Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemns the ongoing abysmal human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), which include unlawful incarceration of human rights activists, denial of right to peaceful protests and use of brutal force to inflict bodily harm upon the innocent civilians including women and children. The Commission joins the international community in denouncing the recent unlawful detention of Mr. Khurram Parvez, a leading Kashmiri human rights activist, who is vocal against the human rights violations committed by the Indian security forces.
The recent heavy-handedness of Indian security forces, the worst in the Muslim-majority region in the last six years, in response to the peaceful protests in support of Kashmiris ‘right to self-determination’, has resulted in killing of at least 78 civilians and injury to over thousands that include blindness due to use of pellet guns. Over the past two decades, more than 60,000 people have been killed in IoK and both national and international human rights organizations have criticized India for its brutal and oppressive policies in Kashmir.
As mandated by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, the IPHRC, as an independent human rights organ of the OIC, has established a ‘Standing Mechanism on monitoring the human rights situation in the IoK’. It has approached the Indian Government to provide access to the Commission to visit the IoK to freely and objectively ascertain the reports of human rights violations. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has also made similar request. However, despite persistent efforts, Indian government remains in a state of denial and to make the matters worst has up the ante against innocent Kashmiris through use of excessive force including extrajudicial killings.
IPHRC, while strongly condemning the ongoing egregious human rights violations in IoK, reiterates its call on the Indian Government for allowing the Commission to visit the IoK, welcomes the pressure exerted by the OIC Secretary General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other international human rights organizations for ‘an independent and fact-based analysis’ of the reports of the use of excessive force and human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian security forces.
The recently concluded meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York has again raised its concern on the ongoing human rights situation in IoK and called for the early resolution of the Kashmir dispute. The OIC -IPHRC fully supports the OIC Contact Group’s position and renews its call for full moral, diplomatic, human rights and humanitarian support for Kashmiris for the realization of their fundamental right to self-determination, in accordance with their aspirations as provided in several UN Security Council Resolutions.