Geneva, March 08, 2016 (PPI-OT):International Muslim women’s Union has drawn the attention of United Nations Human Rights Council towards the food security of the people of occupied Kashmir particularly women after the imposition of Food Security Act by Indian authorities in the territory.
The organization through a statement submitted in the UNHRC during its 31st session in Geneva welcomed the report of the UN special rapporteur for the right to food saying, the report explores the structural, cultural, legal, economic and ecological barriers that women face in their fulfilment of right to food.
International Muslim Women said that the organization was dismayed on the repression and discrimination faced by women in conflict zones and occupied territories including Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “Like other conflicts women in Kashmir face worst kind of discrimination and human rights violations,” the statement added.
“Recently Indian government enacted National Food Security Act In Indian occupied Kashmir, this act is full of follies. The urban as well rural population is protesting against the implementation of this Act and has threatened if this act is not withdrawn they will cross over to other side of the Line of Control to Azad Kashmir for food,” it said.
The UNHRC was informed that this Act instead of providing food security had limited the access of masses to the food of their choice. “Women in this occupied territory have to bear extra burden of feeding their families as over ten thousand people have been subjected to enforced disappearances in the region in last 25 years,” the statement added.
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