By Our Special Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland—While addressing the 26th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Kashmiri representatives urged the Council to act proactively on the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
Senior APHC leader Altaf Hussain Wani accused India of reaching a new low in its treatment of Kashmiris. After the mass graves and extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, India is now harassing Kashmiri students studying in colleges and universities in mainland India, in what is an unprecedented cruel treatment not seen in other conflict zones of the world, he said.
Since the start of 2014, at least three dozen Kashmiri students were not only expelled from their educational institutions, India imposed on them sedition charges. This, Wani said, is meant to spread despondency and fear among Kashmir’s young generation and deprive it of its basic right to education.
Senior APHC leader Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, in his statement to UN Human Rights Council, told the delegates that India has enacted a series of draconian laws that facilitate human rights violations. The Indian army and its paramilitary forces enjoy complete impunity against the crimes the Indian soldiers commit, he said.
Despite calls from international human rights organizations, India has so far not repealed the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which gives the occupation army a license to kill, he said.
Currently a Kashmiri Delegation is engaging international diplomats and human rights activists at the Palais de Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva, on the sidelines of the 26th session of UNHCR. The delegation comprising of Altaf Hussain Wani, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Mrs. Shamim Shawl, Shagufta Ashraf, and Ahmed Quraishi, met diplomats from Finland, Luxebourg, United Kingdom, and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and apprised them about the worsening human rights situation in Kashmir under Indian occupation. And urged them to use their influence on India to stop these violations.
[The YFK is a grassroots lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian military occupation.]