• Wednesday 21st April 2021

Gross Human Rights Violations Perpetrated By The Iranian Theocratic Regime Against The People Of Balochistan, Bpp Statement

One example for this deplorable situation is the case of a group of young Baloch fishermen. Being just an ordinary crew on a fishing boat on the Gulf, they were arrested and accused of drug trafficking. Later, they were executed, following a kangaroo trial and without them having had access to defence lawyers or a just trial.

In recent months, the security forces of the Islamic regime of Iran have intensified their systematic use of cruel human rights violations against Baloch people, using in particular extrajudicial executions and killings to terrorize the population.

Worse still, the Iranian authorities systematically target young Baloch men by first trapping and illegally detaining them, accusing them of drug trafficking, to then obtain ‘confessions’ through the use of torture. This labelling of innocent civilians as drug traffickers is a well-known strategy used by the regime in Tehran to physically eliminate the Baloch people, and has been used by the regime ever since it seized power. Amnesty International, in one of its reports, also highlighted that the Iranian regime systematically executes Baloch activists under the pretext of fighting drug trafficking .

National and international media, as well as the international community remain silent and fail to improve or even just acknowledge the horrible human rights situation in Balochistan. Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran interpret this silence as a sign of approval or at least disregard for the gross human rights violation perpetrated against Baloch civilians. Tragically, it thus does not come at a surprise that Iran has one of the highest rates of executions in the world, while the rate of executions of Baloch people is the highest in Iran.

One example for this deplorable situation is the case of a group of young Baloch fishermen. Being just an ordinary crew on a fishing boat on the Gulf, they were arrested and accused of drug trafficking. Later, they were executed, following a kangaroo trial and without them having had access to defense lawyers or a just trial. On 10 September 2016, the young Baloch were executed in Bandarabbas, a city on the Northern coast of the Gulf. According to the Balochistan Human Rights Groups, the families of these young men pointed out that their executed family members had been their families’ breadwinners and had been out for a fishing trip when they were arrested and later accused of being drug traffickers.


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