Shireen Mazari’s letter to the UN shines light on Indian abuse in Kashmir

PTI's Shireen Mazari wrote a detailed letter, sent to 18 UN Special Procedures mandate-holders (Special Repporteur), highlighting the massive violations of International Human Rights Law by the Government of India in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

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PTI’s Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday wrote a detailed letter to 18 UN Special Procedures mandate-holders (Special Repporteur) on massive violations of International Human Rights Law by the Government of India in IOK.

In her letter, Dr Mazari drew the attention of the UN Special Rapporteurs to the massive human rights violations committed by India against the people of Kashmir, in a blatant and forceful attempt to deny the latter their right to self-determination including the Gender-Based Violence as a weapon of war, Communications shutdown, Imposition of a curfew, Arbitrary arrests and detentions; arrests of political leaders, Religious persecution and violations against children.

She showed her grave concern over the violations and the threat of further worse violations of human rights, alongside the looming threats of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Indian occupied Kashmir.

Dr Mazari asked the United Nations Special Procedures mechanisms to intervene to stop the violations of International Human Rights laws in IOK, in accordance with their respective mandates, with the Government of India to request the following, inter alia:

That the State of India reverse its illegal annexation of Jammu and Kashmir; That the State of India end the communications shutdown in the disputed region of Jammu & Kashmir; That the State of India ensure compliance with its international human rights obligations, specifically under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; That the State of India ensure that the conduct of its security forces complies with the stipulations of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials; That the State of India fulfill its due diligence obligation to investigate and prosecute all unlawful arrests, killings, detentions and uses of force by its security forces, particularly in excesses committed against unarmed women and children in the disputed Jammu & Kashmir region.

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