OIC condemns ‘inhuman curfew’; calls for immediate restoration of civil liberties in occupied Kashmir – World

The Human Rights Commission of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OCI) on Tuesday condemned the continuation of the "inhuman curfew and blackout of communication" in Kashmir occupied by India and called for the immediate restoration of civil liberties.

"The OCI Permanent Independent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is horrified by the continuation of the suffocating blockade / inhuman curfew and the blackout of communication imposed by the Indian security forces since August 5 without losing sight of despite the widespread international condemnation, "reads a statement issued by the organization.

The human rights commission said that all occupied Kashmir has become the largest prison in the world with serious humanitarian and human rights repercussions in the innocent population of Kashmir.

"Despite this iron curtain blockage, there are credible media reports confirming that more than 5,000, mostly young cashmere, have been illegally detained by the [Indian] security forces, all Kashmir political leadership is imprisoned without any legal recourse, and journalists and human rights activists are being prosecuted on false charges. "

He said that the continuation of massive human rights violations by Indian security forces with impunity under an ideology excluding Hindutva reflects an obvious state bias, which led to the issuance of genocide alerts by international organizations of human rights.

"These are deplorable and flagrant violations of the fundamental human rights of Kashmir, including the right to life, the right to freedom of expression, the right to peaceful protest and assembly, which are contrary to international human rights laws and violate India's commitments and international human rights. obligations. "

The IPHRC also welcomed the statement issued by the rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council, which described the current blackout as "a form of collective punishment for the people of Jammu and Kashmir" and expressed concern about illegal detentions and forced disappearances of young protesters. and the use of excessive force, including real ammunition to disperse the protests.

"The IPHRC supports the recommendation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish an investigative commission under the auspices of the UN to thoroughly investigate all allegations of human rights violations."

The commission also welcomed and echoed the call made by the ICO to the government of India to immediately lift the curfew and communications blackout in occupied Kashmir.

He also urged the Indian government to grant access to the UN and OCI research missions to visit occupied Kashmir to independently and objectively determine the human rights situation on the ground.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1503321/oic-condemns-inhuman-curfew-calls-for-immediate-restoration-of-civil-liberties-in-occupied-kashmir


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