World Should Take Notice On Sufferings Of Kashmiri Women: Kashmir Delegation To UN
By News Desk
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD—Kashmiri women have had to step out of their gender roles, and assume masculine roles not only by fending their families because of their husbands’ absence due to their disappearance, homicide or detention, but also to protest the human rights violations that they suffer. This was stated by Kashmir Delegation leader Altaf Hussain Wani in a seminar organized by OCAPROCE International on the sidelines of the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
Others who spoke on the occasion included, Princess Makou Djuma, Chair OCAPROCE International, Shagufta Ashraf and others.
The Kashmir Delegation to the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Geneva consists of veteran Kashmir activist Altaf Hussain Wani, Executive Director Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK) Ahmed Quraishi, senior Kashmir women activist Mrs. Shamim Shawl, Kashmiri rights activist Shagufta Ashraf, Ishtiyaq Hameed, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, and Sardar Amjad Yousaf.
After the Indian-occupation, the pro-Indian government of Indian-occupied Kashmir approved the application of draconian laws, namely the (Jammu & Kashmir) Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1990, the J&K Public Safety Act (JKPSA) 1978 and the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) 1987. These laws as condemned by human rights agencies such as Amnesty International undermine people’s exercise of their rights and give immunity to the Indian authorities’ illegal and immoral actions.
In accordance to international regulations, the state’s duty to monitor and exhaustively seek the implementation of the international human rights treaties that address abuse and violence against women such as those that repeatedly take place in J&K.
YFK is Pakistan’s first pro-Kashmir, registered and nonpartisan International lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian-military occupation.