Kashmiri delegations reaches Switzerland to attend UN Human Rights council session

Kashmiri delegations reaches Switzerland to attend UN Human Rights council session

MIRPUR (AJK) (APP): Kashmiri delegation, attending the UN Human Rights Council ongoing session in Geneva, has strongly praised the statement by the top UN diplomat for human rights, on India's role in Kashmir continues to resonate internationally, says a message released to the media here on Friday.

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Four Kashmiri delegates to the 33rd session of Human Rights Council in Geneva joined rights defenders from around the world in singling out Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein for praise, the message said.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights blasted India for excessive killings in Kashmir, asked India to allow a UN mission to meet Kashmiri victims, and demanded an independent international probe into the role of Indian army in the disputed region.

This position by the UN, according to the media message, was the first at this scale in possibly half-century, and is a major setback for India 's international diplomacy.

Kashmiri delegates Altaf Hussein Wani and Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan took to the podium to encourage the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to sustain pressure on India for its violations in Kashmir.

Mounting the Kashmiri diplomacy, senior All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leaders Syed Faiz Naqqshbandi and Hassan Banna separately met the Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Kate Gilmore.

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Wani, addressing the UN Human Rights Council during general debate, singled out UN High Commissioner for praise "Not only did the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have the distinction of addressing the first session of the second decade of the Council, he has also done a great service to the international humanitarian system by addressing a key issue: how growing number of powerful countries refuse to give access to OHCHR and other human rights mechanisms.

Wani added, "We call upon the Govt of India to fulfil its international responsibilities and cooperate with the International human rights machinery, the Human Rights Council, the high commissioner and his office and the special rapporteur in Kashmir".

Sardar Amjad Yousef appealed to important member States of the Council "not to sacrifice human ideals at the altar of business deals with India ."

"This council has a moral responsibility," Amjad added, "to speak and act for the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir , since Kashmir is a United Nations recognized disputed territory."

Amjad told the president of the Council that any delay in addressing the situation in Kashmir could worsen tensions in the region and get "out of control.

In the separate meeting with the Deputy High Commissioner Kate Gilmore, senior Hurriyet leader Faiz Naqshbandi endorsed her on High Commissioner's demand for an independent international investigation into Kashmir killings.

Kashmiri rights activists stand ready to assist the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in collecting facts on the ground in the disputed territory to help the UN deal with India, Naqshbandi added.