The United Nations in Geneva Hears The Arguments of Three Leaders From Indian-Occupied Kashmir
By Our Special Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland—Three Kashmiri leaders appeared before world diplomats at the United Nations on and urged them to appoint a special envoy for Kashmir.
The leaders from Indian-occupied Kashmir in exile—Altaf Hussain Wani, Mrs. Shamim Shawl, and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi—addressed the 27th session of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva.
The Kashmir delegation to Geneva urged UNHRC to take note of the worsening human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.
The three Kashmiri leaders floated the idea of a special UN envoy for Kashmir during a debate in the Council on the latest report submitted by UN high commissioners.
Senior Kashmir freedom leader Altaf Hussain Wani said that world’s failure to implement UN resolutions and recommendations of the special procedures and UPR processes has encouraged India to carry out its policy of repression of the people’s peaceful movement for achieving the right of self-determination.
Syed Faiz Naqashbandi said that India has enacted laws that give Indian government agencies powers to shoot to kill. These laws are contrary to international human rights standards and India has failed to respond to the calls of international human rights organizations and special procedures.
Mrs. Shamim Shawl regretted that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has ignored one peculiar situation where human rights violations are perpetuated with impunity.
The human rights situation in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the pattern of impunity has again did not receive any attention of High Commissioner’s Updates which remain of a great concern.
[The YFK is a grassroots lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian military occupation.]