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Kashmir at UNHCR

Since Pakistan has stepped up its diplomatic fight for the Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir, it is a significant gain by our diplomats that the United Nations Human Rights Council chief has expressed concern “about the impact of recent actions” in the occupied territory by Indian forces. At the Human Rights Council session, Michelle Bachelet minced no words to question India for its actions against Kashmiris such as blanket ban on communication as well human movement.
Bachelet said: “I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists … I have appealed particularly to India to ease the current lockdowns or curfews; to ensure people’s access to basic services; and that all due process rights are respected for those who have been detained… It is important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future.”
Later, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi kept the momentum by pleading the Kashmiris’ case in front of the international community, saying “We must not remain indifferent to the tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes in occupied Kashmir”. Mr Qureshi has demanded the UNHRC pay heed to the plight of the Kashmiri people to avert a “looming human catastrophe”. He spoke at length on India forces’ ruthless use of pellet guns, and unending curfew and clampdown on communications. The UNHCR must make a Commission of Inquiry, as recommended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and also monitor India’s human rights violations.
It has yet to be seen if the UNHCR will pay heed to Pakistan’s demand. Meanwhile, President Trump has in his signature queer way offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on Kashmir. Trump can influence India and world bodies to resolve the Kashmir issue. He, however, needs to be updated on the plight of Kashmiris for he said that the Kashmir issue is now less heated between India and Pakistan.



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