UN HRC urged to declare all human rights defenders from Jammu and Kashmir

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Altaf Hamid Rao;

MIRPUR (AJK): India’s traditional hostile response over the recent first ever report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of Jammu and Kashmir is very disappointing for the people of Jammu and Kashmir in-particular and human right advocates the world over around in general.
This was stated by leader of the Kashmir delegation and Executive Director of the world-fame Kashmiri NGO – Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) while addressing 38th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of world Muslim congress late Tuesday, says a message landing and released to the media here on Wednesday.
Yousaf continued in his statement he read under agenda item 3 of the General debate in the august house as saying “ the Indian government did not allow fact finding mission besides continuous request by the Indian High Commissioner for last couple of years”. He added that the high commissioner’s report on one hand ask India to respect the right to self determination of the people of jammu and kashmir protected under international law and on the other hand discuss the gross and systematic human rights violations committed against the civilian population in indian occupied Jammu & kashmir.
Sardar Amjad Yousaf said that some of the states discussed the efficacy of remote monitoring mechanism, when the state do not give free excess to the office of high commissioner than remote monitoring is the only option left. “My organization request all member states to support establishment of commission of inquiry especially those states questioning remote monitoring by the high commissioner”, he prayed.
Leader of the Kashmiri delegation further invited the attention of the chair of the august house that the Indian government rejected the report while Indian official media tried to malign the high commissioner and office of the high commissioner for aligning with the a lobby group of Kashmiri human rights defenders alleging them as intelligence Aids.
“Due to this propaganda by Indian media the life of many human rights defenders in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir is at risk”, Amjad Yousaf said adding “ we already lost leading Kashmiri journalist and scholar Dr. Syed Shujahat Bokhari, editor in chief of a leading Srinagar-based English daily – exactly after couple of hours the day when the UN Human Rights Commission report on Human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir was released”.
The Kashmiri leader requested to the UN Human Rights Council to declare all human rights defenders from Jammu and Kashmir as internationally protected persons specially in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir where the names of the local organizations co-operating with the High Commissioner office was mentioned in the report.

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