Geneva, June 04: Kashmiri leaders Ishtiaq Hameed, Shameem Shawl and Sardar Amjad Yousuf have said that Indian troops and police personnel were continuing human rights violations of women and children in the occupied territory.
According to Kashmir Media Service, taking part in general debate in the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, they urged the United Nations and other human rights organizations to send their teams to Kashmir to assess for themselves the human rights situation in the territory.
The statement delivered by Mrs. Shamim Shawl on behalf of International Muslim Women’s Union on the occasion is as follows:
Mr. President: International Muslims women’s Union would t0 draw the attention of this council to the report of the special Rapporteur On extrajudicial Killings Document A/HRC/23/47 add, 1 In para 52 Special Rapporteur notes Women in India remain vulnerable and are too frequently victims of lethal violence. Sexual violence also occurs in the context of other forms of violence against women. Concern surrounding the violence exercised against women, in all its forms, has been expressed by a variety of international bodies.
In Para 66 Special Rapportuer notes that the burden of initiating civil, criminal or writ proceedings in cases of unlawful killings is frequently placed on the victim’s family. Their vulnerable status often cripples their ability to seek and secure accountability. Families of victims are not always aware of their rights in respect of the investigation of the death of the victim. The lack of knowledge of such rights forecloses the very opportunity to enjoy these rights themselves.
Mr. President:In light of the above observations of the special rapporteur I would like to bring to the notice of this council the plight of the women in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir who have faced the brunt of the Indian oppression. During lat 23 year Indian army used gang rape as weapon of war and over 9000 women were raped murdered and some of them murdered after rape. But none of the perpetuators was brought to justice till today.
Victims of mass gag rape that took place in Kunan Poshpora in 1991 still wait for justice
This is because of the culture of Impunity that prevails and the impunity that government forces and police enjoy against the crimes the commit against humanity. The like Armed forces Special Powers act which has earned a lot of condemnations at national and international levels remains bible for the Indian army and Para-military forces.
Mr. President: In conclusion I would like to call upon government of India to repeal such laws which are contrary to International Standards and facilitate human rights violation and I would also like to urge this council which has largely remained silent on the human right situation of India , to support the recommendations of christope Haynes for repealing of Armed Forces Special Powers Act and establishment of Commission of enquiry to investigate all extrajudicial killings in India and Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir .
Mr. President:The culture of impunity in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in over hundred thousand innocent death. Thousands have become victims of enforced and involuntary disappearances. Torture has been perpetrated upon the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The recent channel 4 disclosure has testified allegations of torture and other human rights abuses perpetuated by the Indian armed forces in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The saga of extrajudicial killings continues unabated. Draconian law Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) Public Security Act (PSA) and Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) provide total impunity to Indian security forces. The following are some incidents:-
On 8th of March one Ms. Hajra begum 50 lost her eyesight when police used pepper gas to disperse a protest in downtown city of Srinagar. According to report at least 50 youth have permanently lost eyesight due to unbridled use of pellet guns by police and paramilitary troops during protests in occupied territory.
One such case is twenty-one-year-old youth, a promising singer Amir Kabir, who lost his eyesight after he was hit by pellets during mass uprising in 2010. Amir, says that darkness spread upon his life forever. Amir is not an isolated case. There are many youth who have lost their eyesight due to widespread use of pellet guns. Projected as non-lethal weapon in occupied Kashmir, pellet guns have caused harm to more than 200 people since 2010.
On 18th of March Altaf Ahmad Wani, a shawl weaver by profession was killed when troopers of 73rd battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) opened fire in Zoonimar area on people playing cricket.
The fundamental rights of freedom of expression and free assembly has been muffed and political leaders and human rights activists are arbitrarily detained in police stations or put under house arrest. Journalists are harassed and intimidated for reporting human rights violations.
Right to trave has been denied to almost all political leaders and human rights activists. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq , syed Ali Gallani , Shabir Ahmed , Nayeem Ahmed have been denied passports .
Mr. President: Families of over 10,000 disappeared persons are looking towards this Council to impress upon India to start an impartial investigation of over 4000 unmarked mass graves.
This organization remains concerned with the human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir and urges this Council to take concrete steps to bring to end to massive human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir.
I thank you Mr. President: -KMS