UN declares situation in Occupied Kashmir a serious concern

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al-Hussein has declared the situation in Occupied Kashmir as a matter of serious concern.    

He stated this during a meeting with over 500 representatives of civil society from across the globe, on sidelines of 37th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva.

This is a significant development because Zeid Al-Hussein holds distinction of breaking United Nations half-century of silence on Kashmir when he added Kashmir to a formal list of urgent humanitarian crises, along with disputes like Syria and Myanmar, in his policy statement in September 2016.

Al-Hussein did this after the extrajudicial murder of Kashmiri youth activist, Burhan Wani in the held valley.

The High Commissioner created a second history when he sustained the focus on Kashmir throughout 2017, culminating with his announcement this month that the UN will be launching a major report on the situation in Kashmir in June 2018.

The UNHRC will hold its next session in June. APP/AFP