Ali Ziyad lays bare Indian brutality, deception in IoK

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Says Kashmiri youth, children continue to suffer dues to Indian barbarism,

Washington: Washington based Kashmiri youth delegate Mr. Ali Ziyad, while exposing India’s settler colonialism policies in Kashmir has said that succeeding generations of Kashmiri youth and children have immensely suffered due to India’s perpetual denial to grant Kashmiris their inalienable right the right to self-determination.

Mr. Ziyad made these assertions while speaking at the third committee informal debate of youth delegates organized by the Office of the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on October 21, 2020, which was attended and addressed by H.E. Volkan Bozk?r, President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Katalin Bogyay, Chair of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly,H.E. Olof Skoog, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation, and Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Mr. Ziyad said, “Kashmir has been reeling under illegal Indian occupation for the last seven decades. By obfuscation and deceit, India has denied the right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Succeeding generations of Kashmiri youth and children have suffered at the hands of Indian brutality”.

In the wake of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 05 August last year, he said that atrocities against common Kashmiris have intensified manifolds. Referring to crippling siege and communication blockade enforced by the Indian government soon after the abrogation of article 370, he said, “During the last fourteen months, India has illegally detained 13000 Kashmiri youth, tortured many of them, summarily executed young boys, put down protests violently, including the use of pellet guns against peaceful protestors and imposed collective punishment by demolishing homes and burning entire neighborhood and villages”.

About arbitrary arrests and killing of youth in fake and stage-managed encounters he said, “Even recently, the brutality of Indian occupation was on full display when in a fake encounter it killed 3 young people, one of whom was only18 years old”. “The Indian army had initially termed the three individuals as terrorists but later reluctantly, and for the first time in 33 years, acknowledged the occurrence of a fake encounter”, he said adding that hundreds of such incidents have taken place in the region, however, not a single Indian soldier has been prosecuted for these crimes.

Here is the text of the intervention of Ali Ziyad

Madam Chair,

At the outset, I would like to thank the organizers for giving me the opportunity to address the Third Committee as a youth delegate.

The world today is home to the largest generation of young people in history. As guardians of the future, we not only want to positively contribute to our own societies but also aspire for a peaceful world envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Realizing our aspirations depends on realizing our rights. A world in which the human rights of every young person are realized; that ensures every young person is empowered to achieve his full potential.

Madam Chair,

Despite our potential, 25% of young people today continue to be directly or indirectly affected by violence and armed conflict.

I too come from such a background.

As a youth delegate from Jammu and Kashmir, my own region has been reeling under illegal Indian occupation for the last seven decades.

By obfuscation and deceit, India has denied the right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Succeeding generations of Kashmiri youth and children have suffered at the hands of Indian brutality.

In the wake of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 05 August last year, these atrocities have redoubled. During the last fourteen months, India has illegally detained 13000 Kashmiri youth, tortured many of them, summarily executed young boys, put down protests violently, including the use of pellet guns against peaceful protestors and imposed collective punishment by demolishing homes and burning entire neighborhood and villages.

Even recently, the brutality of Indian occupation was on full display when in a fake encounter it killed 3 young people, one of whom was only18 years old. The Indian army had initially termed the three individuals as “terrorists” but later reluctantly, and for the first time in 33 years, acknowledged the occurrence of a fake encounter.

This was only possible due to increased scrutiny from international media and civil society. However, not a single Indian soldier has been prosecuted for these crimes.

Madam Chair,

As the voice of Kashmiri youth, I implore the international community to come forward and play its effective role.

The first and foremost goal for all Kashmiris, including its youth, is the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council which have promised the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right of self-determination.

In the meantime, mechanisms must be put in place to check the impunity of the Indian government and stop the settler colonial policies which are creating further political, economic and territorial marginalization of the Kashmiris and it’s youth.

I thank you.

Ali Ziyad,

Kashmiri Youth Delegate, USA

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