Pakistan urges Unsc to act immediately to protect children in held Kashmir. UN: Pakistan urged the UN Security Council on Tuesday to take immediate action to protect children in conflict zones, particularly in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir [IOJK].
Pakistan’s UN ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram, said, “The scale and intensity of today’s conflicts are expanding our capacity to protect children.
“There is nowhere else in this grim reality than today’s IOJK. More than 300 innocent Kashmiri people, including women and children, have been killed in fake encounters and surveillance and search operations,” the ambassador said in a statement to the Security Council.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a parliamentary report on Monday urged India to stop using pills on children in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and to stop linking children in any way with security forces. Pakistan has reminded the Security Council in a written statement that the worst atrocities and state terrorism have occurred in the IOJK in 2020.
More than 750 Kashmiris were seriously injured, 2,770 innocent Kashmiris were arbitrarily detained, and 922 homes were destroyed as part of the collective punishment inflicted on the Kashmiri community.
Pakistan has reminded Parliament of a horrific photo of a 3-year-old Kashmir boy sitting on the body of his grandfather (Muhammad Bashir) who was killed by the Indian military by word of mouth on the Internet, sparking outrage on social media and civil society. . A three-year-old boy was seen sitting on his unmoving grandfather, crying.
“Such inhumane conduct not only violates UNSC resolutions on children and armed conflict but also violates the ‘best interests of the child’ principle under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to which India is a party,” said Ambassador Akram.
As reported in the Secretary-General’s recent report, as the situation in the IOJK worsens and attacks children increase, “We urge the Security Council to intervene by holding India accountable for grave international humanitarian law violations and the IOJK’s war crimes” he added.
Citing the Secretary-General’s recent report, Pakistan noted: The total number of major violations remained surprisingly high at 26,425. These violations include the continued killing and slaughter of children, recruitment and use of child soldiers, sexual assault and abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access.
The report said the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has compounded the challenges of protecting children affected by armed conflict and found it difficult for humanitarian agencies to safely conduct their jobs. “Whatever the cause of modern-day violence against children, it is time to call for an end. These practices must end and the perpetrators must be held accountable,” the ambassador said.
The secretary-general’s recent report also expressed deep concern over the “serious violations” of children in Jammu and Kashmir occupied by Indian security forces. It also “warns against the continued unlawful detention of (Kashmiri) children, torture and prosecution during detention and detention or detention without due process.
“Because of these serious concerns, the Secretary-General has duly urged the Government of India to ‘immediately end’ these practices and to take ‘preventive measures’ to protect children, including ‘stop using pellets for children at the IOJK .” Ambassador Akram said.
He informed Congress that since August 5, 2019, the human rights and humanitarian situation of innocent children in the IOJK continue to deteriorate, although several special rapporteurs and commissioners of the Human Rights Council, and children and armed conflict experts, have consistently raised concerns.