Geneva, March 17, 2016 (PPI-OT):Speakers from different parts of the world during a seminar held in Geneva on the sidelines of the 31st session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have condemned the Indian aggression and occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. Member UK Parliament, Mirza Khalid Mehmood, in his statement said that a number of pending international conflicts and disputes all over the world could have a detrimental effect on young people.
“Conflicts in places as diverse such as Kashmir, Palestine, Burma and sub-Saharan Africa have traumatized generations of young people and many have been dragged into war and radicalisation as a result. The key challenge for the United Nations is how we address young people with grievances and prevent them from being engaged in conflict,” he said. Ms Chistiane, Professor at Geneva University, said that people of Kashmir had the right to decide their future through self-determination.
Ms Shamim Shawl, organizer of the event and representative of International Muslim Women Union (IMWU), said, “We are here to listen not only to our youth from directly affected areas of conflict but we have the contributions of youth from different regions too.” She said, India is using military power to silence the voice of Kashmir youth by deploying more military regiments with all weapons in occupied Kashmir.
She said that support to the role of youth would be more effective if they were complemented by efforts to resolve the political dispute internationally. “They by their writings are fighting for their basic right for freedom. She appreciated the role of young people especially women writers who gave voice to the pain by writing “Do You Remember Kunanposhpora?”, “Prisoner No 100″, “The Half Mother”, “Residue” and “Half Widows”.
Shagufta Ashraf from Azad Jammu and Kashmir said that imposition of curfew every second day, restrictions on people’s movement and traffic, freezing of Internet services, killing and injuring of people were the evidences of the fact that the ground situation in occupied Kashmir had not only remained unchanged but it had deteriorated further during 2015.
Hurriyet leader and the Jammu and Kashmir National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, addressing the seminar over phone from Srinagar said that the increasing intensity of human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir required attention of the world community. He said that the troops and police personnel involved in these abuses were never brought to book.
The Chairperson of Kashmir Tehereek-e-Khawateen, Zamruda Habib, in her telephonic address from Srinagar said that Kashmir was the long-pending dispute with the United Nations which needed resolution in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. “We the women of occupied Kashmir are suffering as mothers, as sisters, as daughters and as wives. We have lost our dear ones. We the women of Kashmir are the worst sufferers, we want to live, we want to exist.”
She appealed to the international community to impress upon the Indian government to withdraw its troops from occupied Kashmir. Mr Leonarda from Graduate Institute of International Development also spoke on the occasion.
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