Members of Kashmiri delegation attending the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva apprised the diplomats and representatives of international rights organizations about the sufferings of the people of occupied Kashmir at the hands of Indian forces.
According to media sources, member of the delegation and Executive Director of Youth Forum for Kashmir, Ahmed Quraishi, told a sideline event at the UNHRC that India was at war against an entire generation in Kashmir. The event titled, ‘Youth in Conflict and Right to Education’ was presided over by Sardar Amjad Youssef Khan, Executive Director of Kashmir Institute for International Relations (KIIR), and the speakers included Altaf Hussain Wani and Hassan Al-Bana.
“The world’s largest movement today for civil and political rights, including the right to self-determination, is underway now in Kashmir. Young men and women are leading it. India hopes to stop the movement by crippling the younger generation through torture and murder,” Ahmed Quraishi said.
The rights activists acknowledged the role of female students in Kashmir in leading the freedom movement. “Instead of welcoming peaceful protests by women, world’s so-called largest democracy responded to unarmed women by using brute force,” Quraishi said.
Hassan Al-Bana said that schools and universities were the biggest victims of India’s assault on young men and women in Kashmir. “Amnesty International has conducted a research on this issue and concluded that New Delhi is targeting Kashmir’s younger generation under an undeclared policy,” he added.
He said, like other parts of the world, Kashmiri youth undoubtedly are very talented. Unfortunately, he said, the space they need to grow and work is being squeezed and narrowed. “The young boys and girls of today’s digital world are great admirers of social media but Kashmiri youth are deprived of all these facilities as the Internet is being suspended in Kashmir day in and day out by the Indian government,” he deplored.
“The civilian casualty rate in World War Two was five percent, but in Kashmir it has reached up to eighty percent,” Altaf Hussain Wani said.