(source: Kashmir Media Service)
Kashmir delegates, Altaf Hussain Wani and Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan in their addresses to the inaugural session of the 15th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council have urged the council to take cognisance of the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.
Altaf Hussain Wani in his addresses, while commending the report of the High Commissioner, said that human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir was of no less importance than the situations discussed in the report of the High Commissioner.
He said that though the report covered wide range of issues and situation around the globe but it failed to address the human rights situation of the occupied territory where the peaceful demonstrators were being killed.
He said that strict grid of curfew continued for last three months, more than 70 people, mostly children were killed by Indian troops during peaceful demonstrations organised to express their demand for end to the continued culture of impunity and press their demand for right to self determination.
Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Executive Director fo Kashmir Institute of International Relations, in his address said that Indian had given wide range of powers to its troops in occupied Kashmir by enacting Armed Forces Special Powers Act which provided them impunity for the crimes they were committing in the occupied territory.
He said that the High Commissioner’s report failed to mention the human rights situation of occupied Kashmir. He said that Jammu and Kashmir Under was siege for last three months, which had caused serious humanitarian problem there, besides Killing more than 90 people.
The Kashmiri leader said that the population of Kashmir valley was facing shortage of food, medico especial life saving drugs. He urged the council and Human rights Commissioner to appoint a special representative for Jammu and Kashmir to assess the human rights situation.
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