United Nations: All Parties Hurriyat Conference has demanded the appointment of UN human rights special representative for Kashmir to look in to the human rights abuses by the Indian forces in Kashmir.
The demand was put forward by Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Convener All Parties Hurriyat Conference, AK chapter while addressing a special meeting on the side-lines of 37th session of UN Human Rights Council currently in progress, at the UN Headquarters Geneva.
As a rare gesture, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights attended the meeting. Besides, 500 representatives of the civil society across the globe also participated on the occasion.
Naqshbandi while addressing the meeting raised the issues of extra judicial killings, fake encounters, enactment of draconian laws, indiscriminate use of pellet guns, and denial of right to travel for APHC leaders in Kashmir.
He told the conference that Indian forces enjoy complete impunity and this situation has drastically increased human rights violations in Kashmir. He demanded the appointment of a special UN representative on the situation in Kashmir.
Meanwhile in Geneva, Naqshbandi also participated in a conference discussing “transitional justice to prevent atrocity crimes”. Naqsbandi at this occasion apprised the participants about ongoing systematic and massive human right violations in Kashmir including excessive use of force and indiscriminate pellet firing on peaceful protesters by Indian forces.
He told the conference that there have been 18 systematic massacres by Indian forces in Kashmir where thousands of Kashmiris have been brutally killed.