A 10-member Kashmiri delegation hailing from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) will attend the 52nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The delegation, led by Chairman of the Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) Altaf Hussain Wani, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi,Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Shamim Shawl, Hassan Al Ban, Advocate Parvez Shah, Dr Waleed Rasool, Dr. Shagufta Ashraf, Dr. Saira Shah and Mrs Naylia Altaf Kayani, is in Geneva to attend the UNHRC session.
The delegation will participate in a host of important meetings with the UNHRC high commissioner, special rapporteurs, diplomats and representatives of international NGOs.
However, the main objective in the session will bring to focus the ongoing human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir, in particular the rising incidents of extrajudicial killings, mass destruction of properties, clampdown on dissent, attacks on people’s right to education and religious rights and the plight of Kashmiri prisoners.
The delegation would apprise the world of the Indian government’s sinister designs aimed at changing the demographics of the region and its anti-Kashmir policies intended to minimize the majority community’s role in the decision-making process and reduce their political representation in the legislature by granting voting rights to non-Kashmiris.
The visiting delegates would also raise the ongoing human rights situation, land grab , demolition of properties.—KMS