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.
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
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.
Mr Nasser Boladai, Spokesperson of the Balochistan People's Party (BPP) and President of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) visited Washington D.C. last week [16 November 2015] together with Johanna Green, UNPO Program Manager.
Not for us. Since he took power there have been more executions and more repression. Rouhani is not only a mullah; he has also been a member of the Iranian security apparatus for over 16 years.
Drawing on past experiences, Mr Boladai cautioned that, whenever there was a rapprochement between Iran and the international community, Tehran’s repression towards its national minorities increased through arrests, executions, extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances.
Nasser Bolaidi, the President of UNPO said " Their organizations is very much concerned about the enforced disappearances irrespective of who they are. But unfortunately, the issue of enforced disappearance is very alarming in Balochistan.
Mr. Mahmud Khalatbary, who served as Director General of the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO), in a discussion with Selig S. Harrison recalled that: "In CENTO, we always assumed that the Baloch would attempt to create their own independent state someday, ..., so it was desirable to keep them as politically weak, disunited, and backward as possible."