73 years on: Kashmir crisis remains a living hell: Fai

Washington: Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of Washington-based World Kashmir Awareness Forum, today lamented the seeming conspiracy of silence over gross affronts to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, an occupation which itself violates still binding United Nations Security Council resolutions dictating a self-determination there under United Nations supervision.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington said, that unheroic muteness had emboldened India to a chilling campaign of human rights atrocities against innocent Kashmiris. The 900,000 Indian military and paramilitary personnel, he said, operate outside the rule of law under the protective umbrella of an Indian immunity statute.

“Egregious human rights violations are commonplaces: extrajudicial killings, rape, torture, plunder, abductions, mutilations, and arbitrary detentions. It is even a crime to salute implementation of the Security Council plebiscite resolutions, a shocking affront to the Council itself,” he added.

Dr Fai said, “The presence of the ‘UDHR’ and other human rights instruments offers no comfort to the people of Kashmir because its framers have not lived up to its spirit, at least applying it selectively to suit the objectives of certain powers. The candor and fair-mindedness support the conclusion that the United Nations has been painfully ineffective measured by the yardsticks of international peace, human rights, and self-determination.”