The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) welcomes the Second report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the state of human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir, which was released on 8 July 2019. The OHCHR report has yet again affirmed the findings of an earlier IPHRC Report on the subject, which listed in detail the grave human rights violations and abuses suffered by innocent Kashmiris for their legitimate and peaceful demand to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination.
While focusing on the plight of the innocent Kashmiris suffering brutal repression and grave human rights violations at the hands of Indian occupation forces, the report has unreservedly upheld the need for respecting the right to self- determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as protected under International Law and confirmed by various UN Security Council Resolutions.
The OHCHR Report, though only an update on the last comprehensive report issued in June 2018, again explicitly confirms the ongoing atrocities and human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and documents in detail the excessive use of force by the Indian occupation forces including the use of condemned pellet guns to kill and maim innocent and unarmed civilians, arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings, as well as targeting of both the religious and political leadership of Kashmiri Muslims including peaceful protestors, under fabricated charges. As repeatedly highlighted by the IPHRC, the OHCHR report also confirms that these grave violations of human rights are perpetrated by Indian Occupation Forces under the protection of draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, which grant them absolute impunity from accountability and enables them to conduct their inhuman operations.
IPHRC echoes the call made by the OHCHR to establish the Commission of Inquiry under UN auspices to comprehensively investigate the confirmed allegations of human rights violations, and hopes that all parties will fully cooperate with the UN in formation of the Commission and its proceedings.
The Commission also sincerely hopes that the contents of these UN and other similar reports will help international community to persuade the Indian government to come out of its persistent denial of human rights of the Kashmiri Muslims; amend its repressive policies and reach a lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute by granting the Kashmiris their promised and undeniable right to self-determination.
In conclusion, the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission reaffirms the oft-repeated pronouncements made by OIC Council of Foreign Ministers and Summits to support the people of Jammu and Kashmir in achieving their legitimate rights, including the right to self-determination and resolving the dispute through dialogue in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.