On the occasion of the 9th UN Forum on Minority Issues, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in cooperation with the Society for Threatened Peoples will be organising a side-event in Geneva on the 25 November 2016 entitled "Forgotten Crises, Forgotten Victims: Minorities and Humanitarian Challenges".
Just as during previous visits to Washington DC, the issue of Baloch language broadcasting with Voice of America was a prime concern raised during the advocacy meetings. The delegation stressed the fact that in both Iran and Pakistan the Baloch people are on the frontline in the fight against terrorism and extremist forces - a situation compounded by Iranian and Pakistani media
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.
The Baloch people occupy homelands that stretch across the borders of the three countries and their "secular, tolerant and liberal tradition is now in danger" of being deprived of access to independent media, said the congressman.
The first panel looked at the human rights situation in Balochistan, and in particular at the state of press freedom and the systematic persecution of journalists in the beleaguered region.
Mr. Nasser Boladai, Spokesperson of the Balochistan People's Party (BPP) and President of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) visited Washington D.C. for two weeks this May together with Johanna Green, UNPO Program Manager.
So far, the question of national diversity in Iran has mostly been seen from the classic realist angle of the national security lens. The problems identified and the solutions suggested for resolving the crisis also bear a strong instrument of a security-centred approach by the Iranian state. This approach is also supported by most centrist dominated political groups.
UNPO President Mr Nasser Boladai, also spokesperson of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) and of the Balochistan People's Party (BPP), expressed concern on the isolation of the Iranian Kurds, as well as that of his own people, the Baloch.
Keynote speakers are Mr Nasser Boladai, President of UNPO; Mr Abdullah Mohtadi, leader of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan; Mr Loghman Ahmedi, Head of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan's (PDKI) Foreign Relations and Dr Seevan Saeed of University of Exeter.
Ms Deneysha Rirchard welcomed the current UNPO President, Mr Nasser Boladai, to the US capital this week during an interview for ‘DC Statehood Today', a local programming network.