Islamabad, October 04: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has appealed to the United Nations to condemn and block the attempts of the Indian government to change the demographic status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (OIC-IPHRC) has released a detailed report after the recent visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir of its fact-finding delegation to assess the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. The delegation was led by the IPHRC Chairperson, Med Kaggwa, and comprised its members Dr Rashid Al Balushi, Dr Raihanah Binti Abdullah, Ambassador Abdul Wahab, Dr Ergin Ergul, Prof Saleh Al Khathlan and Dr Oumar Abbou Abba.

The report said that while the Government of Pakistan took the initiative to invite the OIC-IPHRC to visit AJK and meet with the refugees from IOK and other stakeholders of the dispute but India disallowed it to visit occupied Kashmir.

It pointed out that Jammu and Kashmir is one of the oldest internationally recognized disputes on the agendas of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the UN Security Council. The report maintained that Jammu and Kashmir dispute was related to the future of millions of people who wished to exercise their inherent and inalienable right to self determination.

The Commission expressed serious concern over the denial by India of the fundamental right to self-determination of Kashmiri people, well recognized by the relevant UNSC resolutions, and equating their legitimate freedom struggle with terrorism.

The Commission said that the reports of widespread use of torture including rape and molestation of women at the hands of Indian forces were particularly condemnable. There are reports of widespread curfews and curbs on religious congregations for fear of protests and people have legitimate security concerns regarding protection of their right to life and dignity, it added. The Commission asked the Government of Pakistan to continue to provide moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris and highlight the issue at all forums including the UN to create awareness over the human rights violations.

The Commission said that the use of draconian laws such as AFSPA was contrary to the international human rights standards. These laws grant sweeping powers to the Indian forces to detain, torture and even kill suspects without any fear of investigation hence has led to a culture of impunity, which violates fundamental human rights, it said.

The Commission demanded of the Indian Government to bring an end to the gross and systematic human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, allow free access to international media and independent human rights organizations to carry out investigations into human rights violations, repeal all draconian laws to allow the Kashmiris appropriate access to justice, free trial and freedom of movement, allow access to the humanitarian organizations to provide much needed medical support to the victims of the violence in particular recent cases of blindness by the pellet gun injuries.

The report quoting the data issued by the Kashmir Media Service said that Indian troops martyred 125 innocent Kashmiris during the ongoing mass uprising since the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, on 8th July, 2016 till 31st March, 2017. It said 7,485 people including women and children received pellet injuries. It pointed out that among those injured by the pellets, the vision of 2685 persons had been damaged during the period.

The IPHRC report said that since 1989 the troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 94,644 innocent Kashmiris.
(Agencies)

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