Masood asks UNHRC to hold India accountable for rights violations


Former AJK President Sardar Masood Khan on Friday urged the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to break its silence and hold India accountable for human rights violations and committing crimes against humanity.

Speaking at a webinar convened by Fahim Kayani, President Tehreek-i-Kashmir, United Kingdom on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, he said that Ms. Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and her office are silent at a time when the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has deteriorated.

The webinar was also addressed by Member of UK Parliament, Afzal Khan, Mr. President Tehreek-i-Kashmir, Europe Mohammed Ghalib, President Tehreek-i-Kashmir UK Fahim Kayani, prominent Hurriyat leader, Altaf Ahmed Bhatt, Executive Director Kashmir Institute of International Relations. Altaf Wani, Mr. Mahmood Sharif, Ms. Shaista Safi, and Mr. Ejaz Ahmed Tahir Chaudhry.

Sardar Masood asserted the silence of the UN Human Rights Council on Kashmir because of Indian pressure and global politics is an abandoning of its avowed functions and objectives. The UNHRC must speak and act. There is no excuse for being silent when human rights are being violated in IOJK with impunity.

He said that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had failed to publish its follow-up report on its earlier reports publish in 2019 and 2019 despite the most serious crime being committed in the occupied territory.

“India right now is bringing radical change in IOJK’s demographic composition.—INP

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