A Pakistani human rights activist living in exile in Canada has been found dead in Toronto.
Karima Baloch, 37, was granted political asylum in Canada in 2016 after working as a human rights activist in the troubled Pakistani state of Balochistan, prompting authorities to pursue and threaten her.
First chair Baloch Students Organization (BSO Azad), a political student organization, has been advocating for the rights of people living in the region who have been living in the insurgency for a long time and has been raising the issue of missing persons.
she was Reported by the BBC Among the 100 most inspiring and inspiring women of 2016 for their work in human rights.
This is the second Pakistani from Balochistan to live in exile this year. In May, Sajid Hussain, a journalist who wrote about human rights abuses in Balochistan, was found dead in a river in Sweden, where he sought refuge in Pakistan after threatening his life. Was
Baloch’s husband, Hamal Haider, who is also a Pakistani worker in exile, said she left home in the middle of the night Sunday for a walk on Toronto’s Center Island as she often did, but never returned. Toronto police later appealed for information on Twitter and his body was found on the island on Monday.
“I do not believe it is a suicide. She was a strong woman and left home in a good mood. “We cannot rule out a bad game because they are being threatened,” he said. He left Pakistan because his home had been raided more than twice. Her uncle was killed. She was threatened with quitting her activities and political activities but did not do so and fled to Canada.
On Tuesday, Toronto police said Baloch’s death was “currently being investigated as a non-criminal death and is not believed to be suspicious.” He did not provide further details.
But Haider said he had received several threatening messages on social media a month ago after raising the issue of human rights violations and military operations in Balochistan.
He said: “I was told that my brothers and my wife could be targeted. I didn’t take them seriously. We often find such groups and threats talking about human rights violations.
Latif Johar, a Baloch activist and close friend of deported to Canada, told the Guardian that police said Baloch’s body was found near a body of water. Police did not provide further details, he said. They did not tell us the cause of death, nor did they return Karima’s body.
Johar said he met Baloch on Thursday at the University of Toronto, where they were both students. He spoke on the phone on Friday. “I don’t think it’s an accident or a suicide,” Johar said. “We all feel threatened here. Even after the assassination of Sajid Hussain, I am scared when I find myself in a dark street.
Amnesty International said: “The death of Karima Baloch, an activist in Toronto, Canada, is shocking and should be immediately and effectively investigated. The perpetrators should be brought to justice without resorting to the death penalty.
Since moving to Canada, Baloch have raised their voices against human rights abuses in their home province and throughout Pakistan. She regularly addressed conferences, addressed the media and participated in protest rallies in Canada.
“He received threats from unknown Pakistani numbers on WhatsApp after some Baloch students were abducted in late 2017,” Johar said. “These threats also mentioned me. He was asked to return to Pakistan and was told that if he returned, the cases against him would be dropped and the abducted students would be released.
Swedish authorities have denied any wrongdoing in Hussein’s death, but an autopsy has not confirmed the exact cause of death. A family friend who has seen the post-mortem report and the police investigation told the Guardian: “The family was not convinced by the investigation and they have asked the Swedish authorities for more evidence. Is.
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