Jeddah 5th August 2019: The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), strongly condemns the ongoing and fresh human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) and deplores the lack of respect and insensitivity shown by the Indian Government towards the international human rights law, UN Security Council Resolutions and its human rights obligations.
The credible local and international media is replete with reports about recent deployment of additional 38,000 Indian para military security personnel in IoK. This fortification in the already heavily militarized IoK has aggravated the sense of fear and panic among the civilians amid impending uncertainty and insecurity. In the presence of infamous laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, which enable Indian security forces to trample human rights of innocent Kashmiris with absolute impunity, this buildup of forces has the potential to further exacerbating human rights violations and shrinking of civil liberties in IoK. Recent developments have been accompanied by increased level of hostilities at the Line of Control (LoC), where reportedly the Indian Army has used cluster ammunition (in contravention of the International humanitarian law), which has resulted in killing of and injuries to innocent civilians.
Worst still, the top leadership of the True Representatives of Kashmiris have been incarcerated and denied their right to legal recourse and dignified treatment, which is highly condemnable. It also gives the foretaste of looming adventurism by the occupation forces, to which the Kashmiri leadership is openly warning and protesting.
Both the national and international media is regularly reporting about the worsening human rights situation in IoK and linking the situation with the ultra-nationalist Indian Government’s plan to change the geographical delimitation and demographic complexion of IoK in total disregard to the wishes and human rights of the people of IoK. Recent buildup of additional security forces is also linked to planned crushing of the expected Kashmiri resistance through brute force. The Commission, taking note of these damaging developments, urges the Government of India to desist from undertaking any measures which have the potential to alter the status of IoK in contravention to international human rights and humanitarian law, UN Security Council Resolutions and Fourth Geneva Convention.
Furthermore, the Commission reiterates that the Government of India must implement the recommendations provided in the reports of the OIC IPHRC fact finding visit of 2017; Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of June 2018 and reaffirmed in the latest update of 8 July 2019, which call for bringing an immediate end to the human rights abuses and establish a Commission of Inquiry under UN auspices to comprehensively investigate the confirmed allegations of human rights violations.