Kashmir’s conflict needs urgent attention of the international community: Ali Raza Syed
Chairman Kashmir Council Europe Ali Raza Syed has said that Kashmir’s conflict needs urgent attention of the international community as it is a universal threat to the humanity. We are compelled to see this as one of the most urgent calls for the peace.
He was addressing a seminar organized by World Muslim Congress at the sidelines of the 31st session of United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
The seminar was moderated by Altaf Hussain Wani and other panel speakers of the seminar were Dr Zahoor Manzoor Member Brussels Parliament, Dr Karen Parker, Andre Barcs, Emima Abdusalam and Daniela Dongues. A documentary about the sedition charges against Kashmir Professor SAR Geelani was also screened.
During his speech Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed said, the misery and injustice in Jammu and Kashmir is not only the problem of a secluded community, while the conflict is a universal threat to the humanity. We are compelled to see this as one of the most urgent calls for the peace. We believe that the justice should prevail upon the power.
I am not going to narrate here the history of Jammu and Kashmir nor will I refer to the numerous calls from the UN or international human rights organization during last seven decades. Rather I will only say that every human life lost in this conflict, every respectable woman raped or every injustice is the injustice done to more than one and half billion people of India, Pakistan and entire South Asia. This is the unfortunate region that is made hostage of this conflict for seven decades. This is the region that is lurking under extreme poverty, decease, illiteracy, bad governance, corruption. This is the region whose states are compelled to spend their meager resources in building large armies and its lethal armaments including missile and nuclear programs.
About the issue of mass graves in IHK, Ali Raza Syed said, more than 10,000 innocent people have been disappeared. I want to raise a simple point of common sense. And this relates to Indian government’s refusal to conduct DNA tests. At one level, they claim that everybody killed by Security Forces was a militant or an outsider. Well, proving their identity, by DNA tests, shall only strengthen their claim beyond doubt.
We become sad and agitated to see our fellow Kashmiris suffering from Indian occupation are still deprived of the basic notions of dignified life with right to choose, right to life and right to move, right to fair trial, freedom from torture, freedom from fear and freedom from inhuman treatment amongst other inalienable rights and freedoms being enjoyed by the rest of the world at various degrees.
About the hardships of the people of IHK, he said, in my lifelong struggle for the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris, I don’t remember single year without a fresh reason of concern, a new act of horrendousness by Indian state. For the years, we have been agitating against mass graves, black laws and impunity to the state personals. Today even the people of India are starting to say that Indian occupation of state of Jammu and Kashmir is illegal. JNU Students and professors came out to support the basic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir
I hope that more and more people of India will support the rightful struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Now is the time that International community and United Nation (UN) should implement the resolutions passed by the UN Security Council some 60 years ago. Which gives the people of Jammu and Kashmir the right to decide their destiny in a plebiscite.
Referring to a UN’s resolution, he remind that on 21 February 1957 United States of America, co-sponsored by United Kingdom, Australia, Colombia and Cuba (pre-Castro) introduced Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council. United States was one of the five co-sponsors of the Security Council Resolution 123 (1957) of 21 February 1957 that reasserted the call for a plebiscite and declared that the Kashmir Constituent Assembly’s vote in 1954 to reaffirm the state’s accession to India was not internationally binding. Delegates were voted 10-0 in favour of the resolution a few days later.
Despite of such resolutions, the people of Kashmir are still waiting to exercise their rights and freedom along with everything that is guaranteed in United Declaration of Human Rights including the right to life, freedom of thought, freedom of choice, right to travel, protection from civil and political repression and right to self-determination as well.
He said, we urge upon Indian and Pakistani states to muster up courage to implement UN resolutions which guaranties the right to self-determination. But we know that it is not possible without active support from the international community. Now it is time for UN to implement its resolutions to end the long suffering of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.