HR abuses in IIOJK can’t go unchallenged: UK lawmaker


Speakers at a conference in Bradford, UK, have said that human rights abuses cannot go unchallenged as India is engaged in demographic terrorism in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir in violation of the Geneva Convention.

British lawmaker, Judith Cummins, in her address to the conference “Kashmir Knocking at the World’s Conscience” hosted by Tehreek-e-Kashmir North Zone, said, “I stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kashmir in defending human rights.”

Extending peaceful and diplomatic support to facilitate right to self-determination of the Kashmiris, she said, “I will not stand by and see human rights abuses unchallenged wherever they occur.”

The conference was presided over by Fahim Kayani, president Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK. It was also addressed by Dr Khalid Mehmood, chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, who was chief guest on the occasion. Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK said the conference was a reminder to the international which has turned blind eye to the Kashmir dispute.

“The inaction of the world community over human rights abuses in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) encourages India to commit more human rights violations to crush peaceful movement of Kashmiris for right to self-determination,” the UK-based Kashmiri diaspora group said.

It said Narendra Modi is committing demographic terrorism in Kashmir and attempting to change Muslim majority status of Jammu and Kashmir into a Muslim-minority which is violation of 4th Geneva Conventions.

Dr Khalid Mehmood said the UN Human Rights Council published two reports on IIOJK but India denied giving access to rights watchdog to the occupied territory. “Modi’s fascism will push this region to nuclear war if this dispute is not resolved. It is the responsibility of the world community to resolve the Kashmir issue in peaceful manner,” he said.

British Shadow Minister, Imran Hussain, told the conference that he will continue raising voice against injustices and human rights abuses taking places in IIOJK. “We will never leave alone our Kashmiri brothers and sisters,” he said.—KMS