Pakistan’s untold war: No justice for Balochistan’s disappeared

by Somaiyah Hafeez
In Pakistan, where there is an ongoing conflict between Baloch separatists and government, thousands are abducted by state forces and tortured in unknown locations. Despite the thousands missing, Pakistan has yet to consider enforced disappearances a crime. 
*During his first night in detention, Kambar was not allowed to sit nor sleep. His real name has been changed to protect his identity.
A long, violent campaign against the Baloch
Gaps in data mean thousands are unaccounted for
No justice under a culture of impunity
“Many families are reluctant to report cases due to fear of reprisals or [warnings that] they have a better chance of having their relatives released if they 'wait quietly'.” - Hina Jilani.
The Baloch women leading the movement against enforced disappearances
“There have been incidents of enforced disappearances of Baloch women prior to this or charging them with fake cases, but never has the state had such a big excuse. However countering this with more brute force will only further the resentment and instigate more Balochs to join the insurgency.”
Enforced disappearances yet to be criminalised
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Somaiyah Hafeez / Freelance Writer
Somaiyah Hafeez is a freelance journalist covering human rights, society, women's rights, climate and politics. Her work has been published in The Diplomat, The Guardian, The New Humanitarian and DAWN, Pakistan's largest English newspaper.
Data visualisation / Zafirah Zein, Meghan Poh
Design and illustration / Meghan Poh
Editorial / Zafirah Zein, Nabilah Said, Gwyneth Cheng, Loh Pei Ying
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