By News Desk
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD—India came into sharp focus at a seminar titled, “Women and Children Rights in Conflict Zones, A Case Study of Kashmir”, organized by OCAPROCE International at the sidelines of the 28th session of UNHRC here at Geneva.
The speakers called on international community to impress upon government of India to end its repressive police in Indian-occupied Kashmir to quell the people’s resistance for right to self-determination. Altaf Hussain Wani, Vice Chairman Jammu Kashmir National Front who is leading a six-member Kashmiri delegation, said that Indian army and its para-military forces have used rape as weapon of war and there is no accountability for the perpetrators.
Over 9000 women of all age have become the victims of rape and sexual assault. Due to blanket of impunity Indian army continues to use this tool to humiliate the entire population of Jammu Kashmir. India has violated all international obligations and commitments. The whole range of human rights violations children in Kashmir have been the worst victims.
Due to heavy militarization children in occupied Kashmir grow under fare it has adverse effects on their education. The thick presence of the army in residential areas has serious ramifications including sexual violence .insecurity abuse and other sorts of harassments. This has caused a high number of drop outs at primary level. Over 250000 have been orphaned due to continued conflicts.
Wani reminded the NGOs, the reports of Special rapporteurs Marget Sakaya and Christof Heynea calling upon govt. of India to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). He also appraised the delegations about the onslaught on Kashmiris in different parts of India where students are mostly on receiving end.
Mrs. Shagufta briefed about the plight of Kashmiri women. Others who spoke on the occasion were Princess Micheline Djouma, Chair OCAPROCE International, M. Lamine Dianko, President ACI Human Rights, Mrs. Saadani and Human rights activists from Morocco.
The YFK is a grassroots lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian military occupation.