This is our appeal to international directors of all human rights organizations including but not limited to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Today 31 August 2011 is Eid (Muslim festival) in Pakistan celebrating the end of holy month of Ramzan.
Today once against sectarian foot-soldiers of the military state killed at least 11 Shia Hazara Muslims while they were offering Eid prayer in Quetta. More casualties are feared.
For the last several years, hundreds of Hazara Shias in Quetta, Saraiki Shias in Dera Ismail Khan and Turi Shias in Kurram agency have been massacred by the jihadi & sectarian extremists belonging to Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other similar groups, which are known to be supported by Pakistan’s spy agencies (ISI, MI etc).
Unfortunately, this massacre of Shia Muslims in Pakistan remains (1) ignored in Pakistani media or/and (2) misrepresented. In other words, Pakistani media either does not report or under-reports the mass murder of Shia Muslims, or their mass murders by jihadi/sectarian proxies of the military state is misrepresented as Sunni-Shia sectarianism by creating a false sectarian colour and false equation.
Unfortunately, leading human rights organizations e.g., HRW, Amnesty International, HRCP etc too suffer from the same deficiences as evinced in Pakistani and international media. These organizations either ignore or under-report the Shia mass murder or misrepresent it as ordinary sectarianism between Sunnis and Shias.
For example, HRW and Amnesty have not written a single report on the ongoing genocide of Saraiki Shias, Hazara Shias and Turi Shias taking place in Pakistan for at least four years.
We therefore appeal to the HRW, Amnesty and other organizations to urge their country directors /heads in Pakistan to urgently publish statistics on Shia genocide in Pakistan. Instead of issuing vague statements condemning violence against Shia Muslims, we need exact data and reports on how many Shia Muslims have been massacred in Dera Ismail Khan, Quetta, Kurram agency and other areas. We also need HRW, AI and other organizations to pay attention to each incident of Shia genocide and ensure its adequate coverage in Pakistani and international media.
In our next petition, we will highlight how some country directs of these organizations remain urban and class centric and selective in morality under the influence of certain proxies of Pakistan’s military establishment.
SOS: Please save Shia Muslims of Pakistan from massacre.
Here is the petition against shia genocide. Please sign the petition and spread it.