Nov 30, 2008

Program in DC Area: Baluchistan - Live Burial of Innocent Women

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Despite astounding leaps that our civilization has witnessed over recent decades human rights violation remains a matter of grave concern throughout the world. From Africa to Middle East and Asia to Europe and Americas human rights violation is rampant.
ANAA condemns in the strongest possible terms the live burial of five innocent women in Baluchistan.

FACT: Balochistan Senator, Sardar Israrullah Zehri, defended the recent incident of burying alive in his province, saying “these are centuries-old traditions, and I will continue to defend them.”
FACT: Acting chairman of Pakistan's senate tried to minimize the brutality of the crime by stating, again on the floor, that only five women had died, the sky had not fallen.
FACT: Now Israrullah Zehri has been promoted to the national cabinet by Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari as Federal Minister of Postal Services.
FACT: Tribal chief, Fateh Ali Umrani accused the media and human rights bodies of using the ‘honor killing’ incident to defame the Baloch. Mr. Umrani headed the jirga that ordered the killing of innocent women.

The prevalent local politics and closely guarded cultural inhibitions in Baluchistan and adjoining Tribal areas and complications arising from ongoing war on terror, the effort needs to go much beyond the conventional voicing of concern through human rights organizations. We are deeply concerned and eager to put together an action plan that would consolidate our voice and let justice prevail in the face of this human right violation of unthinkable p roportions.

Key Note Speaker: Mr. T. Kumar

Amnesty International USA Advocacy Director for Asia & Pacific

Program: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Registration & Networking
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM SWARA Tradition – Documentary
3:00 PM – 3:05 PM Opening Remarks
3:05 PM – 3:10 PM Welcome
3:20PM -3:25 PM Introduction – Key Note Speaker
3:25PM – 3:50 PM Key Note Speech – Mr. T. Kumar
3:50 PM – 4:00 PM Questions & Answers
4:00 PM -4:30 PM Interactive Discussion – Audience
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Resolution, Vote & Signatures

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