Appoint a commission of inquiry: Kashmiri delegation urges at HR debate in Geneva

Geneva: Kashmiri delegation members took part in the General debate on the oral updates of the UN high commissioner on human rights at 51 st session of the UN human rights council in Geneva. Wani urges UNHRC to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate HR abuses in IoK Geneva: Prominent rights activist and chairman of Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR), Altaf Hussain Wani has urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to urge the UNHRC to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate the ongoing and past HR violations in Kashmir and hold the Human Rights violators responsible for their wrongdoings. Taking part in General Debate held under agenda item 2 Altaf Hussain Wani while speaking on the behalf of World Muslim Congress expressed his dismay over the UNHCR acting High Commissioner’s failure to report about the worst human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir where people have been facing systematic and gross human rights violations and abuses by India since decades. Demanding the OHCR’s special attention towards the worsening situation in the held territory he said that Amnesty International’s (AI) scathing report on blatant HR violations in the region was an eye-opener for the world. Referring to the AI’s report, Wani said that the report stated that at least 36 journalists have faced interrogation, raids, threats, or physical assault for their reporting until now. He said that despite expulsion from Kashmir and India the AI tried to document the human rights situation which also reflects that the ground realities were underreported and can lead to a catastrophic situation. He said that India was denying access to any HR organization in Kashmir fearing it would expose their genocide of Kashmiris. Wani urged the UNHRC to appoint a commission of inquiry on the ongoing and past HR violations in Kashmir to hold the HR violators responsible for their worst wrongdoings. Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad, Ms. Saira urge UNHRC to take notice of the worsening HR situation in IoK Geneva: Senior APHC leader Syed Faiz Naqshbandi has said that no change in Indian repression has been seen in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir even after the High Commissioner’s two important reports and statements in the Human Rights Council. Taking part in the debate held under Agenda Item 2 during the 51st session of the human rights council, the APHC leader said that Indian authorities in Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir continue to disregard constitutional guarantees and international obligations. He said that the judicial system was unable to provide adequate legal protection for the victims and laws in force provide impunity to the Indian armed forces. The absence of an accountability system, he said, has drastically led to increased fake trials and torture in Indian jails. The unprecedented Indian repression in Indian occupied territory, he said has snatched the fundamental rights of Kashmiris. He urged the Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry on Kashmir and hold perpetrators accountable. Meanwhile, the KIIR executive director Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan while taking part in a general debate held under Agenda Item 2 said that the demographic changes made in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir was of grave concern for the population in general and the Muslim majority in particular which feels threatened to be converted into a minority. Referring to the Amnesty International report, he said that the report lays bare the Indian government’s claims of so-called normalcy narrative on Kashmir. Since the revocation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status in 2019, he said that the Indian authorities have arrested many human rights defenders including journalists and activists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He said that dozens of journalists have faced interrogation, raids, threats or physical assault for their reporting until now. About the frequent internet shutdowns, he said that the people in Jammu & Kashmir faced at least 85 internet shutdowns in 2021 – one of the highest in the world. Khan urged the UN high commissioner to play her role to save the lives and property of Kashmiris. Welcome the report by the High Commissioner and the UNHRC’s efforts for the promotion and protection of human rights globally, Ms. Saira sought the council’s urgent attention towards the continued bloodshed and violence in the Indian-occupied Kashmir. She said that on the one hand unlawful and arbitrary arrests, torture, inhuman treatment of prisoners, and extrajudicial killings by the government or its agents continued unabated while on the other restrictions on free expression and media, human rights defenders and civil society organizations continued unabated. Referring to the Indian government’s nefarious designs to bring a demographic shift in the territory, Ms. Saira stated that redefinition of the age-old domicile law, delimitation of constituencies and granting voting rights to non-state-subjects were part of the Indian government’s game plan to change the region’s demographic complexion. She said that the people of the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir have been victims of every form of human rights violation and still await the council’s attention. Ms Shawl urges UNHRC to utilise UN mechanisms to protect Kashmiris’ life and dignityGeneva: APHC leader Ms Shamim Shawl has urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to utilize UN mechanisms to protect the life and dignity of the people in Indian occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Taking part in the debate held under Agenda item 2 during the 51st session of the UNHRC here on Wednesday, Mrs. Shawl while referring to rising global tensions that continue to threaten humanity at large said that the Indian-occupied Kashmir was one of the world’s conflict-hit regions where horrors were inflicted on the civilian population. Speaking on behalf of the International Muslim Women Union, She said that the UN High commissioner in her address to the 50th session had observed that these challenges leave their indelible mark on future generations. She said that every human rights defender needed to contribute to the protection of human rights and make an effort to improve the human rights environment, particularly in Ukraine, Kashmir and Palestine where international laws were being flouted and UN commitments being grossly ignored. The APHC leader said that the UNHRC office had presented two reports regarding the grave human rights situation in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. The situation in Kashmir, he said, has further deteriorated and human rights violations continue unabated. Regarding the ruthless suppression of democratic dissent in the restive region, Ms. Shamim Shawl said, “Democratic space to Kashmir political leadership has been denied and they continue to languish in jails and integration centres”. Citing the black laws enforced in the state, she said, “Indian government is using lawless laws such as PSA, UAPA and other draconian laws to suppress dissent in the region”. She regrettably noted that the administration of justice per established law was not available in occupied Kashmir.

(Courtesy kashmirwatch)