One of the purposes of the United Nations creation was to free the world from all forms of servitude – to protect the life and liberty of the people of the world. Right to self determination is the bed rock for realizing these purposes and principles and hence adequately reflected in all the human rights instruments.
- It has been more than seven decades, since the UN Security Council gave a clear verdict in favour of the right to self determination of the Kashmiris.
Seven decades of un-relentless struggle for freedom.
Seven decades of inexplicable and barbaric repression of the oppressor.
Seven decades of injustice, torture and all sorts of human rights abuses.
Seven decades of mothers losing their sons, sisters facing sexual violence and daughters growing up without fathers.
- On 5th August, India illegally changed the status of Kashmir in contravention of UN Security Council resolution and unleashed a reign of terror on Kashmiris.
- Indian designs are clear – Change the demographics of Jammu and Kashmir and make the indigenous population a minority in their homeland. Indian methods are inhuman and barbaric. In the words of Special Procedures, Indian actions are “unprecedented” and amount to “collective punishment”. Indian ploy of state sponsored terrorism includes pellet guns injuries, extra-judicial killings, torture, sexual violence, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, internet and telecommunication blockade.
- The situation is dire. 8 million Kashmiris are facing death – some due to lack of food, some due to lack of medicines, and the others due to Indian soldiers.
- India’s answer to all this is deniability, excuses and uncalled for attacks. The situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is the result of an exclusionary, racist and fascist hindutva ideology of the current Indian government. History has proven that appeasement of evil never works. It has taught us that to be indifferent or neutral in the situation of injustice is to side with the oppressor. The oppressed Kashmiris must not feel alone. Their suffering is a burden on our collective conscience. We must act together to relieve their solitude and give them hope that they are not alone.
I thankyou Mr. President.