Tuesday, November 28, 2017

No U.S. weapons should be used in Balochistan

STATEMENT OF MR. T. KUMAR, DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA

✔_A couple of years ago when the disappearance was high rocketing in Baluchistan, the Baluchistan Governor was here. So I asked him actually at USIP, I asked him where the--whose weapons are you using? He said, oh, it is American weapons._ The reason is no conditions were put on it. So it is a matter of principle that Congress can put some requirement that no U.S. weapons should be used in Baluchistan in abusing its own citizens. That is something you can do.

You won't get permission from the State Department. Speaking about State Department, they were in sleep for years, not only now, earlier on as well. When Senator Baloch, Sana Baloch, was invited again to USIP, they refused to give him visa to come and testify. He is a Senator, elected Senate. So there are concerns that even U.S. over the years have ignored for different political reasons. So now the time has come through this hearing and through other mechanisms. We hope the State will also--the administration will also change its policy, not about any political questions there but primarily talking about the plight of Baluchis and how to stop abuses that are happening against them.

▶Source : HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONE HUNDRED TWELFTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION __________ FEBRUARY 8, 2012

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