UN Human Rights delegation be deputed to Kashmir-Muhammad Farooq Rehmani
Press Release: September 11 2012
Islamabad: The Chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has called upon the UN to depute a high level delegation of human rights experts comprising Head of the UNHRC, and Chief Rapporteur on enforced or involuntary disappearances, custodial or extra-judicial killings and other rights violations to Jammu and Kashmir to address the sensitivity of unmarked graves, detentions, and restrictions on fundamental rights of the people. He said the step would be important from two counts: India could be prevented from inflicting brutalities on the people, and would be accountable for its unbridled terrorism, which would bring public respect to the world forum.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani hailed the latest UN member state’s recommendations on India’s human rights record and urged upon the World Body to implement it in the larger interests of peace and stability in South Asia. India claims to be the biggest democracy of the world, but the Government, police and army were armed with inhuman and draconian laws in Jammu and Kashmir and Eastern states to bring the people of these areas under coercive submission.
“The wide ranging- recommendations made by member states at the United Nations Universal Periodic Review(UPR) to address its most serious human rights problems, call upon India to ratify multinational treaties against torture and enforced disappearances, repeal the much- abused Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA), impose a moratorium on the death penalty, introduce an anti-discrimination law and protect the rights of women, children, Dalit’s, tribal groups, religious minorities and other groups at risk.” The comprehensive recommendations of the UPR have been hailed by The Human Rights Watch (HRW) urging India to make a serious effort to carry out these recommendations instead of simply pointing to existing legislation or policies. “India should repeal the AFSPA to end the scourge of impunity that has existed over many decades,” stresses HRW South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani rejected Dr Farooq’s statement saying that under the current and historical conditions Dr Farooq Abdullah’s claim of accession with India was baseless and ridiculous as the State was being ruled by India with the force of guns. The people of the state were never behind the so called accession and they always demanded free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices to determine future of their homeland. He challenged Farooq Abdullah to prove his statement by asking India to hold plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. He assured that the peaceful political struggle for freedom and withdrawal of Indian army would continue without any compromise on the core demand of the Kashmiris and no bilateral pact would be binding on the Kashmiris. The Kashmiris as some official believe don’t demand some sort of accommodation in the Pakistan-India talks, they demand recognition of the Kashmiris as an equal party to represent their case in line with their sacrifices.