when it had to give in to the mass protests for the restoration of the Punjab deposed government and the judiciary in March this year…

Sindhi people’s peaceful struggle is going on. In the demonstration of Sindh United Party, Pakistani rangers and police opened fire on demonstrators, killing a young party activist, Akhtar Hussain Shah, and injuring many. On June 10, the police opened fire on a procession, killed three activists of Sindh Tarraqi Pasand Party, a Sindhi nationalist Party and injured many more.

Ms Makhdoom concluded her speech by requesting the world powers to listen to all the concerned and then negotiate a solution between Pakistan and its oppressed nations. This way the situation could improve, bringing about some sort of peace and security in the region.

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