Continuing off this point, UNPO President and spokesperson for the Balochistan People's Party (BPP), Mr Nasser Boladai, drew attention to the fact that the Baloch are one of the groups who have been at the receiving end of the Iranian government's oppressive policies:
May 16, Hudson Institute and the UNPO will host a panel discussion with representatives of Iran's Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Ahwazi, and Baloch populations. Moderator Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Nasser Boladai ,Mauri Esfandiari, Arash Saleh, Dr. Karim Abdian, Habib Azarsina
Washington-based Hudson Institute, which is believed to have developed close ties to the Trump administration, has also taken up the theme of ethnic minorities in Iran. The institute has scheduled a seminar for later this month that features as speakers Baloch, Iranian Arab, Iranian Kurdish and Iranian Azerbaijani nationalists.
Idag känner vi samma sorg som övriga sörjande i landet och visar vårt varma deltagande i denna gemensamma sorg.
During the intensive two-day programme, Mr Boladai met with key Members of Parliament (MEPs), such as Ms Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL) and Mr Tunne Kelam (EPP), as well as with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and took part in events at the European Parliament on the situation in Iran after the nuclear deal.
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.