Amid general assembly session, Kashmiris protest outside UN

Amid general assembly session, Kashmiris protest outside UN
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Bilateral partnerships have taken over human rights, democratic aspirations: Malik

SRINAGAR: Amid the ongoing UN general assembly session, Kashmiris held a peaceful demonstration outside UN headquarters in New York, USA. The protest along with many others was addressed by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik through a video link.
“Today, the people of Jammu Kashmir are being killed, maimed, tortured, jailed and destroyed for (demanding) fulfillment of the promises made by world powers including India at the United Nations,” Malik, according to a statement said.
“The human rights of Kashmiris are being trampled; their democratic rights being disregarded. They are even being denied a chance to mourn on their dead ones. Irony is that all this is being done in the name of democracy.”
Malik termed it “unfortunate” that no one seems to worry for Kashmiris because “the human and democratic rights of this tiny nation are too little, too small as compared to mighty trade deals, economic benefits and big buyer market of India”.
JKLF chairman said political strategies, security considerations, strategically important bilateral and multilateral partnerships have taken over humanity, democratic aspirations, human rights and other moral considerations.
He said the international community does care for human rights, right to freedom and right to life with peace and liberty all over the globe but Jammu Kashmir does not seem fitting in their global perspective.
Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference APHC), in a statement said the United Nations despite being aware about the “disappointing, dismal and shameful track record of human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir has failed to impress upon India to reign in its “trigger-happy” soldiers and stop killings in the state.
“Custodial killing, enforced disappearances and rape as a weapon of war are the hallmarks of Indian occupational forces in Kashmir,” APHC said. “Notwithstanding India not allowing the fact-finding mission of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to have access to the situation in Kashmir, India cannot be and should not be allowed to imperil global peace.”
“In the given situation in the region, it is your duty to take de-novo cognisance of Kashmir immediately as tensions (escalate) on the India-Pakistan border, otherwise the august body shall be failing in its obligations under the Charter,” the APHC said.


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