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‘Speak and stand up’ for Kashmiris: Pakistan urges UNHRC


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the UN Human Rights Council to “speak and stand up” for the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to realise their right to self-determination.

Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN office in Geneva, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, was participating in a debate at the 47-member council. He said the human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has gone from bad to worse following India’s illegal steps of August 5, 2019.

Ambassador Hashmi said the deplorable human rights abuses, Indian occupation, and its illegal demographic changes in occupied Kashmir are clear violations of the declarations of Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.

He said India’s Hindutva regime has scaled up its suppression of the Kashmiri people flouting all fundamental human rights norms, principles and international law, as Indian forces continue to terrorise, summarily kill, and demolish homes with full impunity.

The envoy asked the UN human rights machinery, civil society and global media to continue to chronicle these signs and impressed upon India to comply with its obligations under international law by reversing its illegal actions of August 2019 and uphold fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people.

Earlier in Septmebr, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference and other Hurriyat organizations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) welcomed the demand raised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to address the human rights violations committed by occupational forces in Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine.

The APHC and Hurriyat organisations had called upon the UNHRC and OIC to send their teams to occupied Jammu and Kashmir to monitor the scale of war crimes endured by the people of Kashmir at the hands of brutal Indian forces in the territory.

They also urged the UN to place sanctions on India for trampling the world body’s resolutions on Kashmir adding that India under Modi has become a Hindutva fascist regime, which if not reined in will endanger the peace of the whole world.

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