Press release : 19 March 2010 – San Francisco, CA, A delegation of World Sindhi Congress (WSC) comprising of Mr. Rehman Kakepoto, Dr Saghir Shaikh, Dr Iftikhar Soomro and Amber Kakepoto attended the 50th Annual General Body Meeting and Conference held on March 18-20th, 2011 in San Francisco.
Delegates participated in the sessions and held corner meetings with International human rights campaigners, UN representatives and Amnesty International (AI) leaders and discussed the plights of Sindhis and Balochs. WSC delegates met with Ms Hina Jilani a Human Rights lawyer and campaigner, Mr Juan E. Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteour, Ms Gouri Sadhwani, AI Deputy Executive Director and Kristina Brady, AI Board Member. In particular, the concerns regarding the forced disappearances, extra judicial killings, targeted killings and persecution of minorities in Sindh and other areas of Pakistan were shared with conference participants. WSC thanked and appreciated the Amnesty International for its support on forced disappearances cases. “Two Sindhi political leaders Mr Akash Mallah and Noor Mohammed Khaskhaly were miraculously released last week after 18 months of disappearance and Amnesty helped issuing the Urgent Alert on Mr Mallah and Mr Khaskhaly in December 2009,” said Mr Kakepoto, the Member of Executive Committee, WSC.
Amber Kakepoto, attended Youth sessions and volunteered with conference work for all three days. Dr Soomro mainly focussed on issues related to health rights as human rights and women’s rights.
“It has been tremendously educating event for us,” said Dr. Shaikh. “Today’s event reminds and reinforces to all of us that human rights include women’s rights, right to health, education, development and social and economical rights in addition to political rights,” he further said.