On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for her report and the oral update.
OIC believes that inclusive and constructive engagement between all stakeholders is necessary to ensure promotion and protection of all human rights. Setting aside our political divides and differences and working on commonalities is needed more than ever.
- The group agrees with the High Commissioner that “the impact of human rights violations in one part of the world can have serious regional and international repercussions on another”. Therefore, human rights violations of the people suffering longstanding disputes and conflicts like Palestine, Myanmar, Jammu and Kashmir, Nagorno-Karabakh warrant focused attention. The OIC urges the High Commissioner to continue to pay due attention to these situations.
- OIC reiterates its call to the High Commissioner to fulfill the mandate given by the Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/31/36 to produce a database of all business enterprises involved with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), directly or indirectly. The reasons for the unprecedented delay may be elaborated. OIC calls on all states and relevant UN bodies to take concrete and decisive actions to ensure the implementation of the recommendations made in the 2018 COI report on Gaza and hold those responsible accountable for the violations.
- On Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the OIC expresses its serious concerns on the inhuman security blockade/curfew and communication blackout imposed by India. This incarceration of 8 million Kashmiris has caused immense suffering and violation of their fundamental freedoms. OIC calls for an immediate uplifting of the curfew and holding perpetrators of human rights violations accountable. The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of OIC has called for immediate restoration of civil liberties in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The IPHRC has noted that “the entire Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) is turned into the world’s largest prison with severe human rights and humanitarian repercussions on the innocent Kashmiri population”.
- On Rohingya Muslims, the OIC reiterates its readiness to work together with all stakeholders to prevent human rights violations and for their sustainable, safe, dignified, peaceful and voluntary return and rehabilitation to their homes in Myanmar.
- Racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia has reached alarming levels resulting in stigmatization, stereotyping, attacks on hijab wearing girls, denigration of venerated personalities, lynching by cow vigilantes, hate crimes against Muslim migrants. Populist leaders and parties must be denounced for their Islamophobic narrative. Such a venomous rhetoric is a precursor to hate crimes and extremism which is rejected by all.
I thankyou Mr. President.
Resolution No. 10/46-POL On The Jammu and Kashmir Dispute
Expressing deep concern at atrocious and human rights violations being committed by the Indian occupation forces in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK) since 1947 that have resulted in the martyrdom of more than 100,000 innocent Kashmiris.
Welcoming and endorsing the recommendation of the Report of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Jammu and Kashmir for the formation of Commission of Inquiry to conduct a comprehensive, international and impartial investigation into the gross human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Condemns in the strongest possible terms recent wave of Indian terrorism in occupied Jammu & Kashmir that have resulted in the deaths of 48 people in the month of November alone making 2018 one of the deadliest years in the history of occupied Jammu & Kashmir in more than a decade with over 450 casualties; Unequivocally condemn the mass blinding of Kashmiri youth, including many women and children, by the pellet gun shots deliberately aimed at eyes;
Expressing deep shock at the discovery of more than 6000 unmarked mass graves in IOK with thousands of victims of fake encounters;
Rejecting the Sham and farcical elections held in IoK under the duress of 700,000 Indian occupation forces as a substitute to free and impartial plebiscite held under the UN auspices;
Endorsing the concern of the IPHRC report over the gross human rights violations in IoK, and denial by India to the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris guaranteed by international rights law and promised by various UN Security Council Resolutions.
Reminds the international community of its obligations to ensure the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and fulfill the promises made by it with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Urges the Government of India to allow OIC special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir and the OIC fact finding Mission to visit the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir for a neutral and impartial judgment of human rights situation there.