UN Chief calls for respecting human rights including rights of Kashmiris

Kashmiris rendering sacrifices for freedom, not for election within Indian constitution: APHC

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UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscores the need for respecting human rights in his interactions with world leaders, including the rights of Kashmiri people, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

“The Secretary-General has always expressed, both publicly and privately, the need for all human rights to be fully respected and for the authorities to act in a way that each community feels that their identity is respected and that they belong to the country as a whole,” Deputy Spokesman Farhan Aziz Haq said in response to a question whether the UN chief would bring up China’s human rights record when he meets the Chinese leaders in Beijing during the Winter Olympics, beginning Friday.

“This is something he (Guterres) does consistently,” Farhan Haq said at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.

A journalist followed up on the deputy spokesman’s reply about the principled position of the secretary’s general on human rights, and asked “Does this position apply squarely and unequivocally to the people of Kashmir, who are suffering under the Indian occupation?”

“Yes. It applies across the board,” Farhan Haq replied.

Guterres will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics tomorrow, despite a request by the United States to skip the event.

In a message, the secretary-general urged the world to “build a culture of peace” through the power of sport, calling for nations to observe the Olympic Truce, endorsed last week through a resolution of the UN General Assembly. Meanwhile, In Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), incarcerated All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Masarrat Aalam Butt has urged the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take serious cognizance of the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir regarding widespread genocide, extrajudicial killings and gross human rights violations by the Indian occupation forces.

In a message from New Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail, he said that it was a matter of grave concern that near about ten million Kashmiris are continuously besieged by more than one million occupation forces who have been given a free license to kill people with impunity.

He deplored that all draconian laws have been put into force and every shield is being provided to the men in uniform to carry out the systematic genocide of the Kashmiri Muslims. In a statement issued in Srinagar, the APHC spokesman made it clear to Modi-led India that no elections can be accepted as an alternative to the Kashmiris’ internationally accepted right to self-determination.

He pointed out that the Kashmir resistance movement is legitimate and purely democratic while the Indian integral part mantra is absolutely baseless and has been rejected by the Kashmiris through massively attended anti-India rallies.

Meanwhile, in a statement, senior APHC leader Professor Abdul Ghani Butt said the Kashmir dispute is now a dominant issue in the international political arena because of being directly linked to three nuclear powers Pakistan, India and China.

He hoped that Pakistan and India would prefer to avoid a war on Kashmir and start a meaningful dialogue process to resolve the dispute, once and for all. Earlier, The international community should take decisive measures to resolutely stop India from seriously violating the fundamental human rights of Kashmiris, especially their right to survival.

These views were expressed by Visiting Professor at Southwest University, Cheng Xizhong in an article. Professor Cheng noted that five innocent Kashmiris in Pulwama and Budgam in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) were killed extra-judicially by the Indian occupation forces.

He said Kashmiris have completely lost their freedom and the most basic human rights.

In January this year alone, the Indian occupation forces have martyred at least 23 Kashmiris in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

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