Senior APHC Leader Addresses States At UN Human Rights Council, Urges Self-Determination For Kashmir
GENEVA, Switzerland—Senior APHC leader from Indian-occupied Kashmir, Mr. Ishtiyaq Hameed, addressed the State and NGO delegates at attending the UNHRC session on Friday. Here is his speech:
The right to self-determination of people is a fundamental principle and is guaranteed under International law. It is embodied in the charter of the United Nations, International Covenant on Civil and Political rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Human rights are protected and upheld by international and national laws and treaties and are strengthened through legitimate claims for violators to be accountable to international standards. Human rights are universal, inalienable, interdependent and interrelated. They are universal because everyone is born with, and possesses, the same rights regardless of where one lives, one’s gender, race, religion, culture or their ethnic background. Inalienable because people’s right can never be taken away. Interdependent because all rights− political, social and cultural are equally important and cannot be enjoyed in the absence of others. The crimes of Indian occupation army, which numbers more than seven hundred thousand, against the people of Jammu & Kashmir have now reached genocidal proportions, presenting the worst example of state-sponsored terrorism. The demand of the people of Jammu & Kashmir for the inalienable right to self-determination was promised by India and endorsed by the United Nation Security Council. The Indian army and intelligence agencies are exercising black laws like Public Safety Acts, Armed Forces Special Powers Acts, and Disturbed Area Act in occupied Jammu & Kashmir. All this is happening in flagrant violation of the whole range of core human rights instruments and in continued disregard of the UN Security Council Resolutions. We consider the UN Human Rights Council as a protector and promoter of the human rights of people worldwide. My organization, on behalf of Kashmiri people, calls upon the Council to use its influence to persuade the Government of India to accord the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination. These basic rights, including economic, social and cultural rights, are important for the people living their lives under Indian military occupation.
This speech was delivered at UN Human Rights Council on the morning of 14 March 2014.