UN Committee adopt resolution on right to self-determination


NEW YORK:     A key committee of UN General Assembly has unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming right to self-determination for peoples who are subjected to colonial, foreign and alien occupation.
Co-sponsored by 81 countries, the resolution serves to focus world’s attention on the struggle by peoples for their inalienable right to self-determination, including those in Kashmir and Palestine.
Presenting the draft, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Munir Akram highlighted the importance of right to self-determination that enjoys primacy in international law.
He told the committee, in an obvious reference to India’s annexation of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the disputed state was placed under a repressive lockdown with internet and phone communications cutoff.
Munir Akram said curfew and blackout, lockdown of civilian population, to suppress their ability to express their demand for freedom and self-determination is obviously a gross violation of human rights.