India’s Permanent Mission To UN In Geneva Faces Harsh Criticism At Human Rights Council For Ignoring 364 Cases of Disappeared Persons And For Violence Against Kashmiri Students In Indian Schools
By Our Special Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland—In the harshest criticism India faces in the United Nations Human Rights Council, veteran Kashmiri leader Mrs. Shamim Shawl told the Council president and members that India is an “irresponsible” member of the international community for ignoring repeated UN requests to probe 364 cases of disappeared Kashmiris over a period of sixteen years. Shawl’s strong criticism was part of a statement she read to the Council’s 27th session in Geneva.
The UN Working Group on Disappeared Persons “has sent 364 cases to the Government of India during last sixteen years and India has not investigated even a single case,” Shawl, who belongs to Indian-occupied Kashmir, told the Council diplomats.
“We are dismayed to know that the government of India has not yet accepted the request of the Working Group for country visit. How can a member of Human Rights Council be so irresponsible?” she asked, in the harshest criticism India faces during the current session of UNHRC.
Kashmiri activists continued their strong campaign against Indian occupation in Jammu & Kashmir at UN Human Rights Council, which is the highest international forum for human rights.
Senior APHC leader Syed Faiz Naqshbandi presided over an event parallel to UNHRC session organized by International Rights Defenders, titled ‘Education In Conflict Zone’. The seminar discussed access to education in Syria, Iraq, Hawaii, Alaska, and Kashmir.
Ahmed Quraishi, Executive Director of Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK), delivered a speech on his personal findings during visits to Syria, Iraq and the border regions of Afghanistan.
Turning to Kashmir, Quraishi said that the treatment of Kashmiri students in Indian schools is developing into a major international crisis and challenging the right of children to education in conflict zones. India, he said, needs to be seen publicly condemning organized attacks on Kashmiri students in Indian universities. The Indian government should also take credible and visible steps to prosecute those Indians involved in attacks on Kashmiri students and the political parties that instigate them through hate speech.
[The YFK is a grassroots lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian military occupation.]