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Pakistan delivers joint statement on behalf of 50 countries

September 11, 2019

Islamabad, September 11, 2019 (PPI-OT): Joint Statement delivered by Pakistan on behalf of over 50 countries at the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir has said that the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in the territory requires urgent attention by the Human Rights Council and human rights mechanisms.

The statement discussed in length the brutal measures taken by India especially after the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, and called for immediate lifting of curfew, ending the communications shutdown and release of arbitrarily detained people.

Below is the text of the Joint Statement delivered today by Pakistan at the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of over 50 countries from across various regions regarding the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in IOK:

“Mr. President,

The worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir, especially following decisions taken on August 5, 2019, requires urgent attention by the Human Rights Council and human rights mechanisms. We share the concern expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Michelle Bachelet regarding the impact of recent actions on the human rights of Kashmiris.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Special Procedures in their joint press release of 22 August 2019, civil society organizations and international media have repeatedly expressed serious concerns about the unprecedented restrictions and on the continuous curfew imposed since August 5, 2019, curbing of fundamental freedoms, communications blackout and reports of wide spread torture, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, molestation of women, and enforced disappearances.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his statement of 8 August 2019 said that “the position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions”. This position of the UN Secretary-General has also been corroborated by OHCHR’s Kashmir Reports.

Consistent with the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions, and human rights standards and international law, the international community should ask for:

Respect and protection of fundamental human rights of the people of Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir, especially the right to life, liberty and security;

Immediate lifting of curfew, ending the communications shutdown and release of arbitrarily detained people;

Immediate halt to the excessive use of force, especially the use of pellet guns;

Access of human rights organizations and international media;

Implementation of the recommendations of OHCHR’s Kashmir Reports including the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate egregious human rights violations;

Regular reporting by the UN High Commissioner for human rights on Jammu and Kashmir.

We also support a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through the implementation of the UNSC resolutions.

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