Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, head of London based JKCHR, has termed the release of 49 page report as a great achievement.
According to media sources, Dr Gilani in an article wrote that the report was based on the mechanism of “remote monitoring” and that had defeated the Indian refusal to allow UN team into Kashmir.
Here are some excerpts from his article:
“The 49 page report prepared by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the 38th session of 47 member UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, on Human Rights Situation in Kashmir is a great achievement. The need to use “Remote Monitoring” to overcome the Indian refusal to allow the UN team into Kashmir was discussed by a 5 member JKCHR delegation at OHCHR in Geneva on 26 September 2016. It was followed up when OHCHR received a second 4 member JKCHR delegation on 16 June 2017.” “Credit goes to NGOs, civil society representatives and Governments that continued directly and indirectly to force the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to find a way out against Indian refusal to allow unhindered access into Indian occupied Kashmir to assess the Human Rights situation.” “The report is based on the mechanism of “remote monitoring” and that has defeated the Indian refusal to allow UN team into Kashmir. In para 28 The report admits that, “The report largely draws on information that is mostly available in the public domain, some of which was obtained by various parties in India through the Right to Information Act, and also reflects the findings of research and monitoring carried out by local, national and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and human rights defenders.” “Let us see how the 47 member UN Human Rights Council responds to this report or how best the people of Kashmir, use their efforts to trigger a consequence in their favour. Out of the present 47 members of UN HRC, 11 countries namely, Australia, Belgium, China, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America have taken a proactive part in UN Security Council Debates on Kashmir.”
A Kashmiri delegation met Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and thanked him for his historic role in the release of the first-ever UN report on Kashmir.
According to media sources, the report reaffirmed the international status of Kashmir as a disputed territory and censured India for serious human rights violations in the Valley. Al-Hussein made Kashmir history last week when he released a 49-page report on the situation of human rights in Kashmir, paving the way for an international intervention. The delegation thanked Al-Hussein, who is from Jordan, for his statement. Those who informally met Al-Hussein included Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Hassan al Bana and Advocate Pervez Shah. The Kashmiri delegation is participating in the 38th session of the Human Rights Council. Altaf Hussain Wani, Shamim Shawl, Tayiba Bashir and Ahmed Quraishi are also part of the delegation.
Hindu extremist organization, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has ended the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ending the four-year long coalition government in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, the decision was taken in a meeting chaired by BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi. The BJP ministers submitted their resignations to puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and MLAs have submitted their resignations to Governor. Amit Shah held a meeting with party cabinet ministers, various office bearers and in charges of Kashmir to discuss the political situation in the territory.