Are the Brohi also Baluch?

August 30th is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The Amnesty International Dresden City Group will have an information stand in downtown Dresden to provide information about this human rights violation and collect signatures for those affected.

The so-called enforced disappearance is a form of arbitrariness by the state: people are kidnapped by security forces or other state organs and brought into their power. Your whereabouts are kept secret from lawyers, relatives and the public, while those affected have no opportunity to be protected by the law. The practice of enforced disappearance is prohibited under international law, but numerous countries around the world disregard their human rights obligations by arresting political opponents and dissidents and not disclosing any information about the whereabouts of those affected. They must be held internationally accountable for these crimes.

In order to draw attention to this practice that violates human rights, the Dresden city group is supported by Amnesty International on August 30th from 2 p.m. with an information booth on Wiener Platz (on the north side of the main train station, in the direction of Prager Stra├če) and collect letters of appeal to support those affected.

One of them is the Baluch Rashid Hussain Brohi, who was arrested on December 26, 2018 in the United Arab Emirates. His car was slowed down by two vehicles whose civilian-clad occupants identified themselves as members of the UAE's secret service, but could not produce any arrest warrant for his arrest. Since then, there has been no trace of Rashid, and the authorities have refused to provide any information about his whereabouts or possible charges that would justify his arrest.

Even the Argentine Facundo Astudillo Castro disappeared without a trace since April 30 this year after he was arrested by police near Buenos Aires. He had violated the nationwide quarantine to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. His family filed a complaint with federal authorities to determine his whereabouts, but Facundo continues to go missing with no clue as to his whereabouts.

In order to increase the international pressure on the governments that use enforced disappearances as a means of political repression, letters of appeal to those responsible are to be collected on the above and other cases. Amnesty International Saxony invites all Dresden residents to find out more about the disappearances and to raise their voices for the investigation of these crimes.